It’s a message that the very young Browns need to learn, and Sunday they learned the hard way that if they don’t do it, 2012 is going to be as long as 2011.
The Browns were in it all the way, leading 16-10 late Sunday, putting on a great performance against Michael Vick and the Eagles offense.
Their failure to finish came through, as they allowed Vick to lead the Eagles on a 16-play drive that covered 91 yards in 3:09 with a heartbreaking TD to lose to the Eagles 17-16.
Brandon Weeden got a taste of the NFL for the first time, and it didn’t go down so well. Weeden was held to a 5.1 QB rating, throwing 12-for-35 for 118 yards with no touchdowns and four picks in the loss.
New running back Trent Richardson ran for 39 yards on 19 carries, and Mohamed Massaquoi led the team with 41 yards on three catches.
The Browns got the go-ahead score when LB D’Qwell Jackson picked off Vick and went 27 yards for the go-ahead score with 13:59 left to put the Browns up 16-10.
Phil Dawson led the Browns with three field goals.
Vick was 29-for-56 for 317 yards with two touchdowns and four picks. The Eagles led at the half 10-3 after Vick hit Jeremy Maclin for an 18-yard TD with :17 left in the first half.
The Browns were outgained by the Eagles 456 to 210 in yards, and Philly had 25 first downs to 11 for the Browns in the loss.
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