CLEVELAND — Let the quarterback controversy begin.
The Browns overcame a 28-14 deficit and rallied to tie the score at 28 in regulation before prevailing in overtime as Phil Dawson kicked a 33-yard field goal to give the Browns a 31-28 victory.
The Browns improved to 4-8 and the Chiefs fell to 7-5 as the Browns put up their most points of the 2006 season—most of them coming at the hands of their backup quarterback.
Charlie Frye left the game at half time with a wrist injury and did not return. He was at the helm for the Browns 14 first half points and had a good start. He was 11-of-13 for 122 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards. He led the Browns to another touchdown just prior to the half as Reuben Droughns rushed for a one-yard score. He had a QB rating of 131.4.
However, the story was Derek Anderson, who relieved Frye and led the Browns to 17 consecutive points in the win. Anderson threw two touchdown passes to Steve Heiden and finished 12-of-21 for 171 yards, including two touchdowns and one interception. His QB rating was 95.5.
His biggest play might have been an improbable 33-yard run that set up the winning field goal.
"That's by far the longest run I've had since high school," Anderson said. "I was just going until they knocked me down. I know I'm going to take some kidding about that."
"Derek stepped up and we talk to these guys about stepping up when you get an opportunity and he did that," Romeo Crennel said.
"We'll have to see what the doctors say about Charlie," Crennel said when asked about who will start next week.
The Browns overcame a four touchdown performance by Trent Green, who was 24–of-34 for 297 yards, including four touchdowns and an interception. His rating was 129.8.
After not scoring an offensive touchdown since Nov. 12 against the Falcons, the Browns came out after the opening kickoff and marched 83 yards on eight plays for a 7-0 lead. Frye hit Edwards for a 23-yard score on third-and-14 from the Chiefs' 23. Edwards went high up and took the ball from cornerback Patrick Surtain and safety Greg Wesley with 9:46 to play in the first quarter. Frye hit Joe Jurevicius twice on the drive and also hit Reuben Droughns besides Edwards. Frye was 4-of-4 for 62 yards, including the touchdown on his first drive. There had been some speculation that Edwards might miss the game if he was disciplined by Romeo Crennel for a side line incident against the Bengals.
The Chiefs answered the Browns scored with a 22-yard touchdown pass from Green to Eddie Kennison with 14:19 to play in the first half to make it 7-7. The Chiefs went 85 yards in 10 plays spanning 4:23. Kennison split Brodney Pool and Sean Jones for the score.
After stopping the Browns, the Chiefs took the lead as Green hit Tony Gonzalez for a nine-yard touchdown with 6:02 to play in the first half to give the Chiefs a 14-7 lead. The Chiefs went 80 yards on that drive in 11 plays and took 6:03 off the clock.
With Frye back in the game, the Browns drove to the Chief's 19 before being faced with fourth-and-one at the two-minute warning. They elected to shun the field goal and Frye took snuck up the middle for two yards for the first down. A 17-yard swing pass to the one on third-and-eight to Jason Wright set up a score by Droughns to tie the game at 14-14 with 19 seconds to play in the first half. The Browns 62 yards in 12 plays in 5:43 for the score.
The Chiefs took the second half kickoff and went 77 yards to take the lead as Green threw his third touchdown pass of the game. It was to tight end Kris Wilson to make the score 21-14 with to 10:08 to play in the third quarter. Romeo Crennel challenged the call on the field but it was not reversed.
After the touchdown, Darnell Dinkins fumbled the kickoff and Bernard Pollard recovered it at the Browns' 42. The Chiefs were moving, but Green tried to hit Wilson in the end zone and Daven Holly intercepted the pass to thwart the drive.
The Browns had the Chiefs backed up at the one, but three straight handoffs to Larry Johnson put the Chiefs at the 21. The Chiefs ended up going 99 yards on 14 plays in 7:41 to make the score 28-14 with 12:19 to play in the game as Green hit Gonzalez for a 23-yard touchdown pass.
The Browns had a scoring drive of their own as Wright took a shovel pass from Anderson for 54 yards to the Chiefs' six. Anderson hit Heiden for the score from six yards to make it 28-21 with 8:55 to play. The Browns went 81 yards on eight plays for the score.
The Browns took over with 5:18 to play, trailing 28-21. Joshua Cribbs took the first snap at quarterback and rushed for nine yards. A 14-yard run by Wright on third down took the ball to the Chiefs' 47. Anderson had an 11-yard scramble for another first down and then he hit Droughns for 16 to the Chiefs' 20 with 2:00 to play. Another short pass to Droughns took the ball to the 11. Droughns ran for the first down to the three to give the Browns a first and goal. Anderson hit Heiden for his second touchdown from three yards out and the Browns tied the game at 28-28 with 35 seconds to play. The Browns went 70 yards on nine plays for the score.
The Chiefs won the toss in regulation and were unable to move the ball into Browns' territory. The Browns took over at their own 22. After a 26-yard pass from Anderson to Kellen Winslow, the Browns moved to the Chiefs' 40 on an eight-yard run by Droughns.
After getting sacked on first down, Anderson scrambled and tip-toed 33 yards down the side line to the Chiefs' 13. It looked as though Anderson was going to go out of bounds and the Chief players eased up. After back-to-back losses on running plays, Phil Dawson came on to attempt a 33-yard field goal for the win. The Browns winning drive went 63 in nine plays and took 5:38 off the clock.
Anderson's Big Chance: Backup QB Derek Anderson played one series in the first half and the entire second half after Charlie Frye injured his wrist. Anderson was 12-of-21 for 171 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He also was the second-leading rusher with 44 yards on two carries, including a 33-yard run to set up the game-winning field goal in overtime by Phil Dawson.
JJ's Day: WR Joe Jurevicius led the Browns with six receptions for 75 yards. He had a six-yard touchdown reception that was ruled out of bounds in the fourth quarter. TE Steve Heiden had five catches for 27 yards, including two touchdowns.
So Close: The Browns had a chance to recover the loose ball deep in Chiefs' territory during regulation after they tied the game as Phil Dawson's kick was misplayed by the Chiefs. It appeared as though Chaun Thompson and Brodney Pool had a chance, but Bernard Pollard came up with the recovery.
Winslow in OT: TE Kellen Winslow did not have a reception in regulation, but caught a 26-yard pass from Anderson on the team's first play in overtime.
Sack Attack: The Browns gave up no sacks against the Chiefs in regulation. Keyaron Fox sacked Anderson in overtime. On defense, they registered two with Kamerion Wimbley and Simon Fraser each getting a sack. Then, LB Willie McGinest recovered a fumble as DL Simon Fraser knocked it out of Green's hand at the Kansas City 42 with 15 seconds to play. However, Anderson threw an interception to Kawika Mitchell and the Chiefs got the ball back with five seconds to play in regulation.
Active LBs: LB Andra Davis and D'Qwell Jackson led the defense as Jackson had 13 tackles and Davis added 12.
Cribbs at QB: Joshua Cribbs made his debut at quarterback to open the drive at 5:18 to play. He took the direct snap and ran up the middle for nine yards. Cribbs was the third quarterback the Browns used in the game.
Long Drives: The Chiefs moved the ball most of the game against the Browns resulting in some long drives. On their four touchdown drives, they went: 85-, 80-, 77- and 99- yards, taking over 23 minutes off the clock.
Old School: TE Tony Gonzalez scored his 60th and 61st touchdowns to tie and surpass Jackie Smith for second all-time among NFL tight ends in touchdowns. Gonzalez had four catches for 47 yards, including a touchdown in the first half. Gonzalez finished with nine receptions for 105 yards, including two touchdowns. Browns TE Kellen Winslow had no receptions in regulation and finished with one catch for 26 yards.
Holly No. 3: CB Daven Holly made his third interception against QB Trent Green in the third quarter.
Nice Grab: S Brodney Pool made a nice over the shoulder grab of a punt by P Dave Zastudil at the one-yard line and did not break the plan for a touchback.
Return of Leigh: CB Leigh Bodden returned to the lineup after missing the last two games with an ankle injury.
Wimbley Sack: LB Kamerion Wimbley sacked QB Trent Green on the Chiefs' first series. That was Wimbley's 7 ½ sack. He was credited with a sack against the Bengals, but it was taken away during the week.
Frye's Day: QB Charlie Frye started 6-of-6 for 80 yards. His first incompletion was when WR Dennis Northcutt couldn't hang on to the ball inside the Chiefs' 10. Northcutt was wide open, but the ball was under thrown. Frye's QB rating for the first quarter was 153.9. Frye did not start the second quarter with a right wrist injury and was replaced by QB Derek Anderson. Anderson's first pass was a 10-yard completion to Edwards. His second was to TE Darnell Dinkins. He was 2-of-4 for 21 yards. Frye was injured on a hit by DT Ron Edwards, but returned after one series. He did not return in the second half and finished 11-of-13 for 122 yards, including one touchdown and no interceptions. He had a QB rating of 131.4.
Thompson Hurt: LB Chaun Thompson was injured on the second half kickoff, but returned.
Droughns, Edwards Start: WR Braylon Edwards started against the Chiefs dispelling any rumors that he would be benched as part of his discipline for last week's sideline altercation with teammates. Edwards' first reception was for a touchdown. Also, RB Reuben Droughns returned to the starting lineup after playing mostly on special teams the previous week. Droughns finished with 70 yards rushing. Edwards had three catches for 36 yards.
Metcalf in Town: Former Browns RB Eric Metcalf was an honorary captain for the game.
Inactives: For the Browns: DB Justin Hamilton, RB Jerome Harrison, OL Rob Smith, OL Isaac Sowells, OL Fred Matua, WR Travis Wilson and DL Orpheus Roye. Ken Dorsey was the third QB. DL Simon Fraser started in place of Roye at LE. For the Chiefs: DB Marcus Maxey, LB Derrick Johnson, OL Tre Stallings, OL Rudy Niswanger, OL Kevin Sampson, WR Jeff Webb and DL James Reed. Brodie Croyle was the third QB. Jimmy Wilkerson started at RT for Reed and Keyaron Fox started at LOLB for Johnson.