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Running Recap: Browns Beat Chargers, 20-17

The San Diego Chargers dropped their fourth-straight after losing to the Cleveland Browns 20-17.  The Chargers got on the board first off a drive that included a 50-yard completion from Philip Rivers to Travis Benjamin and a fourth down rush from Kenneth Farrow to move the chains.  For the score, Rivers connected with Antonio Gates to make it 7-0, San Diego.  The Browns tied it 7-7 off an eight-yard rushing touchdown from Isaiah Crowell.  The Bolts regained the lead 10-7, after Josh Lambo made a 43-yard field goal; however, on the ensuing Browns' drive, Cleveland went 75 yards in 10 plays to take the lead 14-10 after a second touchdown from Crowell.  The Browns capitalized on a Chargers turnover after kicking a field goal 10 plays off a Rivers interception for a 17-10 lead that the Browns took into halftime. 

The Browns added three to their lead after Parkey's 27-yard field goal was good.  On the ensuing Chargers' drive, Tyrell Williams came up big with two completions of 20 and 16 yards and ended up scoring a one-yard touchdown to put the Chargers within three.  The score remained 20-17 heading into the fourth; however, on the Browns' second drive in the final quarter of action, Robert Griffin III went out and Cody Kessler entered the game.  The Bolts got great field position with 4:49 left in the game and ended up getting down to the Cleveland 14; however, Lambo's field goal attempt was blocked and the Browns regained possession with 3:49 left in the game.  The Browns eventually punted and the Bolts got the ball with 1:46 to go.  On 4th-and-10, Rivers found Antonio Gates for a gain of 25 to move to the Cleveland 35. Unfortunately, it was too little too late as four plays later, Josh Lambo's 45-yard field goal was no good and the Browns clinched their first win of the season.

IMPACT PLAYS

FIRST QUARTER

15:00 – On the first offensive play of the game, Philip Rivers threw deep to Travis Benjamin for a gain of 50.

11:24 – On 4th-and-1, Kenneth Farrow powered through to move the chains to the one-yard line.

10:53 – Antonio Gates scored his 110th touchdown to make it 7-0, San Diego.

9:49 – Damion Square sacked Robert Griffin III for a loss of eight.

7:59 – Facing a 4th-and-6, Griffin connected with Gary Barnidge for 10.

5:16 – Isaiah Crowell's eight-yard touchdown tied the game.

1:54 – Josh Lambo's 43-yard field goal was good.

1:13 – Crowell scampered upfield for 14.

SECOND QUARTER

13:08 – Griffin found tight end Seth DeValve to set up 1st-and-goal from the four.

12:42 – Crowell rushed off right guard for a four-yard score.

11:55 – On 3rd-and-9, Gates gained 11 to move the sticks.

9:46 – Rivers' pass was underthrown and picked off by Jamar Taylor.  Taylor returned the interception 17 yards to the Cleveland 30.

5:33 – Griffin was sacked on third down by Jatavis Brown and Kyle Emanuel for a loss of four.  On the next play, Cody Parkey's 49-yard field goal made it 17-10, CLE.

2:13 – Andrew Hawkins took in a Griffin pass, bobbled it, but then corralled it back in for a 21-yard gain.

:41 – Joey Bosa notched his 8.5 sack of the season after taking Griffin down for a loss of 11.

THIRD QUARTER

13:17 – Duke Johnson found a gaping hole and took the ball 22 yards to the San Diego eight.

11:44 – Parkey's 27-yard field goal made it 20-10.

9:45 – Rivers found Tyrell Williams for 20 on third down.  On the next play, Williams gained 16 to take the ball into Cleveland territory.

6:09 – Williams made a one-handed catch good for a touchdown to put the Bolts within three, 20-17.

5:30 – Bosa made his presence felt again, sacking Griffin for a loss of four.

2:36 – Derek Watt took in a short pass good for 16 on third down.

:57 – Denzel Perryman got the Bolts their fifth sack of the day, taking Griffin down for a loss of five.

FOURTH QUARTER

15:00 – Square got to Griffin again for a loss of five.

10:50 – Darius Philon converged on the QB this time to take the Griffin down at the line of scrimmage.

5:37 – Melvin Ingram sacked Cody Kessler for a loss of 10.

4:49 – Gates took in a pass on first down for 20.

3:49 – Lambo came on to attempt a 32-yard field goal but his attempt was blocked by Jamie Meder.

2:02 – Kessler was sacked by Korey Toomer for a loss of one to bring up a Cleveland punt.

1:06 – Gates gained 25 on a 4th-and-10 play.

:43 – Lambo's 45-yard field goal to tie was no good, and the Browns got their first win of the season.

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