The end should have come Sunday for Brian Hoyer, as he was handed a solid effort by his defense, only to again be on the short end of the stick as the Browns lost for the third time in four games, falling to the Colts 25-24.
The end came when Andrew Luck, who had a tough day but kept on fighting, hit favorite WR T.Y. Hilton with a one-yard touchdown with :32 seconds left for the win.
The Browns got two defensive touchdowns, one on fumble recovery by Craig Robertson in the end zone in the first quarter following a sack. A second TD came on D when first round pick Justin Gilbert picked off a Luck pass and took it for a score to make it 21-7 in the third quarter.
After the score that put the Browns up two scores, the defense wasn’t able to stop Luck, as he hit Hilton on a long TD to cut the lead to 21-16, and then Adam Vinatieri’s 33-yard field got the Colts within two, but the Browns went up 24-19 on Billy Cundiff’s 39-yarder with 8:34 left.
Hoyer wasn’t very good, going 14 of 31 for 140 yards and threw two interceptions, one in the end zone by former Browns safety Mike Adams.
“I have to play better,” Hoyer said. “With each game that goes by, there are less and less opportunities to figure out how this season is going to go.”
The Browns offense scored 10 points, the defense 14. Sunday they host the Bengals in their final home game for one last shot to stay in the AFC playoff race.