It was an ugly day in Cleveland with miserable weather, and the play on the field for both teams wasn’t much better. But in the end, the home team came out on top as the Browns edged the Chargers 7-6.
Cleveland got on the board first, after the Chargers were unable to convert a fourth down on the opening drive of the game. Cleveland marched the ball down field, converting two third downs and one fourth down, and finished the drive with a 26-yard touchdown run by Trent Richardson. After a couple of three-and-outs by each team,
Neither team was able to get much going early in the second quarter. With 1:48 on the clock, the Chargers managed to get their offense rolling, started by 25-yard catch and run by
Both teams had trouble getting on track to start the second half, and the Chargers defense kept the team in the game with a number of clutch plays. Eventually, Novak converted a 31-yard field goal towards the end of the third quarter to trim the Browns’ lead to a single point, 7-6.
To start the fourth quarter, the Bolts had the ball at their own three yard line. They managed to convert a trio of third downs before the drive stalled near midfield, forcing a punt. The Browns started their drive deep in their own territory, but strung together a long drive of their own before it came to an end just inside the Chargers territory with 2:46 remaining in the game.
The drive started with a Rivers pass to the left to
The Chargers looked poised to score their first touchdown of the game midway through the third quarter when
It Was Over When…
The Chargers had a 4th-and-10 at Cleveland’s 44-yard line with 1:24 remaining in the game. Philip Rivers took the ball in shotgun formation and after allowing his receivers time to get downfield, fired for Malcom Floyd. Unfortunately, cornerback Buster Skrine was able to get his hand on the ball to tip it out of harm’s way. The Browns took over on downs and after a pair of kneel downs, the game was over.
Play of the Game
The Chargers had a chance to get the ball back in good field position as Cleveland had a 3rd-and-6 from their own 7 midway through the fourth quarter. Brandon Weeden took the snap and after drawing the Chargers defense in, hit Trent Richardson on a screen pass to the flat. The running back then ran for the first down, a game changing play that lead to a long drive that took plenty of time off the clock.
Stat of the Game
The Chargers have not scored a touchdown in their last six quarters of play.
“We’re in an extremely challenging situation. We need to find a way to win a game.” – Head Coach Norv Turner
“It’s a tough one. There’s no other way around it. We had to find a way to get just one touchdown and we couldn’t do it. We had to get eight points and we just couldn’t do it today.” – Quarterback Philip Rivers
“We know we’re capable of playing better, but we’re just not doing that for some reason. We’ve got to get it together. The best part about this league is that this game is over and now we have another opportunity coming up. As professionals, we have to handle situations like this. With your back against the wall you have to come out fighting. That’s what we have to do as a football team.”– Running Back Ronnie Brown
“Thursday night is pivotal for us. We have to win. There is no other option.”- Center
Odds and Ends
Ronnie Brown had a strong game and was the team’s leading receiver with seven catches for 85 yards.
Ryan Mathews finished the game with 24 carries for 95 yards, averaging 4.0 yards per attempt.
Today’s temperatures were in the low 40s with wind gusts up to 20mph.