THE CLEVELAND BROWNS FINALLY WON A GAME!!!! I REPEAT, THE BROWNS WON A GAME!!!! They pulled out a 20-17 victory against the Chargers. The Chargers totally "Charger'd" the game away and it was incredible.
The Browns played well enough to win this game even though they got out-gained by 105 yards (356-251). But the Browns won three key facets of this game; time of possession, penalties, and the turnover margin. The Browns won the possession game 32:29 to 27:31 mins. The Browns only committed four penalties while the Chargers committed nine penalties (three on the first drive which set up a Browns touchdown). And Jamar Taylor picked off Philip Rivers' pass for the only turnover in the game and the Browns capitalized on it a scored a field goal.
The Browns defense did just enough to win this game. Rivers threw for 322 yards on 23/46 attempts, two touchdowns and one interception. The Chargers leading receivers were Antonio Gates with eight catches for 94 yards and one touchdown and former Brown Travis Benjamin who caught for three passes for 75 yards. Jamar Taylor (who was on of my five guys to watch) had one interception and three pass defections.
The unsung heroes of the game was the Browns special teams. Returner Mario Alfred averaged 28 yards per kick return and defensive lineman Jamie Meder came up clutch and blocked a game-tying field goal attempt with just over three mins left in the fourth quarter.
Most Valuable Brown: Hue Jackson wins the award for this week. After a long season and losing 14 straight games the Browns finally pull out a win. This team never quit on him and you can see the emotion from Hue Jackson's post game speech. The record doesn't show it but he has this team believing in themselves and they believe in him.