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Browns-Panthers Postgame Notes

·         Running back Peyton Hillis totaled a game-high 131 rushing yards on 26 attempts with three touchdowns, while recording six receptions for 63 yards.  The output marked his fourth 100-yard rushing performance this season and fifth of his career. He has scored a touchdown in every game this season except one (at Pittsburgh, 10/17) and has 13 total touchdowns on the season (11 rushing, two receiving). Hillis joins Jim Brown and Leroy Kelly as the only Browns to record 11 or more rushing touchdowns in a single-season and is the first to accomplish the feat since Kelly in 1968. Brown holds the team single-season record with 17 set in 1958 and 1965.

·         Hillis also became the 12th Brown to score three or more rushing touchdowns in a single-game and first since Jerome Harrison recorded three last year at Kansas City on December 20.

·         Kicker Phil Dawson’s 41 yard field goal with 2:42 remaining put the Browns up 24-23. The kick marked Dawson’s 13th career game-winning field goal and first since he connected on a 56-yarder with 48 seconds left to put the Browns ahead 29-27 at Buffalo on November 17, 2008.

·         Appearing in his 100th career regular season game, quarterback Jake Delhomme completed 24 of 35 passes for 245 yards. He improved 55-39 (5.85) in his career as a starter and 1-1 with Cleveland.

·         Rookie defensive back Joe Haden recorded his team-leading fourth interception of the season. He became the first Brown to record an interception in three straight games in his first season in the NFL since Bernie Parrish in 1959.

·         Wide receiver Brian Robiskie set a career-high with seven receptions for 50 yards. His reception total is tied for the most by a Brown in a single-game this season. Robiskie surpassed his previous best of four catches, set against San Diego on December 6, 2009.

·         The Browns have allowed just 26 first quarter points all season. Over the last five games, Cleveland has outscored its opponents 44-13 in the opening frame.

·         For the first time since 1993, the Browns have at least one win by three different starting quarterbacks (Colt McCoy-2, Seneca Wallace-1, Jake Delhomme-1). That season, Bernie Kosar, Todd Philcox and Vinny Testaverde combined to accomplish the feat.

·         The Browns earned their first-ever win against Carolina as the Panthers were the only current NFL team that Cleveland had not previously defeated. Carolina leads the all-time series 3-1.

·         The Panthers touchdown on their first drive snapped a streak of 23 consecutive regular season games in which the Browns did not given up a touchdown on their opening possession. It was the longest active streak in the NFL.

·         With two sacks today, defensive back Abram Elam recorded his first career multi-sack game and became the first Brown defensive back to accomplish the feat since Daylon McCutcheon against Jacksonville on December 16, 2001. Elam has five career sacks.

·         Linebacker Matt Roth registered one sack and has 3.5 on the season and 20 in his career.

·         Punter Reggie Hodges booted three punts for 109 yards (36.3), including two inside the 20 yard line and one inside the 10. Hodges increased his league-leading total to 12 punts inside the 10 this season.

·         Making his Browns debut, linebacker Eric Alexander recorded two special teams tackles.

·         Defensive back Sheldon Brown has appeared in all 139 regular season games in his career, which began with Philadelphia in 2002. His streak is the second-longest among all active defensive backs. Brown recorded a season-high 10 tackles to lead the Browns.

·         Offensive lineman Joe Thomas has started all 59 career games at left tackle and has not missed an offensive snap since joining the Browns as the third overall pick in the 2007 draft.

·         The Browns have recorded 20 or more points in five consecutive games for the first time since 2007, when the team scored at least 20 in eight straight games.

·         The Brown recorded just five penalties today and have registered just 25 in their last six contests.

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One Response to “Browns-Panthers Postgame Notes”

  1. Denolakes says:

    And, again . . . they could not finish an opponent off when they had them down. This is mostly a coaching issue, as I see it, on both sides of the ball. Some of the defensive schemes surprised me, as well as the offensive calls in the second half. Second and long, third and long is not going to get it done. Hillis is a weapon, and therefore a great diversion, as well. They were lucky this time — and I know, more often than not luck is what wins games. But, luck should not have been needed.

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