Browns Hang On for Win, 20-16

Fred Greetham recaps the Cleveland Browns 20-16 win over the Detroit Lions in pre-season football, a game that went down to the final seconds before the Browns coaches could relax. Here's Fred's summary of the game...

Cleveland—The Browns had a couple of things they wanted to accomplish against the Lions, besides winning the game. First, they wanted to establish some consistency with the offense, particularly the first team.
 
Mission accomplished, well—sort of.
 
On the first series, the Browns moved the ball 24 yards, picking up a couple of first downs before Charlie Frye threw an ill-advised pass into a crowd and had it intercepted by Dre Bly..
 
On the second drive, the Browns moved 67 yards in 10 plays in 5:25. Frye hit Dennis Northcutt for a five-yard touchdown for the score. Frye set up in the shotgun and the snap bounced to him, but after nearly getting sacked, Frye eluded the rusher and stepped up in the pocket and rifled the ball between two Lions defenders for the score.
 
"Offensively, we were playing with more confidence and better precision," Romeo Crennel said. "We hurt ourselves with turnovers and that's something we have to improve on.
 
Oh, bye the way the Browns won 20-16 as the Browns scored 10 consecutive points in the fourth quarter to pull out the win and capture the Great Lakes Classic, improving their preseason record to 1-1. The Lions also evened their record at 1-1.
 
The Browns held on for the win as the Lions were at the Browns seven-yard line when time ran out as the Lions' quarterback Josh McCown tried in vain to spike the ball to kill the clock.
 
The Browns had some big plays on their first touchdown drive. Reuben Droughns started the drive with a 27-yard run.  Harrison went in with the first team to replace Droughns and had a 12-yard run up the middle on a draw play. He had another 9-yard run. Rookie fullback Lawrence Vickers had a two-yard run as he dove for a first down on third-and-one to set up the touchdown play.
 
On the third series, Joe Andruzzi was beaten by James Hall, who hit Frye's arm as he was trying to throw and it was ruled a fumble  recovered by LeVar Woods. After a challenge by the Browns, the call stood and the Lions took over on the Browns' 15.
 
It took the Lions no time to convert the turnover into a touchdown as Jon Kitna hit Kevin Jones for the score on the third play. The PAT tied it at 7-7 with 14:21 to play in the second quarter.
 
The first team came back out for the fourth series and played into the second quarter. Frye hit Kellen Winslow on third-and-nine for 15 yards and a first down.
 
Frye finished 8-of-11 for 41 yards, including one touchdown and one interception and a sack. He also ran once for nine yards. Droughns rushed seven times for 44 yards.
 
Kitna hit Roy Williams for a 45-yard gain as he beat Ralph Brown and Brian Russell to set up the Lions' second score, a 22-yard field goal by Matt Prater to give the Lions a 10-7 lead.
 
"Defensively, we were into the game and we only gave up one pass play, which hurt us down in their red zone," Crennel said.
 
After the Lions score, Ken Dorsey had the Browns in the hurry up and moved the ball to the Lions'15 before stalling. Phil Dawson kicked a 32-yard field goal with 13 seconds to play to tie the game at 10-10. The Browns went 13 plays in 2:04, covering 63 yards. On the drive, Dorsey was 9-of-13 for 65 yards, including a long of 12 yards. He was sacked once.
 
The Lions added two field goals by Prater to take a 16-10 in the third quarter.
 
The Browns took the lead early in the fourth quarter as Derek Anderson engineered a nine play, 78-yard drive that took 5:02 to give the Browns a 17-16 lead. Anderson hit Harrison for a 31-yard touchdown for the score.
 
Jeff Chandler finished the Browns scoring as he nailed a 33-yard field goal to make the final score, 20-16.


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