Joshua Cribbs with his two kickoff returns for touchdowns.
Jerome Harrison with his club-record 286 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
Go ahead, pick your player of the game in the Browns’ 41-34 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.
But the play of the game was not turned in by either one of them. Instead, it was made by quarterback Brady Quinn.
Yet, it didn’t come from his arm but rather from his legs.
On such a shake-your-head-in-wonder kind of day, that’s a shake-your-head-in-wonder kind of fact.
This was a game of big runs in more ways than one.
The Browns scored 10 unanswered points to take a 13-3 lead on Phil Dawson’s 30-yard field goal with 12:32 left in the second quarter.
The Chiefs then tallied 21 consecutive points to go ahead 24-13 with 2:44 left before halftime on Andy Studebaker’s fumble recovery in the end zone for a TD off a botched punt snap.
The Browns answered by getting 21 points in a row to move back in front 34-24 on Jerome Harrison’s eight-yard TD run with 12:09 left in the game.
Then it was the Chiefs’ turn, as they scored 10 straight points to tie the game at 34-34 with 2:20 remaining on Matt Cassel’s 12-yard TD pass to wide receiver Mark Bradley.
So after all the big stars made all their big plays, nothing had been gained, in essence. The teams were right back where they started the game -- in a dead-heat.
Someone else needed to step up, and that someone was Quinn.
For the second straight game, he really struggled throwing the ball, hitting on 10-of-17 attempts for just 66 yards and no TDs with two interceptions for a microscopic 27.7 quarterback rating. Those numbers are bad enough as it is, but in a game where there was so much offense, they were especially so.
In fact, the Browns had seven runs longer than Quinn’s longest pass of the game of only 11 yards.
But the mark of a good player is that when one thing isn’t working, he finds another way to beat you. That’s what Quinn did on the Browns’ game-winning drive.
After the ensuing kickoff following Cassel’s game-tying TD pass, the Browns took over at the Cleveland 30 with just 2:14 left. They seemed to be moving in slow-motion as Harrison ran for five yards on the first play and four yards after that, setting up a third-and-1 situation at the 39.
Were the Browns going to just sit on the ball, keeping it away from the Chiefs so they couldn’t score, and then take their chances in overtime?
Because of Quinn, the Browns never had to answer that question. He faked a hand-off to Harrison over the left side, and the Chiefs defense, cognizant of all the damage the back had already done to them, bit on it almost completely.
That left the entire right side of the field open, and Quinn took off that way, scurrying around end for 24 yards before left inside linebacker Demorrio Williams, the only Chief who had any clue at all as to what was going on, pushed him out of bounds at the Kansas City 37.
At that point, you could just feel the members of the Chiefs defense waving the white flag, being convinced that, once again, they weren’t going to be able to stop the Browns. A 24-yard scramble by the quarterback on third-and-1 will do that to you.
Three plays – all Harrison runs later – the Browns scored a TD in the same direction, around right end, from 28 yards out with 44 seconds left.
It still wasn’t over, however, for the Chiefs got all the way to the Cleveland 26 with seven seconds left. But Cassel’s Hail Mary pass into the end zone as time expired hit the crossbar of the goal post and bounced harmlessly to the ground.
The Browns had just their third win of the year against 11 losses, and Quinn had had a big hand – though not an arm -- in the effort.