CLEVELAND - The 4-7 Browns are playing the Colts tough through the first half as they had a big goal line stand in the last minute of the first half and lead, 6-3 at halftime. Brodney Pool stopped Peyton Manning short of the touchdown on fourth down, while Shaun Rogers made the big stop on Joseph Addai on third down .
The Browns got on the board first as Phil Dawson kicked a 34-yard field goal with 9:04 to play in the first quarter after a turnover by the Colts on the first play of scrimmage. Addai fumbled after a hit by Shaun Smith and Eric Wright scooped it up and returned it to the Colts’ 47. The Browns picked up a two first downs, primarily moving the ball on the ground on runs by Jamal Lewis to the 17 before kicking the field goal. Derek Anderson threw just one pass on the drive for three-yards to Jason Wright on third-and-8. Lewis had six carries for 19 yards on the drive.
After the Browns field goal, the Colts moved quickly down the field and tied the score at 3-3 as Adam Vinatieri hit a 30-yard field goal with 1:58 to play in the first quarter. The Colts moved 65 yards in 7:06 to the Browns’ seven before a false start moved them back to the 12. On third down, Manning appeared to have Reggie Wayne in the end zone, but he couldn’t hang on to the ball as Brandon McDonald was able to strip the ball loose. Manning was 5-of-6 for 44 yards on the drive.
The Browns regained the lead at 6-3 with 7:35 to play in the first half as Dawson kicked a 25-yard field goal. The Browns had the ball for 16 plays and covered 66 yards in 9:23.
After the Colts tied the game, Lewis had a run of 15 yards to get the offense going. Anderson hit Winslow on third down to the Colts’ 35 to keep the drive alive. On the next third down, Anderson again hit Winslow for a first down to the 25.
Anderson then hit Braylon Edwards in front of Kelvin Hayden for 16 yards to the nine after the first down. After that, the Browns picked up just a yard on three plays before Dawson kicked his second field goal.
The Colts responded quickly as Manning hit Wayne for 14 yards and Dallas Clark for 17 yards to the Browns’ 20. A pass to Marvin Harrison gave the Colts a first down at the seven. After getting to the one on a run by Addai, the Browns stopped Addai on third down short of the goal line. On fourth down, the Colts shunned the field goal as Manning tried to sneak in, but he was stopped short. He fumbled and it was recovered by Clark in the end zone, but NFL rules prohibit another player recovering a fumble for a touchdown.
Keep Away From Peyton: There was no question the Browns game plan on offense was to try to keep the ball out of QB Peyton Manning’s hands. The Browns ran the ball on eight of their first nine plays. On their second scoring drive, they had the ball for 16 plays and 9:23. Both were the longest of the season. Other than the opening series when the Colts fumbled on the first play, they only had two possessions with the exception of the final play of the first half. Manning was 10-of-12 for 88 yards with one interception.
DA: QB Derek Anderson returned to the lineup after the injury to QB Brady Quinn. He started 3-of-3 for 11yards, with the longest being a five-yard pass to TE Kellen Winslow. Anderson was 7-of-8 for 40 yards midway through the second quarter.
Jamal Time: RB Jamal Lewis had 12 carries for 42 yards in the first half, including a long of 15 yards.
K2: TE Kellen Winslow was the leading receiver at the half with three catches for 15 yards, all on third down.
Williams Hurt: DL Corey Williams suffered an arm laceration and his return was questionable.
McDonald, Jackson Lead D: CB Brandon McDonald and LB D’Qwell Jackson were the Browns leading tacklers at the half with four each.
Inactives: QB Brady Quinn was officially placed on injured reserve and he will miss the rest of the season. The Browns signed TE Jed Collins to the active roster. Collins is inactive, along with DB Travis Daniels, DB Hamza Abdullah, LB Kris Griffin, LB Titus Brown, DL Ahtyba Rubin, OL Scott Young and TE Darnell Dinkins. Collins is a 6-1, 255 rookie from Washington State. He will wear No. 44.
For the Colts, DB Bob Sanders, DB Brandon Foster, LB Buster Davis, OL Jeff Saturday, TE Jamie Petrowski, WR Roy Hall, DT Daniel Muir and DE Curtis Johnson. Melvin Bullitt started at SS for Sanders, while Jamey Richard started at center for Saturday.