Bengals Squeak Out OT Win: 23-20

It was a full day of football at Cleveland Browns Stadium today, where the Browns play took an encouraging turn. The end result, unfortunately, was the same. Fred Greetham reports from the Stadium...

CLEVELAND—The Browns played 74:56 and lost a heartbreaker as Shayne Graham hit a 31-yard field goal with four seconds left in overtime to give the Bengals a 23-20 win over the Browns.

Carson Palmer converted a fourth-and-10 play with 56 seconds left as the Bengals decided not to punt and converted when they needed to for the win. The Bengals were on the Browns' 41 and after his run ended up in field goal position at the 26. Palmer converted two third down and long and one fourth and long situations on the winning drive.

The Browns drop to 0-4, while the Bengals improve to 3-1.

Palmer led the Bengals on what looked to be the game winning drive in regulation, but a blocked PAT by Shaun Rogers sent the game into overtime.

The game started with the Bengals driving down field but Rogers was able to block a field goal attempt on the Bengals' first attempt, as well.

After a three-and-out by the Browns, the Bengals took a 7-0 lead on a five-yard pass from Palmer to Chad Ochocinco with 35 seconds to play in the first quarter. The Browns stopped a third down conversion, but the Bengals went for it on fourth-and-3 and converted as Bernard Scott picked up 10 yards to the Browns' 25.

The Bengals took the opening drive and marched to the Browns five yard line before having to settle for a field goal attempt. However, Graham lined up for a 23-yard field goal and Rogers was able to block it with 8:15 to play. The Bengals had the ball for nearly seven minutes but came away with no points.

The Browns had the ball for about a minute and then punted back to the Bengals, who proceeded to drive 62 yards for the score. The Bengals took 6:48 off the clock.

After the Bengals score, Josh Cribbs raced 58 yards to the Bengals' 34. However, after a first down, Jerome Harrison ran around the end and was stood up and Leon Hall stripped the ball and Robert Geathers raced 75 yards for the touchdown and the Bengals lead increased to 14-0 with 14:10 to play in the first half.

The Browns made it 14-7 with 1:26 to play as Derek Anderson hit Steve Heiden from one-yard out after a 29-yard reception by Mohamed Massaquoi.  Originally, Massaquoi's catch was ruled a touchdown, but after review it was spotted inside the one.  Josh Cribbs had a 39-yard punt return to the Bengals' 38 with 3:19 to play in the first half to set up the score. The Browns covered 38 yards in four plays.

Anderson was 26-of-48 for 269 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for a touchdown. Meanwhile, Massaquoi had eight catches for 148 yards.

The Browns took the second half kickoff and moved to the 29 after Anderson hit Massquoi for 19 yards. A 21-yard rush up the middle by Harrison took the ball to the eight. On third down and goal, Anderson tried to hit Heiden and Johnathan Joseph intercepted the ball in the end zone to thwart the drive.

The Browns tied the game at 14-14 with 1:37 to play as Anderson rolled out and ran in from the one on fourth down. The Browns started at their 23 and went 77 yards in 10 plays spanning 5:37.

The drive started with two passes to Massaquoi for 20- and 19-yards to Bengals' territory. A reverse to Cribbs for 15 yards moved the ball to the 27. Two runs by Harrison moved the ball to the six. On third down, Anderson hit Cribbs on a five-yard slant to the one. Anderson rolled out and was able to get to the corner for the score.

The Browns took the lead for the first time at 17-14 on the opening play of the fourth quarter as Billy Cundiff kicked a 26-yard field goal after Blake Costanzo recovered Andre Caldwell's fumble on a kickoff. Anderson hit Heiden for seven yards to the 11 and then two short runs by Harrison set up a fourth-and-one at the nine to start the fourth quarter. Cundiff then hit the field goal.

The field goal was set up when Caldwell was stripped of the ball by Kaluka Maiava and Constanzo recovered at the 18.

After a three-and-out by the defense, Cribbs returned the punt five yards to the Bengals' 45, but Costanzo was flagged for a personal foul and the Browns started at their 40.

The Browns picked up a first down but had to punt from the 41. Zastudil's kick went into the end zone.

The Browns tacked on a second field goal by Cundiff from 31 yards with 6: 34 to play to make it 20-14. The score was set up by a 50-yard punt return by Cribbs to the Bengals' 14. Anderson was sacked on second down by Antwan Odom taking the ball back to the 20 thus forcing the field goal.

After the field goal, the Bengals moved down the field quickly and Palmer hit Ochocinco for the second touchdown to tie the game at 1:55. However, the go ahead PAT was blocked by Rogers and the score remained 20-20. A big third down conversion to Chris Henry kept the drive alive and then Palmer hit J.P. Foschi for 27 yards to the Browns' 4. Two incomplete passes made it third-and-goal and a shovel pass to Brian Leonard moved the ball to the two. With 2:02 to play, the Bengals went for the touchdown and Palmer hit Ochocinco for the score. The Bengals went 70 yards in 10 plays.

The Browns moved to the Bengals' 40 with 23 seconds to play, but couldn't complete the third down pass and punted back to the Bengals.

Palmer took a knee to send the game to overtime.

The Bengals won the coin toss and received the ball first at their own 15 after a personal foul on the kickoff. After a first down and moving to the 42, the Bengals were forced into a third-and-7. Palmer tried to hit Ochocinco, but Brodney Pool made a nice play to break up the pass.

The Browns started on their own 17 but had a three-and-out.

The Bengals started at their 24 after a 55-yard punt by Zastudil.  After an incomplete pass, Cedric Benson broke off a 21-yard run to the 45. A batted down pass by Corey Williams forced the Bengals into a third-and- 8 and Kamerion Wimbley sacked Palmer for a six-yard loss, forcing a punt.

After the punt, Anderson tried to hit Massaquoi on a fly route and it was overthrown. On third down, Anderson hit Mike Furrey for 11 for a first down. Anderson then threw three incomplete passes to force a punt.

The Bengals took over with 7:24 to play in overtime at their own 25 and were three-and-out and punted back to the Browns, who took over on their 31 with 6:20 left.

Anderson hit Heiden for 14 yards to the 49 and then Harrison took the ball into Bengals' territory with a four-yard run. A short pass to Harrison set up third-and-10. Anderson threw incomplete behind Furrey and the Browns punted again.

Palmer hit Chris Henry for 20 yards on third-and-10 in front of Abe Elam to the 40. After two incomplete passes, Palmer hit Laveranues Coles for 20 yards to the Browns' 40 at the two minute warning.

A sack by Williams took the Bengals back to the 43 and set up third-and-13 with 1:13 to play. A short pass to Leonard to the 41 set up fourth-and-10 with 1:04 left.

With the field spread, Palmer ran 15 yards up the middle to the 26 with 56 seconds left. A nine-yard pass to Leonard moved the ball to the 17. After Leonard ran to the 13, the Bengals called timeout and Graham kicked the game winner.


Three and Out Start: The Browns first possession with QB Derek Anderson resulted in a three-and-out. WR Braylon Edwards dropped Anderson's first pass. Anderson was 8-of-16 for 130 yards and a touchdown in the first half and was sacked once. He finished 26-of-48 for 269 yards with a touchdown and a rushing touchdown. He was sacked twice.

Mo's Day: WR Mohamed Massaquoi had three receptions in the first half for 83 yards. He had catches of 30-, 29- and 24-yards. He had 19- and 20-yard catches in the third quarter to put him over 100 yards for the first time in his career. He finished with eight receptions for 148 yards.

Zero for Two: Eric Mangini was 0-of-2 on challenges. He challenged the interception by Anderson in the end zone and the other was on WR Chad Ochocinco's touchdown.

Cribbs Spark: KR Josh Cribbs had a 58 yard return of the kickoff after the Bengals first touchdown to the Bengals' 34. Cribbs had a 39-yard punt return to the Bengals' 38 near the end of the first half. The Browns fumbled after the kickoff and scored a touchdown after the punt return. Cribbs also ran a reverse for 15 yards. He later had a punt return of 50 yards to set up a field goal.

Furrey on D: WR Mike Furrey played safety in the second quarter. He broke up a pass in the fourth quarter.

A First: OL Eric Steinbach was called for pass interference in the third quarter on a pass to RB Jerome Harrison.

Jerome's Chance: With RB James Davis being placed on injured reserve and RB Jamal Lewis was out with a hamstring injury.  Harrison picked up a first down, but was stripped of the ball by Leon Hall and it resulted in a 75-yard touchdown by DE Robert Geathers.  Harrison had 11 carries for 33 yards and three receptions for 32 yards in the first half. He had 62 yards rushing in the third quarter and finished with 100 yards. It was his first 100-yard rushing game and it was the Browns' first running back to go over 100 yards since RB Jamal Lewis did so in 2007. Harrison carried the ball 29 times for 121 yards and had five catches for 31 yards.

Jennings Debut: RB Chris Jennings was RB Jerome Harrison's backup and he spelled Harrison in the third quarter. He caught a pass for a first down.

Time of Possession: The Bengals had drives of 6:45 and 6:48 in the first quarter.

Brodney's Pick: QB Carson Palmer tried to hit WR Laveranues Coles in double coverage and DB Brodney Pool intercepted the ball on the Browns' 43. The Browns were not able to do anything and were three-and-out. It was the first interception of the season by the Browns.

Big Baby: DL Shaun Rogers blocked a K Shayne Graham field goal attempt in the first quarter. He blocked a PAT in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime. It was his 13th and 14th blocks in his career. The NFL record for blocked field goals and PATs is held by former Oakland Raider Ted Hendricks with 28.

Drop Braylon: QB Derek Anderson's first pass attempt was dropped by WR Braylon Edwards, who had no catches in the first half.

Adams Starts: DB Mike Adams started at RCB in place of DB Brandon McDonald. The start wasn't changed on the pregame flip chart, but it was reported earlier in the week by the OBR. QB Carson Palmer completed a 24-yard pass to WR Andre Caldwell with Adams covering. Adams broke up a pass to WR Laveranues Coles on third down. He dropped RB Cedric Benson for a 4-yard loss in the fourth quarter.

Busy Guy: LB D'Qwell Jackson had 10 tackles in the first half and finished with 14.

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