NFL Game Summary - Carolina at Cleveland|
(Sunday, November 28th)
Final Score: Cleveland 24, Carolina 23
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Phil Dawson's 41-yard field goal late in the
fourth quarter, coupled with John Kasay's miss of a 42-yard effort as time
expired, helped the Cleveland Browns earn a 24-23 win over the Carolina
Jake Delhomme, playing against his former team after spending the last seven
years in Carolina, finished 24-of-35 passing for 245 yards, but threw a pair
of interceptions -- one returned for a touchdown by Captain Munnerlyn -- for
Cleveland (4-7), which dropped a 24-20 decision at Jacksonville last Sunday
and has won three of its last five.
"I'm extremely happy we got a win, that's the biggest thing," Delhomme said.
"Certainly it does mean a lot to play against your former team. There were a
ton of emotions that I felt."
Peyton Hillis rushed for 131 yards and three scores, and caught six passes for
63 yards in the victory.
Jimmy Clausen returned to the lineup after sitting out last weekend with a
concussion and connected on 16-of-28 passes for 195 yards with an interception
and Jonathan Stewart ran for 98 yards on 12 carries for the Panthers (1-10),
who have dropped five in a row since winning their only game of the season
against San Francisco on October 24. Kasay booted three field goals in defeat.
"All I'm trying to do is take a step each and every week," Clausen said.
"There were obviously some plays I wish I could have made that I didn't make,
but that's just the way the game goes."
After Dawson booted the go-ahead field goal with 2:42 left, Joe Haden picked
off Clausen at the Cleveland 44 and returned it inside Carolina territory at
The Browns then called three straight run plays with Hillis, causing the
Panthers to spend all three time outs. Reggie Hodges' punt pinned Carolina
back to its own five with 59 seconds to play. However, a 32-yard catch-and-run
by Mike Goodson moved the ball to the 48 with 12 seconds to go. Clausen
then hit Brandon LaFell for a 28-yard gain to the 24 and after a replay
confirmed the catch, Kasay came on and hit the left upright as time expired.
With Carolina trailing 21-13 at the half, Kasay missed from 46 yards out on
the Panthers' first offensive try of the third quarter, before Munnerlyn
jumped a sideline route on Delhomme's pass intended for Mohamed Massaquoi and
returned it 37 yards for a touchdown to make it a one-point game.
Following an exchange of punts, Cleveland was on the move at the Carolina 25
early in the fourth and facing a 4th-and-1, Hillis was stopped short of the
marker and the Panthers took over.
Carolina converted a 3rd-and-12 from its own 23 when Clausen hit Dante Rosario
for 14 yards and Stewart rushed two straight plays, the latter for 31 yards to
the Cleveland 25. After three minimal gains, Kasay came on and booted a
43-yard field goal for a 23-21 Carolina lead with 7:01 to play
Cleveland, though, answered on its ensuing possession with three. Delhomme,
who completed all five of his passes on the drive, hit Hillis with a 12-yard
gain to convert a 3rd-and-10 to the Carolina 46, then connected with Massaquoi
for 13 more. The drive stalled at the 24, but Dawson's 41-yard effort put the
Browns back in front for good.
Goodson's 26-yard touchdown run on Carolina's opening possession gave his team
an early lead, but Cleveland answered with a score on its first offensive try
when Hillis ran around left tackle and dove just inside the left pylon for the
score to even things.
Following a three-and-out, the Browns went ahead 14-7 on Hillis' five-yard
dive that finished off a seven-play, 64-yard drive.
Cleveland was denied on its next offensive set when Evan Moore fumbled at the
Carolina three, but the Panthers again went three-and-out and the Browns
tacked on another seven.
Hillis' six-yard run -- his third score of the day -- capped a six-play, 60-
yard drive for a 21-7 game with 9:12 before halftime.
However, Carolina got three back on Kasay's 43-yard field goal with 3:19
remaining, then after a short Browns' drive, Kasay hit from 42-yards out with
47 seconds to go and the Browns took a 21-13 lead into the locker room.
Cleveland will visit Miami next Sunday, while Carolina plays at Seattle...The
Panthers had won all three of their previous meetings with the
Browns...Goodson rushed for 55 yards and a score, and caught eight passes for
11/28 19:26:39 ET