You’d never believe it!
The lowly Browns have been flirting with record performances this year on the negative side.
In a 41-34 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, the Browns had a couple of players smash records as Jerome Harrison exploded for 286 yards rushing, including three touchdowns and the game-winner with 44 seconds to play. Harrison also had two receptions for 12 yards to give him 298 yards in all-purpose yardage.
Harrison’s performance was not only the best in Browns’ history, eclipsing Jim Brown’s 227 set in 1961, but it ended up the third-highest total in NFL history, just yards behind Adrian Peterson’s record.
Then, there’s Josh Cribbs, who returned his seventh and eighth kickoffs for touchdowns to set a new NFL record. Cribbs’ scores came from 100 and 103 yards out in the first half.
Despite giving up 491 yards to the Chiefs, the Browns put up 417 yards in offense themselves, including 351 yards on the ground.
The Browns took the opening kickoff and took a 3-0 lead as they moved to the Chiefs’ 30 before stalling and settling for a 47-yard field goal by Phil Dawson with 10:13 to play in the first quarter. The Browns held the ball for 4:46 with a 12 play, 46-yard drive.
Quinn was 2-of-5 for 19 yards on the drive, but missed Mohamed Massaquoi twice down the sideline on deep passes. Jerome Harrison carried four times for 24 yards and caught a 9-yard shovel pass from Quinn.
On the Chiefs’ first drive, Corey Williams stripped the ball from Tim Castille and Matt Roth recovered at the Browns’36. However, two plays later, Quinn threw an interception to Brandon Carr and it was returned near midfield.
The Chiefs converted the turnover into a 30-yard field goal by Ryan Succop to tie the game with 4:12 left in the first quarter. The score was set up on a Matt Cassel to Chris Chambers deep pass for 31 yards to the Browns’ 18 after Chambers took the ball away from Brandon McDonald. After a short run and two incomplete passes, the Chiefs kicked the field goal with 4:12 left.
On the ensuing kickoff, Cribbs took the ball at the goal line and broke loose for 100 yards to make it 10-3 with 3:56 to play in the first quarter. On the return, Cribbs became the all-time leader in NFL career kickoff returns with seven.
The Browns extended their lead to 13-3 on their first possession of the second quarter as Dawson kicked his second field goal from 30 yards out with 12:32 to play in the first half. The Browns started at their own 48 after a short punt. A pass to Chansi Stuckey moved the ball to the Chiefs’ 42. Harrison ran for seven to the 35 and then had a 14-yard run to the 21. A couple of short runs by Chris Jennings forced the Browns into the field goal.
After the field goal, the Chiefs moved 72 yards in just six plays as Cassel teamed up with Chambers for a nine-yard touchdown to make it 13-10 with 10:04 to play in the first half. On the previous play to the touchdown, Chambers beat Eric Wright down the sideline for 39 yards to the nine and then he beat McDonald for the score. Chambers had four receptions for 84 yards in the first half, including the touchdown.
After stopping the Browns, the Chiefs quickly took the lead at 17-13 with 4:10 left in the first half as Jamaal Charles broke through the line and went 47 yards for a touchdown. The Chiefs covered 85 yards in just five plays. Charles had 83 yards in the first half.
After a three-and-out, the Browns lined up to punt and Ryan Pontbriand’s snap to punter Reggie Hodges went off the leg of Nick Sorensen. Andy Studebaker recovered in the end zone for the score with 2:44 left to make it 24-13.
Twelve seconds later, Cribbs went 103 yards for another kickoff return to make it 24-20 with 2:31 left.
The Browns regained the lead early in the third quarter as Harrison broke loose off left guard and cut back up the middle and raced 71 yards for a touchdown to make it 27-24 with 13:16 to play. Harrison had 155 yards on just 14 carries to that point. The Browns had the ball just two plays, covering 82 yards, as Harrison had an 11-yard run on the first play and then broke the touchdown run.
After the quick score early in the third quarter, the Browns went on a long drive that finished with 12:09 left in the game as Harrison went in for his second touchdown to make it 34-24. A key play was when the Browns were faced with fourth-and-one from the 21 and they elected to go for it. Quinn faked a sneak and then ran 13 yards to the eight. Harrison scored on the next play. It was a 14 play, 79 yard drive that took 8:09 off the clock.
The Chiefs answered after the Browns score and cut the lead to 34-27 as Succop hit a 27-yard field goal with 8:12 left. Trailing 34-24, Cassel threw again deep to Chambers for 34 yards to the Browns’ 14. After a short run by Charles, Cassel threw the ball right in the arms of linebacker Kaluka Maiava, who dropped it, forcing the Chiefs to kick the field goal.
The Browns failed to make it a two possession game with 4:26 to play as Dawson was right on target but just short on a 54-yard attempt. Eric Steinbach was flagged for a false start two plays earlier, which might’ve cost the attempt.
On the drive, Harrison broke the single-game rushing record with a five-yard run to best Jim Brown’s 228-yard effort set in 1961.
The Chiefs took over after the missed field goal and picked up a big play on a pass that went off the hands of one receiver and into the hands of Dwayne Bowe for a pickup of 23 yards inside the Browns’ 40. Back-to-back runs by Charles moved the ball to the Browns’ 16 with three minutes to play.
After two incomplete passes and faced with fourth-and- six from the 12, Cassel found Mark Bradley in front of Mike Furrey for the score to tie the game at 34-34 with 2:20 left.
Harrison scored his third touchdown of the game with 44 seconds to play and make the score 41-34 to cap a 70-yard drive in the last two minutes.
The Browns took over with 2:14 left at their own 30. A key play was on third-and-one, Quinn bootlegged around right end for 24 yards to the Chiefs’ 38. Harrison ran for four yards to the 34 with 1:00 left. Harrison picked up six to the 28 with 49 seconds left. On third-and-one, Harrison broke loose for 28 yards and another score to give him 286 yards and three touchdowns.
After the score, the Chiefs picked up 33 yards to Bradley to the Browns’ 48. He was tripped up by Furrey at the Browns’ 48 with 28 seconds left. Cassel hit Bowe for 15 yards with seven seconds left. Cassel’s last throw into the end zone hit the goal post and fell incomplete.
Move Over Jim Brown: RB Jerome Harrison had a career day with 34 carries for 286 yards and three touchdowns. He broke the record for most rushing yards in one game by a Browns back that was previously set by Jim Brown, who had 228 yards in 1961. He had 12 carries for 73 yards and caught two passes for 12 yards in the first half and then exploded for 82 yards on his first two carries of the second half, including a 71-yard run for a touchdown. Harrison’s total was the third best all time total in NFL history behind only Adrian Peterson and Jamal Lewis.
Making History: KR Josh Cribbs became the all-time leader in NFL history with seven kickoff returns as he went 100 yards for a score in the first quarter. It was the second kickoff return this season for Cribbs as he returned a kickoff against the Steelers earlier in the season. For an encore, Cribbs returned another kickoff for a touchdown in the second quarter. The second return was for 103 yards.
Brady’s Picks: QB Brady Quinn hadn’t thrown an interception in the previous four games, but threw one in the first quarter against the Chiefs and another in the third quarter. He had thrown 150 passes without an interception until the errant throw. QB Brady Quinn was just 5-of-10 for 30 yards in the first half with one interception. Quinn finished 10–of-17 for 66 yards and two interceptions. He was the second leading rusher with four carries for 39 yards, including a key 24 yard run on the game winning drive.
Roth Man: LB Matt Roth recovered a fumble and had the Browns only sack in the first half. DB Eric Wright led the Browns in tackles with 7.
St. Clair, Bowens Down: Two more Browns starters went down in the first half. OT John St. Clair injured his ankle and was replaced by Floyd Womack. Hank Fraley went in at RG for Womack and later Rex Hadnot replaced Fraley. LB David Bowens also was dinged in the second quarter. Bowens was able to return after banging his knee.