Something had to give.
It was the battle of the winless. Both teams needed a win and both teams looked at their opponent as a chance to get their first win.
After spotting the Raiders 21 points, the Browns roared back to win 24-21 and kept the Raiders winless at 0-3, while the Browns notched their first win of the year to go to 1-3.
The Raiders hadn't scored a touchdown in the first two games of the season and got their first score on the defensive side of the ball as the Browns gift-wrapped a score to them. In all, the Raiders scored three touchdowns.
However, the Browns trailed 21-3 in the first half and rallied to score 21-straight points to take the lead at 24-21 late in the third quarter.
A huge fourth down-stop by Orpheus Roye on fourth-and-one from the Browns' 29
kept the Raiders from at least tying the game at 24-24. Instead of attempting a
46-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski, the Raiders gave the ball to Lamont
The Raiders got on the scoreboard first when Sam Williams picked up a loose ball on a play that was ruled a Reuben Droughns fumble. Williams returned the ball 31 yards for a touchdown to give the Raiders a 7-0 lead with 7:50 to play in the first quarter. It appeared as though Droughns was down, but Romeo Crennel didn't challenge the call.
The Browns got a turnover near the end of the first quarter as Sean Jones picked off a pass from Andrew Walter and returned it to the Raiders' 40. The Browns were unable to take advantage of the turnover as Phil Dawson missed a 48-yard attempt to the right and the score remained 7-0.
After the Browns missed the field goal, Justin Fargas broke loose on a 49-yard run and after Kamerion Wimbley grabbed his face mask, the Raiders had a first down on the Browns' six. Walter hit Randy Moss on a five-yard fade over Daven Holly in the corner of the end zone to make it 14-0 with 10:16 to play in the second quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, Joshua Cribbs broke loose for an apparent 97-yard touchdown return, but it was ruled that he stepped out on the Raiders' 32. On the drive, Frye was sacked but the Raiders were called for illegal use of the hands to give the Browns a first down on the 19. After a holding call on center Hank Fraley, the Browns had to settle for a 28-yard field goal to make it 14-3 with 5:08 to play in the first half.
It didn't take long for the Raiders to come back as
Cribbs had another long run after the score, but kicker Sebastian Janikowski tripped him up at the Raiders' 43 to save the touchdown. The Browns moved to the two before Frye made a play-action fake in to the line and hit Darnell Dinkins for the Browns first touchdown to make it 21-10 with 58 seconds to play in the first half.
The Browns moved the ball on the opening kickoff of the second half, but Frye was sacked on third down and the Browns had to call a timeout to decide to try and kick a 49-yard field goal or go for it. They opted to go for the first down and Frye hit Kellen Winslow and then hit Winslow for a two-yard score as the Browns tight end went high for the ball in the back of the end zone to make it 21-17.
After the Browns defense stiffened--led by a sack by Wimbley-- Dennis Northcutt returned a punt 58 yards to set up the Browns go ahead score. Frye hit Joe Jurevicius in the corner of the end zone to give the Browns a 24-21 with 1:40 to play in the third quarter.
After a big fourth down stop by Roye, the Browns offense moved deep into Raider territory and took a gamble.
On fourth-and-inches from the Raiders' 20, Frye was able to go over left guard Joe Andruzzi and get the necessary yardage to keep the drive going with 6:45 to play in the game.
The gamble that paid off was short-lived as Frye scrambled and threw across the field but was intercepted in the end zone with 3:58 to play in the game by Asomugha.
However, the Browns stopped the Raiders and were able to get the necessary first down to run out the clock and preserve the win.