Dennis Northcutt would help give Cleveland the lead, returning a punt 81 yards setup a Browns field goal, putting them up 6-3.
An unsportsmanlike penalty on the Chargers when the team tried to call successive time outs changed a missed field goal into a converted field goal to close the gap to one point. A Keenan McCardell fumble was also turned into three points as the half came to a close.
The Browns maintained a two-point advantage until the final minute of the third quarter. That is when LaDainian Tomlinson broke free. He took one through the left side of his line and traversed 41 yards for the touchdown and 17-12 San Diego advantage. The play was setup when Mike Scifres pinned Cleveland at the one-yard line and three rushes produced zero yards.
Two different personal foul 15-yard penalties on the Chargers defense led to Cleveland's fifth field goal of the game.
While the Browns were busy getting field goals, Tomlinson was hitting the end zone. He scored his second touchdown of the game from seven yards out in the fourth quarter and accounted for 47 of the 77 yards on the scoring drive.
A pass interference penalty on Antonio Cromartie would give the Browns new life and lead to a sixth field goal for Dawson to make the score 24-15.
The Chargers running game continued to exert its will on the next drive. Tomlinson ripped off a 32-yard run followed by a 21-yard run from Michael Turner on the same exact playcall before Tomlinson capped off the drive with his third touchdown of the day on an eight-yard run. Philip Rivers would hit Vincent Jackson for the two-point conversion to push the score to 32-18.
Braylon Edwards would catch a three-yard touchdown from Frye to make the score 32-25 but the ensuing onsides kick with under two minutes remaining was recovered by Tomlinson – the second time this year he has recovered an onside kick.