That sure is the way to start the 2010 preseason.
The Browns jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first moments of the game and then saw their lead evaporate. However, when all was said and done, the Browns rallied from a 24-21 deficit in the final two minutes as Phil Dawson kicked a 58-yard field goal to tie and a 46-yard field goal as time expired to give the Browns a 27-24 win at Green Bay's Lambeau Field.
The Browns struck first as they took the opening kickoff and marched 80 yards in 11 plays spanning 5:56. Jake Delhomme was 6-of-7 for 66 yards. He opened the drive with a 17-yard pass to Evan Moore and then hit Mohamed Massaquoi for 18 yards on the next play. Massaquoi caught a seven-yard slant that was behind him for 12 yards on fourth-and-one from the Packers' 26.
Delhomme hit Brian Robiskie for six yards for a first down to the four. Jerome Harrison went in for the score untouched on the following play.
On the Packers' first play, Ahtyba Rubin stripped Ryan Grant of the ball and Sheldon Brown picked it up and returned it to the Packers' 13.
Seneca Wallace came in on the second drive of the game and threw incomplete on a slant to Robiskie. After another pass incompletion, Wallace scrambled and hit Robiskie in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown and a 14-0 lead with to play in the first quarter.
After digging a 14-0 hole, the Packers came back on their second possession and moved down field as Aaron Rodgers picked up the Browns blitzes and moved Green Bay 84 yards in eight plays taking 4:01 off the clock to make it 14-7 as Rodgers hit Greg Jennings for a 25-yard touchdown as he beat T.J. Ward, who was in single coverage. Rodgers was 6-of-6 for 78 yards on the drive.
After a three-and-out, the Browns punted back to the Packers with Rodgers picking up where he left off. He completed his first nine passes. Rodgers to Jennings beat Brown for 34 yards to the Browns' 15. Rodgers hit Jackson for 11 yards to the three. Fullback John Kuhn went in on second effort to tie the score at 14-14 with 14:29 to play in the second quarter. Rodgers was 10-of-10 for 146 yards and a touchdown.
Wallace hit Benjamin Watson over the middle for a 20-yard touchdown with 11:17 to play in the first half to make it 21-14. Wallace was at the helm for his third consecutive series after Delhomme led the Browns on the 80-yard drive to open the game. The Browns went 63 yards on seven plays in 3:12 for the score. The big play was a 26-yard screen pass to Peyton Hillis, who rambled to the Packer's 25.
Colt McCoy entered with 8:38 to play in the second quarter. He completed his first pass to Evan Moore, but a penalty negated the completion. He completed his first pass to Hillis on a short pass.
McCoy ran for a first down on third-and-9 as he scrambled up the middle. A third down completion to Hillis was short for the first down and the Browns punted.
Reggie Hodges punted and Nick Sorenson recovered the fumbled by Sam Shields at the Packers' 30. It looked as though the Browns would extend their lead as McCoy hit Johnathan Haggerty on first down to the 21. However, McCoy under threw Haggerty in the end zone and Brandon Underwood intercepted in the end zone.
The Packers tied the score at 21-21 with 9:21 to play in the third quarter as Kregg Lumpkin went in from the one. A big play was when Matt Flynn hit James Jones for 22 yards to the Browns' 25. Sorenson was called for pass interference in the end zone on Jordy Nelson giving the Packers a first down on the one. Lumpkin went in on the next play. The Packers went 78 yards in 10 plays taking 5:39 off the clock.
McCoy came out on the first possession of the second half and scrambled again for a first down before punting back to Green Bay. Hodges punted and got a good roll to the Packers' one.
The Browns held the Packers and got the ball back on a punt. However, McCoy was rushed and he hit his hand on the helmet of an offensive lineman and he was intercepted by Derrick Martin at the Browns' 25. McCoy was taken for x-rays and finished the night 5-of-10 for 25 yards and two interceptions.
However, the Packers were unable to capitalize as they were penalized and had a five-yard loss. On third-and-25, Marcus Benard sacked Flynn and took the Packers out of field goal range, forcing Green Bay to punt.
On Brett Ratliff's first series, the Browns went three-and-out.
Green Bay took the lead with 7:07 to play as Mason Crosby hit a 33- yard field goal to make it 24-21. The Packers started near midfield and after Quinn Porter ran for 15 yards to the Browns' 38. On third-and-7, Graham Harrell threw incomplete but a pass interference penalty on Mike Adams gave the Packers a first down at the 23.
On third-and-5 from the 18, Porter ran to the 14 to set up fourth down. Harrell was able to get the first down on a quarterback sneak to the 12. Titus Brown broke through and knocked Porter for a five-yard loss to the 17. After two incomplete passes, Crosby kicked the field. The Packers took 5:13 off the clock as they moved 38 yards in 11 plays.
Trailing 24-21, the Browns took over at their own 14 with just under seven minutes to play, but other than a 12-yard run by James Davis did nothing in the passing game and punted back to the Packers.
The Browns were able to force a three-and-out for the Packers and got the ball back for another opportunity. They took over at their own 34 with 2:30 to play.
Dawson tied the game with 1:27 to play as he hit on a 58-yard field goal. Ratliff threw to Carlton Mitchell for six yards to the 35 and then on third-and-8, Ratliff hit Alex Smith for 23 yards to the Packers' 41. After back-to-back incomplete passes, Ratliff threw incomplete to Syndric Steptoe on third-and-10.
On fourth-and-10 from the 41, the Browns sent Dawson out to attempt a 58-yard field goal attempt and he hit it with 1:27 to play.
Green Bay started at their own 24 with 1:23 to play, but were unable to do anything. On third-and-4 from their 30, Harrell threw incomplete. Steptoe returned the punt to the 46 with 1:00 minute to play.
Ratliff hit Smith for four yards to the 50 and then threw short to Davis for a loss of one. On third-and-five, Ratliff hit Jake Allen on the sideline in field goal range, but Allen didn't get his feet inbounds forcing a fourth down play.
On fourth down, Ratliff hit Smith for 10 yards and the first down to the Packers' 41. With seven seconds to play, Ratliff hit Allen on a slant to the 28 with two seconds to play. Dawson then attempted a 46 yard field goal and the Browns win 27-24 with no time on the clock.
QB Trouble?: The much talked about quarterback play sure started well. Delhomme was 6-of-7 for 66 yards and a 106 QB rating. Seneca Wallace was 4-of-8 for 72 yards and two touchdowns and a 120.8 rating. Rookie Colt McCoy came in midway through the second quarter and was 4–of-7 for 20 yards and one interception. Overall, the three quarterbacks were 14-of-22 for 158 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the first half. McCoy finished 5-of-10 for 25 yards and two interceptions.
QB Brett Ratliff was the fourth quarterback for the Browns and he relieved McCoy with 13:50 to play. Ratliff's first series was a three-and-out. He finished 7-of-15 for 51 yards and led the team to the final two field goals.
Long Range Bomber: K Phil Dawson didn't attempt a field goal until the final 1:27 of the game and then he hit the tying field goal from 58 yards and the winning field goal from 46 yards out with no time on the clock.
WR Production: WR Brian Robiskie had three catches for 32 yards and a touchdown in the first half. Robiskie had just seven receptions all of last season. WR Mohamed Massaquoi had three receptions for 36 yards, including a long of 17 yards. TE Benjamin Watson had one reception for a 20 yard touchdown and TE Evan Moore had two receptions for 24 yards. TE Alex Smith ended up the leading receiver with 37 yards on three catches , including a key fourth down catch for a first down on the final drive.
Marcus Down: LB Marcus Benard had a sack and made a couple of nice plays from scrimmage. He led the team with 6 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
Running Man: RB Jerome Harrison had seven rushes for 25 yards, including a four-yard touchdown in the first quarter. RB James Davis had 24 yards on six carries. QB Colt McCoy tied Harrison for the lead with 25 yards on two carries.
Rookie Dawgs: T.J. Ward made a nice stop short of a first down on Donald Driver on third-and-six as he tackled Driver in the open field. On the first down play on the Packers' next series, Ward came flying up and made another nice stop at the line of scrimmage on a screen pass. CB Joe Haden was step for step with WR Jordy Nelson in the second quarter. He was called for illegal use of hands in the first quarter. In the first half, Ward had five tackles and Haden had three. Ward was beat by WR Greg Jennings on the Packers' first touchdown. Ward hit Flynn on a blitz in the third quarter and Haden broke up a pass near the goal line in the third quarter. Ward had six tackles and Haden had three.
Rubin Shines: DL Ahtyba Rubin made his presence known on the first play of scrimmage as he stripped RB Ryan Grant of the ball and CB Sheldon Brown picked it up for the turnover. The Browns scored their second touchdown three plays later.
Big Mac Pick: DB Brandon McDonald intercepted QB Matt Flynn on the final play of the first half.
Injury Update: DL Titus Adams was injured and it was unclear if he would return. Rookie WR Johnathan Haggerty was carted off with a right ankle injury at the end of the first half. QB Colt McCoy injured his hand after throwing an interception as his hand hit OL Casey Bender.
Rookies Start: With CB Eric Wright (hamstring) held out, Joe Haden started at left cornerback. Also, third-round pick OL Shawn Lauvao started in place of Floyd Womack (undisclosed) at right guard. Second-round pick, S T.J. Ward started as the only rookie who was starting not because of injury. OL John St. Clair started at right tackle and LB Eric Barton started in place of LB D'Qwell Jackson (pectoral).
Other Inactives: LB David Veikune (undisclosed), RB Montario Hardesty (knee), P Dave Zastudil (knee), CB Coye Francies (leg), DL Shaun Rogers (leg), DL C.J. Mosley (leg), OL Tony Pashos (shoulder),LB D'Qwell Jackson (pectoral), OL Floyd Womack (undisclosed) and DB Eric Wright (hamstring).