|Green Bay Packers||7||0||0||17||24|
CLEVELAND: Phil Dawson 21-yard field goal. BROWNS 10, PACKERS 7
CLEVELAND: Phil Dawson 39-yard field goal. BROWNS 13, PACKERS 7
CLEVELAND: Braylon Edwards 80-yard pass from Trent Dilfer (PAT blocked). BROWNS 19, PACKERS 7
GREEN BAY: Ryan Longwell 34-yard field goal. BROWNS 19, PACKERS 10
GREEN BAY: Robert Ferguson 19-yard pass from Brett Favre (Longwell kick). BROWNS 19, PACKERS 17
CLEVELAND: Steve Heiden 62-yard pass from Trent Dilfer (Dawson kick). BROWNS 26, PACKERS 17
GREEN BAY: Tony Fisher 4-yard run (Longwell kick). BROWNS 26, PACKERS 24
Solid offense line play and an opportunistic defense set the tone for the Browns against the Packers today, enabling Head Coach Romeo Crennel to notch his first win as the Browns head coach.
Cleveland held off a determined fourth quarter charge by future Hall-of-Famer Brett Favre to seal the win, clinching the victory on a surprising 62-yard touchdown catch and run by TE Steve Heiden.
The Browns offense started out strong as the team's veteran offensive line kept Trent Dilfer clean and allowed him to complete 13 of his first 16 passes for a first-half passing rating of 118. Sticking with their running attack much longer than in week one against the Bengals, the Browns managed to control the clock throughout much of the game, although starting RB Reuben Droughns was held under three yards per rush. Reuben Droughns finished with 50 yards on 20 carries. The Packers had held the Lions to similar numbers last week, although they lost that game as well.
The Browns run defense, which was abused last week by Rudi Johnson, allowed over 100 yards by the Packers but held rushing mainstay Ahman Green to 54 yards and slightly over three yards a carry. Brett Favre had time to throw, but was frustrated by clutch efforts by cornerbacks Gary Baxter and Daylon McCutcheon. McCutcheon had a key interception as well as two passes defensed, and Gary Baxter had a key end zone interception to prevent the Packers from creeping too close in the second half.
Other than what appeared to be a blown coverage leading to a 42-yard touchdown run by Donald Driver, the Browns defense was opportunistic in keeping the Packers under control. Andra Davis was very active, with twelve solo tackles and seven assists to lead the team.
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