CLEVELAND - It looked as though it would come down to a coin toss.
Whoever got the ball first in overtime would surely win.
But they didn't.
When the Browns had to make a stop, the team's defense was able to come through. The offense did its' part as well and Phil Dawson kicked a 25-yard field goal with 10:03 left in overtime to give the Browns a 33-30 win over the Seahawks. The Browns improve to 5-3 and have won three in a row for the first time since the 2001 season. The Seahawks fell to 4-4.
After Seattle tied the game in regulation as time expired, they won the coin toss and seemingly were marching to the win on their first possession.
However, something happened on the way to their win. Sean Jones and Andra Davis made a huge stop on Maurice Morris on fourth-and-one at the Browns' 44 after replay took a first down away from the Seahawks and they elected to go for it on fourth down. The Browns had very little success all day on defense making big plays.
The key play was when the Seahawks won the toss, took the ball near mid-field, and were faced with third-and-eight. Hasselbeck was hemmed in, but able to escape and it appeared he got a first down by inches to move the ball into Browns' territory. However, replay reversed the call and made it fourth-and-inches at the Browns' 44.
The Seahawks decided to go for it and gave it to Morris and he was stopped short. The home crowd exploded as the Browns took over on downs. The play was reviewed and upheld.
The Browns took over on their own 44. After a one-yard gain, Anderson threw a 34-yard screen pass to Jamal Lewis that took the ball to the Seahawks' 21. After a short run, Anderson bootlegged around right end for a 10-yard gain and a first down. Jason Wright then run up the middle for three yards to the seven. Then Dawson came in for the game winner. The Browns moved the ball 49 yards on six plays on the winning drive.
"Our guys played the whole game and never gave up," Romeo Crennel said. "They kept fighting and stayed together.
"I think it's important for our guys to understand that if they keep fighting they are going to be able to stay in the game and have a chance to win games, like they did today."
Lewis scored four touchdowns in the game for a career best. He had 20 carries for 37 yards and three receptions for 51 yards, but his biggest play was the 34-yard reception he had in overtime which took the ball to the Seahawks' 21 and set up the game-winning field goal.
Kellen Winslow had the best game of his career with 11 receptions for 125 yards, while Anderson had career bests in all categories as he was 29-of-48 for 364 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.
The Seahawks took the opening kickoff and marched into Browns' territory and were moving until Sean Jones stepped in front of Bobby Engram and intercepted Hasselbeck on the Seahawks' first possession. Hasselbeck was 30-of-47 for 318 yards with two touchdowns and an interceptions. Engram had 14 receptions for 139 yards on the day.
However, the Browns were unable to do anything and after a three-and-out punted back to Seattle. The Seahawks picked up with their aerial assault and immediately marched 80 yards in just seven plays for a touchdown to take a 7-0 lead with 5:13 to play in the first quarter.
Hasselbeck hit Engram for a five-yard touchdown on a swing pass as Engram got behind rookie cornerback Eric Wright.
The Browns stopped the Seahawks on fourth-and-one at the Browns' 43 as the Seahawks went for a first down. Hasselbeck fumbled the snap and then recovered it but the Browns took over on downs.
The Browns offense got it going after the Seahawks turned the ball over on downs and marched 57 yards on nine plays to make it 7-6 with to play in the first half. Jamal Lewis ran it in from the three-yard line. Anderson hit Braylon Edwards for two passes for 31 yards on the drive, including a 17-yarder to set up the score. Lewis carried both plays after Edwards' grab, including the touchdown. Dawson was wide left on his conversion attempt to keep the score 7-6. Edwards finished with five receptions for 67 yards.
The Seahawks continued their attack as they answered the Browns touchdown with their own as Hasselbeck hit D.J. Hackett with a six-yard slant beating Daven Holly for the score with 6:23 to play in the first half to make it 14-6. Leigh Bodden grabbed D.J. Hackett at the two and was flagged for pass interference to set up the score. Hasselbeck, who threw the ball throughout the drive was 14-of-19 for 167 yards with 6:23 left in the first half, including two touchdowns and one interception. The Seahawks went 78 yards on 12 plays in 6:26.
The Seahawks extended their lead to 21-6 on a 94-yard punt return by Nate Burleson for the score.After the Browns failed to move the ball, Dave Zastudil punted and Burleson caught the ball at the six with several Browns surrounding him, but he was able to elude all tacklers and went the distance. Replays showed that six defenders had a shot at him inside the 10.
The Browns were able to force the Seahawks to punt with under two minutes to play in the first half. They started at their own 44 with 1:45 to play after a short 31 yard punt by the Seahawks. Anderson hit Winslow and then an illegal contact penalty moved the ball to the Seahawks' 40. A pass to Joe Jurevicius and Winslow moved the ball to the 23. A 21-yard strike to Jurevicius put the ball at the two with 32 seconds to play, but after three incomplete passes, the Browns had to settle for a 19-yard field goal by Dawson to make it 21-9 at the half. Jurevicius had four catches for 69 yards.
Anderson's first pass was incomplete as he was hit releasing the ball on a corner blitz. On second down, the pass was in and out of Winslow's hands as he was hit. The third down pass was incomplete to Edwards. The Browns moved the ball 54 yards in nine plays, but couldn't get into the end zone.
The Browns took the second half kickoff and moved the ball 69 yards on 11 plays for a touchdown to make it 21-16 with 8:57 left in the third quarter. Jamal Lewis scored his second rushing touchdown of the game on a one-yard run. The score was set up by a pass interference penalty by former Browns safety Brian Russell on Winslow in the end zone on third down to give the Browns a first down on the one. Lewis ran it in over the left side of Eric Steinbach and Joe Thomas.
The Seahawks, once again answered the Browns score by driving to the Browns' 21 before stalling and settling for a 39-yard field goal by Josh Brown to make it 24-16 with 5:06 to play in the third quarter.
The Browns drove 54 yards in 10 plays to cut the deficit to 24-22 with 12:48 to play as Lewis scored his third touchdown of the game on a two-yard run. The Browns went for it on fourth-and-one from the Seahawks' 15 when Anderson hit Winslow on a 13-yard slant to get the first down. Lewis scored on the next play. The Browns went for the two-point conversion, but the pass intended for Edwards was incomplete.
Again, Seattle answered the Browns touchdown with a score to make it 27-22 with 7:55 to play on a 26-yard field goal by Brown. The Seahawks couldn't convert a third-and- three from the Browns' eight as rookie Eric Wright was able to break up a pass intended for Engram near the goal line.
Trailing 27-22, the Browns had to start at their own 11 after a block in the back on the ensuing kickoff. They started with 7:46 to play and marched 89 yards on 14 plays to take the lead for the first time in the game at 30-28.
Lewis picked up his career best fourth touchdown of the game from the one with 2:15 to play and then Anderson hit Jurevicius for the two-point conversion.
The Browns moved the ball mostly through the air. They started by picking up a first down, but a holding call on Lennie Friedman set the Browns back to the 12.
Anderson hit Jurevicius for 21 yards and then a short pass to Lewis picked up seven yards put the ball at the 40. On third-and-three, Anderson hit Winslow for a six-yard gain for the first down.
Anderson hit Jason Wright for a 13-yard gain that took the ball to the Seahawks' 37 and then a 22-yarder to Winslow gave the Browns a first down on the 15.
On first down, Anderson tried to hit Edwards and it went off his hands in the end zone. The following play was just off Winslow's hands in the end zone. On third-and-10, Anderson hit Winslow for 14 yards to the one with 2:21 to play.
Crennel challenged that Winslow was able to put the ball in the end zone, but the play was upheld and the Browns had a first down on the one. Lewis punched it in with 2:17 to make it 28-27, and the conversion made it 30-27.
The Seahawks tied the game as time expired as Brown kicked a 22-yard field to tie the game at 30-30. The Seahawks went 67 yards to gain the tie.
The Browns had a penalty on Joshua Cribbs on the kickoff for a personal foul and the Seahawks moved the ball starting from their own 30.The Seahawks moved all the way to the Browns' 15 with 24 seconds to play. On first down, Hasselbeck threw an incomplete pass to Nate Burleson and then an 11-yard run by Maurice Morris took the ball to the four. With no timeouts, the Seahawks scrambled to stop the clock with a spike with two seconds to go.