Thrashed: Packers 31, Browns 3

The Browns offered their fans little in the way of hope as they stumbled to another big loss at home. Fred Greetham witnessed the travesty from the Browns press box and offers the recap...

CLEVELAND—The Browns jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but after that it was all Packers as they scored the final 31 points in a 31-3 thrashing of the Browns. It was the Browns' ninth loss at home in a row and dropped them to 1-6, overall.

Aaron Rodgers and the Packer offense put up 460 yards, overall, to the Browns 139. Rodgers threw for three touchdowns and 246 yards, while Ryan Grant went over 100 yards for the first time this season as he amassed 148 yards, including a touchdown.

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 had a chance to bring him down, but was 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.

The Packers received the ball to start the second half and quickly moved into Browns' territory aided by a personal foul on Kaluka Maiava and a tripping penalty on Shaun Rogers.

A nine-yard run by Grant on third down moved the ball to the 27, but an offensive pass interference penalty forced the Packers to try a 55-yard field goal by Mason Crosby that was short with 10:23 left in the third quarter.  

After the missed field goal the Browns started at their 44 and shortly thereafter, Cribbs fumbled on a pass and a hit from Woodson. Brandon Chillar recovered for the Packers at the 49.

Crosby connected on an 18-yard field goal with 3:34 to play to make it 24-3 after the fumble. Grant had consecutive runs of 15-, 5- and 6-yards to the 27. A pass from Rodgers to the eight to Donald Lee set up the field goal.

Trailing 24-3, the Browns showed signs of life on offense as Harrison caught a swing pass from Anderson for a 6-yard gain and then was hit out of bounds by Atari Bigby, which moved the ball to the Packers' 38. Anderson hit Michael Gaines on a diving catch to the one. Lewis lost two yards on first down and Anderson threw incomplete on the final play of the third quarter.

On third-and-goal, Lewis ran to the one. On fourth down, Anderson threw too high to Massaquoi to give the ball to the Packers at the one.

The field position didn't bother the Packers as they went 99 yards in 8 plays in a span of 4:32 to make it 31-3 with 9:42 to play to close out the scoring. Grant had a 37-yard run to set up James Jones' five yard touchdown catch from Rodgers.

Notebook

Drought at Home: The Browns haven't won a home game since the Monday Night win over the Giants last season on Oct. 13. After defeating the Giants, the Browns lost their final six at home and then their first three this season. The streak is nine in a row.

No Offense: The Browns had just 139 yards in total offense. RB Jamal Lewis had six carries for six yards, while RB Jerome Harrison had six yards on two carries in the first half. Lewis finished with 47 yards on 15 carries. Harrison was the leading receiver with 23 yards on four receptions.

DA's Day: QB Derek Anderson was 9-of-18 for 73 yards with one sack and an interception in the first half and finished 12–of-29 for 99 yards, including an interception and two sacks. His longest reception was for 22 yards to WR Mohamed Massaquoi.

Grant's Day: RB Ryan Grant had not rushed for 100 yards this season prior to playing the Browns. Grant had 148 yards on 27 carries, including a touchdown.

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 week. Maiava had five tackles, four in the first half.

Robaire's Day: DL Robaire Smith had nine tackles to lead the Browns, followed by LB Eric Barton, who had five, along with DB Brandon McDonald and Maiava.

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 two passes for 10 yards.

However, it was Gaines who caught the first pass at tight end for 9 yards. He finished with two catches for 30 yards. He was the leading receiver in yardage.


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