A 56-yard field goal by Phil Dawson proved to be the game winner as Rian Lindell's 47-yard field goal attempt in the final minute was wide right to give the Browns a 29-27 win over the Buffalo Bills. The win keeps the Browns faint playoff hopes alive as they improve to 4-6. The Bills drop to 5-5.
For a moment if looked as though the Browns would set a record for futility as they were on the verge of setting a new record for blowing 13 point or more leads in three consecutive games. Trent Edwards scored from one yard out with 2:25 to play to give the Bills a 27-26 lead, but Dawson came through with his fifth field goal of the game.
The win gave Brady Quinn his first NFL win and he led the team on the game-winning drive. His final completion was to Kellen Winslow for 10 yards to the Bills' 39 and from there Dawson booted the ball through.
The Browns could only convert four Bills' turnovers into nine points, but it turned out to be enough.
Dawson put the Browns on the board first with a 40-yard field goal with 9:29 to play in the first quarter after Andra Davis intercepted a pass and the Browns started at the Bills' 49.
On first down, Quinn bootlegged for 11 yards and then Quinn hit Charles Ali for 12 yards to the 25. After a two-yard run by Jamal Lewis, Quinn threw a pass that Braylon Edwards had his hands on at the five, but couldn't hang on thus forcing the field goal.
The Browns added another field goal by Dawson to make it 6-0 with 2:28 to play in the first quarter after Brandon McDonald intercepted Edwards at the Bills' 12. On first down, the Browns tried a reverse to Donte Stallworth which resulted in a four-yard loss. After two incomplete passes, the Browns settled for the field goal.
The Browns increased their lead to 13-0 with 9:52 to play in the first half as they drove 96 yards for a touchdown as Josh Cribbs took an inside handoff for a two- yard score. Ironically, the Browns started in their worst field position at their own four after starting three times previously after interceptions.
The Browns were aided by an illegal contact call on their first third down attempt as Kellen Winslow was grabbed. After the penalty that kept the drive alive, Quinn hit Edwards three times for 20-, 18-, and 10-yards. He also hit Winslow for 14 yards. A 16-yard run by Lewis took the ball to the three and Cribbs took it in on the next play. The Browns had the ball for 12 plays and 5:57.
After the Browns score, The Bills scored 10 unanswered points to make it 13-10 at the half. The Bills had just 54 yards and three turnovers on their first three possessions and then gained over 100 yards on their next two possessions.
With a 13-0 lead, the Bills mounted their first drive of the night and made it 13-7 with 6:20 to play as Marshawn Lynch took a short pass from Edwards and seven Browns defenders missed tackles on his way to a 18-yard score.
After a three-and-out for the Browns, the Bills picked up where they left off and proceeded to move right down the field once again and made it 13-10 as time expired when Rian Lindell booted a 26-yard field goal.
The Browns received the second half kickoff but started with a three-and-out. The Bills received the punt and moved to the Browns' 33, but Fred Jackson was then stripped of the ball by McDonald and Ahytba Rubin recovered for the Browns to stop the drive at the 37.
After the turnover, the Browns moved to the 26 before Dawson kicked his third field goal to make it 16-10 with 6:26 to play in the third quarter. A roll out run by Quinn resulted in a first down and then Quinn converted a third down to the 27 on a 22-yard pass play to Edwards. After Quinn was sacked, the Browns were facing a third-and-17 and Quinn hit Syndric Steptoe for eight yards to set up the field goal.
The Bills cut the lead to 16-13 with 22 seconds to play in the third quarter as Lindell hit from 31 yards. The Bills shredded the Browns with their running game and short passes to Lynch as they moved to the Browns' 13 before stalling.
After the field goal, the Browns wasted little time as Jerome Harrison broke loose and went 72 yards for a touchdown on his second carry to make it 23-13 with 14:47 to play in the game. The Browns had been limited to just 69 yards through three quarters until Harrison's burst. Charles Ali made a key block on the score.
The Browns could not stand prosperity once again as Leodis McKelvin returned the kickoff 98 yards to make it 23-20 with 14:33 to play.
The Browns added Dawson's fourth field goal to make it 26-20 with 11:32 to play as Dawson hit from 22 yards. The Browns started in good field position as Buffalo's kickoff went out of bounds. The Browns moved quickly as Harrison had a run for nine yards and then was hit out of bounds and the penalty took the ball to the Bills' 30. On third down, Quinn hit Harrison for 21 yards to the nine. Lewis picked up four to the five on first down, but after two incomplete passes, Dawson kicked the field goal.
The Browns forced the Bills to punt and took over with 7:40 to play at their own 17. On the second play, Quinn was blitzed and his arm was hit by Kavika Mitchell and it was ruled that Ko Simpson had intercepted the ball at the Browns' 30. However, Romeo Crennel challenged that the ball hit the ground and the interception was overturned allowing the Browns to retain possession.
Quinn took advantage of the second chance and hit Winslow for 10 yards and a first down. However, instead of running the ball after the first down, the Browns stopped the clock twice on two incomplete passes and had to punt the ball back to the Bills with 5:13 to play.
Roscoe Parrish took the punt back 34 yards to the Browns' 48. The Bills quickly moved to the 29 and then Lynch broke off a 28-yard run to the Browns' one with 2:35 to play. Edwards went in on the next play and the Bills led for the first time at 27-26 with 2:25 to play.
After the Bills took the lead, Cribbs took the kickoff back to the 33 with 2:18 to play. Quinn hit Edwards for 12 yards to the 45 on first down. Quinn hit Winslow for 16 yards to the Bills' 39 at the two-minute warning.
Dawson hit a 56-yard field goal to give the Browns a 29-27 lead with 1:39 to play. The Browns threw three straight incomplete passes after having the ball at the 39.
A 47-yard field goal attempt by Lindell was wide right to give the Browns the win. The Bills started at their 44 after a short kick with 1:33 to play. Edwards hit Robert Royal for 22 yards to the Browns' 34 on first down. The Bills ran three plays and moved the ball to the 29 before the field goal attempt. The Browns called a timeout after each play to try and preserve time, but didn't need it.
Romeo's Challenge: Romeo Crennel did not challenge a call all season until the fourth quarter on the interception by the Bills. He won the challenge and the Browns retained possession.
The Ghost: RB Jerome Harrison scored his first NFL touchdown rushing when he broke loose for 72 yards to start the fourth quarter. It was the longest rushing touchdown since Rueben Droughns run three years ago. Harrison had scored a touchdown this season on a pass reception. Prior to Harrison's run, the Browns had just 69 yards rushing. Harrison finished with 80 yards on just three carries and had one reception for 21 yards. Jamal Lewis had 59 yards on 16 carries.
Tough Holding Lead: The Browns defense has problems playing with a lead as evidenced the previous two weeks when the team blew 14- and 13-point leads. With a 13 point lead against the Bills, the defense let the Bills move right down the field for their first score in just 3:32 after bottling up the Bills through the first quarter and a half to make it 13-10.
Tough Sledding: The Browns had trouble moving the ball on the ground until Harrison's burst. Lewis had 41 yards in the first half. Lewis finished with 65 yards on 18 plays.
Big Mistake: A big first down was wiped out on a pass interference penalty on WR Syndric Steptoe after TE Kellen Winslow caught a pass and picked up a long gain.
Special Cribbs: WR/KR Josh Cribbs scored a touchdown on a two-yard run. His uncle, Joe Cribbs played for the Bills for most of his career and briefly for the Browns.
Slow Start for Brady: QB Brady Quinn was five-of-13 for 78 yards in the first half for a QB rating of 57.9. He finished 14–of-36 for 185 yards and a 55.9 rating.
Smith, Jones, Wright Hurt: DL Shaun Smith went down in the first half with a calf injury, but returned in the second half only to be injured again. DB Sean Jones left with a knee injury. RB Jason Wright was injured on a kickoff return at the end of the third quarter.
Third Down Blues: The Browns started 0-4 on third down conversions. On the fifth try after an incomplete pass, the Browns picked up a first down as illegal contact was called on the Bills resulting in a first down.
Braylon Drops, then Rebounds: WR Braylon Edwards dropped another pass at the Bills' five in the first quarter. The Browns would've had a first down at the five if Edwards had held on. The Browns ended up kicking a field goal. Edwards had four receptions for 52 yards in the first half and finished with 8 catches for 104 yards. TE Kellen Winslow had three receptions for 40 yards.
Turnover Battle: Usually, the team that wins the turnover ratio wins. The Browns had three interceptions in the first quarter, including one at the Bills' 12 and only produced six points. The Browns were plus three in the first half. A fumble recovery by Ahtyba Rubin in the third quarter gave the Browns a plus ratio of four, yet the Browns scored just nine points off of the turnovers. The Browns also had just two penalties for 15 yards.
Big Play Wasted: The first play from scrimmage by the Bills was a pass attempt by QB Trent Edwards and DL Shaun Rogers deflected the pass and LB Kamerion Wimbley made his first career interception at the Browns' 44. However, the Browns wasted the opportunity as they ran three plays and punted.
Second Big Play for FG: On the very next series, LB Andra Davis made a nice interception of Edwards and the Browns started at the Bills'49. The Browns turned it into a 40-yard field goal.
Big Shaun: DL Shaun Rogers broke through the line and dropped RB Marshawn Lynch for a loss in the first quarter. Rogers finished with six tackles.
Jackson Leads: LB D'Qwell Jackson led the Browns with 11 tackles, followed by LB Andra Davis with nine.
Travis Daniel Debut: DB Travis Daniel started in place of DB Brandon McDonald. However, McDonald was active in the early going and had several tackles. He then intercepted Edwards and returned the pass to the Bills' 12. Daniels' name was not called during the game.