The Cleveland Browns dominated the first half of the game today in Dallas. The Cowboys were held under 70 yards of total offense and manhandled at the line of scrimmage. Cleveland’s defensive line, recharged with a healthy Rubin and Taylor for the first time all season recorded several sacks and bottled up Felix Jones and the running game.
Meanwhile, the Browns ran the ball effectively and Weeden found Ben Watson for a touchdown. The Browns went into the locker room up 13-0.
That’s when the wheels came off.
Dallas quarterback Tony Romo picked on Cleveland’s Buster Skrine, who kept drawing illegal contact flags. The Browns defense committed 10 penalties (or at least they were called for) that resulted in Dallas first downs. Dallas abandoned the running game and concentrated on passing. They took a 17-13 lead on the Browns with just under 7 minutes left.
Cleveland seemingly lost the game when Brandon Weeden was sacked and lost the football. Fortunately for the Browns, Romo returned the favor when Frostee Rucker stripped him of the football.
Weeden and the Browns moved the ball down the field, but were stopped on a fourth down play at the 1 yard line. Dallas handed the ball to Felix Jones three straight times and were forced to punt. Cribbs’ return and subsequent penalty on the Cowboys gave Weeden the ball at the Dallas 17, where he needed just one play to find TE Ben Watson in the end zone. The Browns took a 20-17 lead.
But of course, the Cowboys marched down the field (aided by two Browns penalties.) After taking their shots at the end zone, the Cowboys kicked the game tying field goal and sent the game to overtime.
In overtime, the Browns offense was completely ineffective and Dallas took advantage of good field position to kick a game winning field goal. Ball game. Browns are 2-8 heading into next week’s game against the Steelers.
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