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Browns Blow 13-0 Halftime Lead; Fall to Cowboys 23-20 in OT

Scream. Pull your hair out. Yell at the TV.

There’s all kinds of ways to cope with a Browns loss these days, and Sunday in Dallas was just another frustrating four and a half hour parade of ups and downs that eventually ended with another tough loss.

The Browns led 13-0 at half, and appeared to have the game won when they got a late TD from Brandon Weeden to Ben Watson from 17 yards out, but couldn’t hold it and eventually lost 23-20 in OT.

Dan Bailey hit the game-winning 38-yard field goal in overtime to push Dallas to 5-5 on the season.

Bailey’s winning kick with 6:07 remaining came after both teams punted once in the first overtime game at Cowboys Stadium. Bailey hit a tying 32-yard field goal with 2 seconds left in regulation, after the Browns committed a bunch of bad penalties down the field to allow the Cowboys to hit the tying kick.

It was all Browns in the first half up 13-0, while Tony Romo was running for cover and the crowd was booing repeatedly. But Dallas scored on its first three possessions of the second half and went ahead 17-13 midway through the fourth quarter on Romo’s toss to Bryant.

Weeden fumbled on a sack by Anthony Spencer, who recovered. But Romo gave it right back when he fumbled as he was hit trying to scramble. It was his first turnover in three games.

Weeden took the Browns to the 1-yard line, but bruising running back Trent Richardson was stuffed on third down and Weeden threw incomplete with 1:42 remaining when a pass for Cameron Jordan was a duck out of bounds.

The Browns weren’t finished, though. They used all three timeouts and forced a Dallas punt. The Cowboys’ John Phillips was penalized for a horse collar tackle on Josh Cribbs, even though replay to showed Phillips grabbing Cribbs’ hair rather than his jersey.

With the ball at the 17, Weeden found Watson in the middle of the end zone on the next play, just as he did for the game’s first score.

After Cleveland went ahead, the Cowboys drove to the Cleveland 9 in the final seconds, keyed by a 35-yard pass interference penalty on Sheldon Brown. The Cowboys tried to throw into the end zone twice, then settled for Bailey’s tying 32-yard field goal.

Romo was sacked five times by a tough Browns D, and went down seven times, but still finished 35 of 50 for 313 yards with the touchdown to Dez Bryant, who had 12 catches for a career-high 145 yards.

Referee Ed Hochuli carried on a running commentary in explaining replays and other rulings, and the most critical came in overtime when the officials ruled an incompletion on a throw that Miles Austin dropped and was not reviewed.

The Cowboys were in position for a winning field goal, and replays appeared to show Austin had possession and took two steps before the ball was knocked out. The Browns recovered the loose ball.

It was another cruel joke to a Browns season that now sits at 2-8. They also have lost the last 12 games away from Browns Stadium, and are 6-20 in two plus seasons with Pat Shurmur.

The Steelers are next – the only good thing – it’s at home.



  1. Denolakes

    November 18, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Once this team had the lead in the 4th quarter, I knew that this was going to be game where they grew up or just ripped their hearts out. Same old, same old. Either can’t start or can’t finish. It’s like watching guys just running around a play at a time, no real purpose other than to run the play and see what happens. Me? I’m bored with it all – again. I mean, it’s nice these guys are getting their exercise and everything, but it’s not exactly the kind of thing you make an effort to watch, now, is it?

  2. Dan B.

    November 19, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Yet another poorly called game. Forth and goal from the one and we are calling for Weeden to throw when he was throwing behind, high or both ALL game long whehave TR in the backfield! Yes he was thwarted on the 3rd and goal, but give it to him and let him stretch out the play off tackle and find a hole, a better chance at the touchdown than with Weeden.
    We also did nothing with the ball in overtime when we had the chance. Did Dallas get ALOT of help with some poor calls by the officials, yes, but we still did nothing whenwe had the chance. I do not want to hear it was a moral victory or they played hard. They did not play hard enough to win. I know I am not out on the field playing myself, that is not my job. My job is to support my team and I do, no matter how hard it gets and believe me, PS truly makes it hard to do so.

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