NFL Game Summary - Miami at Cleveland|
(Sunday, September 25th)
Final Score: Cleveland 17, Miami 16
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Colt McCoy's touchdown throw to Mohamed
Massaquoi with 43 seconds left in the fourth quarter lifted the Cleveland
Browns to a 17-16 victory over the still-winless Miami Dolphins.
A field goal by Dan Carpenter had the Dolphins leading 16-10 with 3:23 left in
the game, but Cleveland took over and started driving. After reaching the
Miami 14 and calling timeout with 48 seconds left, McCoy lofted a pass to the
right side of the end zone, and Massaquoi leaped to make the catch.
The extra point put the Browns ahead, and Mike Adams intercepted Chad Henne on
the ensuing possession to secure the win for Cleveland (2-1), which was coming
off last week's win in Indianapolis.
"We got into the two-minute offense and guys got open and made plays," McCoy
said. "It's a great feeling, a great win."
McCoy completed only 19 of his 39 attempts, but was 9-of-14 during the game-
winning drive. He finished with 210 yards, two touchdowns and an interception
for the Browns, who won despite missing starting running back Peyton Hillis
because of an illness.
Henne was 19-of-29 for 255 yards and a touchdown, but couldn't lead the
Dolphins (0-3) to their first win of the season, likely leaving head coach
Tony Sparano on the hot seat.
Miami outgained Cleveland, 369-280, but struggled to convert the yardage into
points. The Dolphins also had penalty trouble, incurring 10 flags for 93
yards, while fumbling twice and losing one.
"It's frustrating," Henne said. "We were moving the ball, but we hurt
ourselves with penalties and turnovers."
Stalled drives led to four field goal attempts by Carpenter, who converted
three of them.
His 38-yarder late in the fourth quarter came after Miami reached the 20 and
stalled, thanks to a zero-yard rush by Reggie Bush and a Henne incompletion.
McCoy completed his first five passes of the Browns' ensuing drive, and
converted a fourth down with a 10-yard pass to Montario Hardesty, who started
in place of Hillis.
That brought the ball to the Miami 27, and inside of a minute to play, McCoy
converted a third down with an eight-yard pass to tight end Evan Moore. He
followed it with the pass to Massaquoi.
Henne wasn't able to lead the Dolphins into field goal range, despite the fact
that they started the drive at the Cleveland 47 -- the Browns were penalized
for unsportsmanlike conduct after their touchdown and for a horse collar
tackle on the kickoff return. Henne threw three incompletions before being
However, Henne started the game strongly, leading Miami to a touchdown on its
Thanks to Jimmy Wilson's interception of McCoy, the Dolphins started a drive
at the Cleveland 43.
Miami picked up a big chunk of yardage with Henne's 26-yard connection to
Anthony Fasano, bringing the ball to the 13. After Daniel Thomas ran for three
yards, he caught the touchdown pass.
The play unfolded after Henne faked a handoff to Thomas, then faked another
handoff to Brandon Marshall. By that point Thomas was open on the right side
of the field, made the catch and sprinted into the end zone.
The Dolphins had several chances to expand their lead, but couldn't
They were deep in Browns territory later in the first quarter when Bush
fumbled after being hit from the side by Cleveland lineman Jayme Mitchell. The
ball popped out and Mitchell grabbed it.
The Browns ended up punting and Miami marched back onto Cleveland's side of
the field, but Carpenter's 51-yard field goal faded to the left.
That miss led to the Browns' first points. Starting from their own 41, they
initially moved backward and faced a 3rd-and-12 before McCoy gained a first
down with a 13-yard throw to Benjamin Watson.
After Cleveland advanced to the Miami 33, McCoy went for the score, rolling
out and lobbing a long toss to the right side of the end zone. Cornerback Sean
Smith was a step or two behind Cribbs and had stopped to turn around, looking
for the pass.
By the time he saw it was sailing over his head, Cribbs had jumped to make the
catch. The receiver held onto the ball as Smith scrambled back, making it a
The Dolphins, however, headed into the locker room with the lead thanks to a
23-yard Carpenter kick with 27 seconds left. Miami had a 1st-and-goal at the
eight, but failed to gain more than three yards.
The teams opened the third quarter with promising drives, but both ended in a
Cleveland had a 2nd-and-2 at the Miami 12, but Hardesty was stuffed on a run
and McCoy's pass to Watson was incomplete, forcing the Browns to settle for a
30-yarder by Phil Dawson.
On its ensuing drive, Henne's 38-yard pass to Brian Hartline put Miami at the
seven-yard line. But on 3rd-and-goal from the five, Marshall was called for
unnecessary roughness, and Carpenter made a 41-yarder to give the Dolphins a
Hardesty finished with 67 rushing yards...Thomas had 95 yards on the ground
and 27 yards on three receptions...Miami was 1-for-3 in red zone
09/25 20:32:22 ET