NFL Game Summary - St. Louis at Cleveland|
(Sunday, November 13th)
Final Score: St. Louis 13, Cleveland 12
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Josh Brown kicked the eventual game-winning
field goal midway through the fourth quarter, sending the St. Louis Rams to a
13-12 win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Sam Bradford completed 15-of-26 passes for 155 yards, one touchdown and one
interception for the Rams (2-7).
Steven Jackson had a big day on the ground, rushing for 128 yards on 27
carries, while Brandon Lloyd hauled in four balls for 48 yards and a
Phil Dawson accounted for all of the Browns' (3-6) offense, kicking four field
goals, and Colt McCoy threw for 218 yards on 20-of-27 passing.
Chris Ogbonnaya rushed for 90 yards on 19 carries in place of the injured
Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty.
The game-winning score came as a result of a great special teams play by the
Rams as Josh Cribbs fielded a punt at his own 23, but fumbled and it was
recovered by Rams linebacker Ben Leber at the 27.
"That was just embarrassing, we have to give credit to them, they made less
mistakes," Cribbs said. "In a low-scoring game like that, the team that makes
the least amount of mistakes wins and they did."
Bradford led a six-play drive down to the Browns 16. Brown was good from 34
yards out to give St. Louis a 13-12 edge with 7:42 remaining.
Cleveland had a chance to take the lead on its next possession. Starting from
their own 40, the Browns marched down to the St.Louis four-yard line and lined
up for a 22-yard field goal with just over two minutes to play. A bobbled snap
caused Dawson to miss wide to the left.
The Rams ran out the remaining time to seal the victory.
"I'm happy for our football team, wins are hard to get in this league," Rams
head coach Steve Spagnuolo said. "Somewhere along the way I think things even
themselves out. I do feel bad for [Browns head coach] Pat [Shurmur] because
he's a close friend, but perseverance and character were certainly out there
with our team tonight, I'm proud of them in that regard."
The Browns opened the scoring with just under five minutes to go in the
opening quarter as McCoy led an 11-play, 54-yard drive down to the St. Louis
26 before Dawson was true on a 44-yard field goal to give his team a 3-0 lead.
St. Louis came right back on its ensuing possession with a 10-play, 69-yard
drive, which was highlighted by a 24-yard catch by Lloyd. Bradford hooked up
with Lloyd again on a seven-yard touchdown strike to make it 7-3.
Cleveland made it a one-point game midway through the second quarter when
Dawson connected on another field goal, this time from 32 yards out.
But the Rams extended their lead with just over a minute to go before halftime
as Jackson ran four times for 36 yards, moving the ball down to the Browns 11-
yard line. From there, Brown was good on a 29-yard field goal to make it 10-6.
On the ensuing possession, the Browns had a chance to put the ball into the
end zone and take a lead heading into halftime.
McCoy went deep over the middle to Greg Little for a 52-yard completion,
bringing the ball all the way to the Rams 10 with 14 seconds to go.
Two plays later, McCoy went for the corner fade to Evan Moore, but the tight
end was called for a face-mask penalty, moving the ball back to the 25. Dawson
made his third field goal of the day -- a 43-yarder -- as time expired in the
first half to bring the Browns within one, 10-9.
Late in the third quarter, McCoy led an eight-play, 68-yard drive. A 32-yard
sprint by Ogbonnaya and a 22-yard catch by Benjamin Watson put the ball at the
nine of the Rams. Dawson made a 27-yard field goal to give his team a 12-10
The Rams lead the overall regular season series, 10-9...It was Jackson's
30th career 100-yard game...Cleveland outgained St. Louis, 335-281...The
Browns converted five of their 14 third down opportunities, while the Rams
went 4-for-12 on third down...James Laurinaitis and Chris Long each had a sack
for St. Louis.
11/13 18:43:13 ET