Putting a severe week of distractions and chaos behind them, the Browns pulled out one of their most needed wins over the past few years on Sunday, topping the overhyped Jacksonville Jaguars 23-17 in Jacksonville.
The team didn’t need to hear anything else about tight end Kellen Winslow and all the issues that went along with him this past week. Instead they came out and played maybe their best game of the year considering all that was stacked against them.
Derek Anderson, finally showing signs of coming out of his slump, went 14-for-27 for 246 yards with one TD and a QB rating of 95.6. Donte’ Stallworth caught his first TD as a member of the Browns, and Jamal Lewis bowled over anyone in his way, going for 81 yards on 20 carries with a score.
The game didn’t come easy, as the Jags had a golden shot to win in on the second-to-last play from the Browns 26 as David Garrard launched a pass into the left side of the end zone for Matt Jones, who tipped it in the air twice before Nick Sorsensen knocked it away. With one second left, Garrard overthrew everyone in the end zone and the Browns survived.
The Browns built a 17-7 lead at the half, but the Jags came back as Garrard hit Jones for an 8-yard score to make it 17-14 with 10:27 left in the third quarter. A Josh Scobee 53-yard field goal tied the game at 17 with 8:48 to go.
Coming right back with a big series, the Browns marched down the field and in the end settled for a Phil Dawson chip shot to make it 20-17 with 4:35 left. A fumble on the kickoff that the Browns jumped on resulted in another Dawson field goal to make it 23-17 with 4:06 to go.
At 3-4, the Browns can get back to .500 on Sunday when they play host to the Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns Stadium at 1pm.
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