Let’s be honest, it looked bad.
But just like week one, as bad as the Browns were in the first half, they were just that good in the second half, putting up the biggest comeback for a road team in NFL history, as they bested the Titans 29-28 to move to 2-2 on the season.
The historic comeback was capped when Brian Hoyer threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Travis Benjamin with 1:09 left.
The defense stopped the Titans all of the second half, and ended the day with a stop of backup QB Charlie Whitehurst, who threw two TD’s to help the Titans build a huge lead.
As far as the Browns win, only two other clubs have come back from bigger deficits in the regular season. San Francisco rallied from 28 down in beating New Orleans on Dec. 7, 1980, and Buffalo trailed 26-0 before beating Indianapolis 37-35 on Sept. 21, 1997.
“I did tell them after the game they got to stop doing it,” coach Mike Pettine said. “I have an EKG scheduled for tomorrow because my heart can’t take many more of these.”
The win was the overall biggest comeback in Browns history. On Dec. 4, 1966, Cleveland trailed the Giants 34-14 and won 49-40, according to STATS.
It was the first win on the road for the Browns since they beat the Vikings Sept. 22, 2013, at Minnesota.
Tennessee turned the ball over on downs at the Titans 42 with 3:03 left when the Browns stopped Whitehurst on fourth down and less than a yard to go.
Whitehurst said he didn’t hear a whistle stopping his forward progress, and he finished by sticking the ball out.
Hoyer finished off the comeback with his second TD to Benjamin in the quarter for Cleveland’s first lead.
The Titans had one last chance with 1:09 left. But time expired just after Whitehurst found Kendall Wright on a pass past midfield.
Hoyer finished 21 of 37 for 292 yards, and he started the Browns’ comeback with a 1-yard TD pass to Jim Dray just before halftime.
The Browns are at home Sunday to host the 3-2 Steelers, who they lost to 30-27 on opening day.