Halftime: More Misery for Browns Fans

The Browns look inept once more in the first half, with the Packers charging to a 21-3 lead. Fred Greetham has the unpleasant task of summarizing the game so far....

CLEVELAND—The Browns jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but after that it was all Packers in the first half as Aaron Rodgers threw for 174 yards in the first half and two touchdowns to build a 21-3 at the half.

The Browns had a three-and-out to start the game and then punted to the Packers. Starting on their own 14, the Packers moved down the field to the Browns' 31 before turning the ball over on downs. Aaron Rodgers hit Jermichael Finley for 16 yards to the Browns' 45 after Ryan Grant picked up 27 yards on the ground.

The Packers elected to go for it on fourth-and-one at the Browns' 31 and Rodgers tried to sneak it and he was stopped shy of the first down by Robaire Smith and David Bowens.

The Browns took a 3-0 lead on a Billy Cundiff field goal after the stop as the Browns moved down the field with a 9-yard pass to Michael Gaines and a 22-yard pass to Mohamed Massaquoi from Derek Anderson. A fifteen-yard face mask penalty on Al Harris was tacked on to the end of Massaquoi's catch to the Packers' 21.

Anderson hit Lawrence Vickers to the six on a 10-yard pass on third down. Jamal Lewis ran to the two on first down and then Anderson fumbled the snap, but recovered at the four. Anderson's attempt to hit Mike Furrey in the end zone on third down was incomplete to end the first quarter as it was low and into coverage.

Cundiff kicked the 22-yard field goal with 14:58 to play in the second quarter to make it 3-0. The ball caromed off the left goal post. The drive took 6:21 off the clock in 11 plays and covering 65 yards.

It didn't take long for the Packers to answer as Rodgers came out passing and after moving the ball into Browns' territory he hit Spencer Havner on a short crossing pass and Havner rambled 45 yards for the score with 12:11 left in the first half. The Packers went 71 yards in just 2:47. Abe Elam and Brandon McDonald had chances to bring him down, but were unable to.

The Packers forced the Browns into a three-and-out, but had 12 men on the field on the punt to give the Browns a first down on the 37. However, the Browns did nothing with it and punted back to the Packers.

The Packers made it 14-3 with 7:01 to play in the first half as they went 86 yards in just three plays as Donald Driver broke loose on a quick slant from Rodgers and he raced 71 yards for the score. Eric Wright had his hands on him at the 22 but tried to strip the ball and missed the tackle, allowing Driver to go the distance.

The Packers extended their lead to 21-3 with 1:56 left in the half as Grant went in from the one. The score was set up by an Anderson interception by Charles Woodson and he returned it 25 yards to the Browns' 15. After runs by Rodgers and Grant, the Packers had a first down at the three. After stops on the first two downs, McDonald was called for pass interference in the end zone as he was hanging on Driver.

Josh Cribbs returned the kickoff to the 43 after the score, but the Browns couldn't get any closer than the Packers' 44 to end the half.


No Offense: RB Jamal Lewis had six carries for six yards, while RB Jerome Harrison had six yards on two carries. Harrison was the leading receiver with 17 yards on three receptions.

DA's Half: QB Derek Anderson was 9-of-18 for 73 yards with one sack and an interception. His longest reception was for 22 yards to WR Mohamed Massaquoi.

Wright Stuff: CB Eric Wright, who was involved in a car accident early Friday morning, started at cornerback.

Robiskie Starts: WR Brian Robiskie started opposite of WR Mohmed Massaquoi at wide receiver. He had no catches, while Massaquoi had one reception for 22 yards.

Kaluka's Starter: Rookie Kaluka Maiava started in place of LB D'Qwell Jackson, who was placed on injured reserve earlier in the wee. Maiava had four tackles to lead the Browns.

Get to Know Me: TE Greg Estandia was announced as the starter at tight end in place of TE Robert Royal and TE Steve Heiden, both of whom were inactive. However, OL Hank Fraley started. Estandia was signed a few weeks ago when TE Martin Rucker was waived. Michael Gaines, signed this week, was the only other active tight end for the Browns against the Packers. OL Hank Fraley lined up at tight end to start the game. Estandia caught one pass for five yards.

However, it was Gaines who caught the first pass at tight end for 9 yards.

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