Are you kidding?
Chalk it up to the “finding new ways to lose” column for the Browns on Sunday, as a late miss of a chip shot field goal from Phil Dawson after it hit guard Alex Mack cost the Browns in a 13-12 loss to the St.Louis Rams.
Trying a 22-yard field goal that would have given the Browns a 15-13 lead with 2:10 left, Dawson missed the kick, it going wide left after a bad snap that clipped Mack’s foot. Dawson couldn’t get a clean kick, and with it the Browns chances to get to 4-5 were gone.
The loss drops the Browns to 3-6, and they have now dropped five of their last six games.
The Rams were outgained by the Browns 335 to 285 and Colt McCoy was better, going 20-for-27 for 218 yards with two sacks.
Chris Ogbonnaya had 90 yards on 19 carries in the loss.
The Browns got on the board first, as both teams stalled till Dawson got in position to kick a 44-yard field goal after an 11-play, 54-yard drive that was highlighted by a screen pass from McCoy to Josh Cribbs for 20 yards.
St.Louis came back with a long touchdown drive, as Bradford and the Rams offense got hot, going after the Browns secondary. Brandon Lloyd made an amazing 24-yard one-handed catch, and Jackson caught an 11-yard pass to get the Rams moving.
They scored on the first play of the second quarter, as Bradford hit Lloyd from 7 yards out to give them a 7-3 advantage.
Three drives later the Browns again went to the bag of tricks, as on a double reverse back to McCoy, he found Seneca Wallace for a 21-yard gain to get Cleveland to the Rams 18.
The drive though stalled, and four plays later from the 14 it was again Dawson true, as he hit a 32-yard field goal to make it a 7-6 game.
The Rams extended the lead to 10-6 with 1:07 left in the half, as they got down close enough for Josh Brown to nail a 29-yard field goal.
The Browns did a nice job countering, as finally McCoy went deep, hitting Greg Little with a 52 yard pass to put the ball at the
Dawson kicked a short field goal at the buzzer, making it a 10-9 game at the half.
At halftime, the Browns had outgained St.Louis 191-169, and McCoy was 13-for-19 for 152 yards. Bradford was 8-for-15 for 96 yards with the games only touchdown.
Jackson led all ball carriers with 71 yards on 13 carries with a long of 22 yards.
The third quarter was another back and forth and finally the Browns went on a drive late in the quarter to re-take the lead at 12-10.
McCoy led an 8-play drive that was also showcased with a 32-yard run by Chris Ogbonnaya to the Rams 37. A few plays later McCoy threw a pass to Ben Watson, who made a circus one-handed catch for 22 yards to the Rams 15.
Their red zone offense though again was awful. Ogbonnaya ran twice, and then on third and 6 from the 11, McCoy threw in the flat for Ogbonnaya, who caught it for a two-yard gain.
Enter Dawson, who kicked a 27-yard field goal to give the Browns the two-point lead.
It was a key fumble by Cribbs that gave the Rams the lead back in the fourth quarter. Cribbs caught a punt but was stripped at the Browns 27, as David Nixon jumped on it for the Rams.
It was the second career fumble for Cribbs, and it couldn’t have come at a worst time for the Browns.
They got one first down, and Phil Taylor recorded a sack on third down to stall the Rams drive, and Brown kicked a 34-yard field goal to make it 13-12 Rams with 7:42 remaining.
The Browns got a gift when Rams kicker Brown kicked the next kickoff out of bounds, and the ball was spotted at the Browns 40.
They got it down to the Rams 9, when Pat Shurmur called a handoff to tight end Alex Smith, who of course fumbled on the exchange. The Browns got lucky when Cribbs was able to recover the loose ball.
Playing for three though haunted the Browns, as a bad snap on the 22-yard field goal caused Dawson to shank the kick, and it was wide left.
The Rams were able to run the clock out, with Bradford kneeling to get them their 2nd win of the season.
The Browns are at home for the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday at 1pm.
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