2010 Cleveland Browns season
The 2010 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 62nd season as a professional sports franchise and its 58th season as a member of the National Football League (NFL). The team failed to break the longest playoff appearance drought in franchise history, a current streak of eight seasons without reaching the playoffs. The team finished 5–11, matching its win total from the 2009 season and placed third in the AFC North. This season marked the first season under the leadership of team president Mike Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert. It also marked the second season under head coach Eric Mangini. The Browns played all of their home games at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio.
|2010 Cleveland Browns season|
|Head coach||Eric Mangini|
|General manager||Tom Heckert|
|Home field||Cleveland Browns Stadium|
|Local radio||WTAM · WMMS|
|Division place||3rd AFC North|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
|Pro Bowlers||C Alex Mack |
T Joe Thomas
On December 21, 2009, the Browns hired Mike Holmgren, former Green Bay Packers head coach and Seattle Seahawks head coach and general manager, to take over as the team president. His duties will include personnel management and oversight over all operations.
Although many believed that the institution of Holmgren as president would lead to the firing of Browns' head coach Eric Mangini, he announced his intent to retain Mangini and the entire coaching staff for the 2010 season on January 7, 2010.
|LB||Marcus Benard||ERFA||Browns||March 17|
|LB||Blake Costanzo||ERFA||Browns||March 17|
|SS||*Abram Elam||RFA||Browns||June 14|
|TE||Greg Estandia||RFA||Browns||March 16|
|WR||Mike Furrey||UFA||Redskins||June 8|
|TE||Michael Gaines||UFA||Texans||April 23|
|G||Rex Hadnot||UFA||Cardinals||March 11|
|RB||*Jerome Harrison||RFA||Browns||June 14|
|LB||*D'Qwell Jackson||RFA||Browns||June 14|
|RB||Chris Jennings||ERFA||Browns||March 17|
|FS||Brodney Pool||RFA||Jets||March 11|
|LB||*Matt Roth||RFA||Browns||June 14|
|LB||*Jason Trusnik||RFA||Browns||March 12|
|FS||Ray Ventrone||ERFA||Browns||March 5|
|FB||*Lawrence Vickers||RFA||Browns||June 14|
|G||Billy Yates||UFA||Browns||March 18|
|Player re-signed by Browns|
* The Browns used a second-round tender on these players
|QB||Derek Anderson||March 9||Cardinals||March 17|
|C||Hank Fraley||March 3||Rams||March 14|
|TE||Steve Heiden||March 12|
|RB||Jamal Lewis||February 17|
|WR||Donté Stallworth||February 9||Ravens||February 17|
|QB||Jake Delhomme||Panthers||March 13|
|WR||Bobby Engram||Chiefs||July 8|
|LB||Scott Fujita||Saints||March 7|
|C||Eric Ghiaciuc||Chargers||April 8|
|T||Tony Pashos||49ers||March 7|
|TE||Alex Smith||Eagles||May 4|
|CB||DeAngelo Smith||Lions||April 28|
|TE||Benjamin Watson||Patriots||March 12|
2010 Draft classEdit
|1||7||Joe Haden||Cornerback||Florida||July 31|
|2||38||T. J. Ward||Safety||Oregon||July 26|
|59||Montario Hardesty||Running back||Tennessee||July 26||From Dallas via Philadelphia|
|3||85||Colt McCoy||Quarterback||Texas||July 23||from New England via Oakland|
|92||Shawn Lauvao||Offensive tackle||Arizona State||July 23||from New York Jets|
|5||160||Larry Asante||Safety||Nebraska||July 14||from New York Jets|
|6||177||Carlton Mitchell||Wide receiver||South Florida||July 7|
|186||Clifton Geathers||Defensive end||South Carolina||June 28||from Carolina|
Undrafted free agentsEdit
|T||Casey Bender||South Dakota State||April 30|
|DB||Benjamin Burney||Colorado||April 30|
|DB||Chris Chancellor||Clemson||April 30|
|LB||Austin English||Oklahoma||April 30|
|WR||Johnathan Haggerty||Oklahoma State||April 30|
|DE||Swanson Miller||Oklahoma State||April 30|
|WR||Dion Morton||Colorado State||April 30|
|T||Joel Reinders||Waterloo||April 30|
|DT||Kwaku Danso||East Carolina||May 17|
|WR||Aaron Valentin||Purdue||April 30||May 4|
|TE||Troy Wagner||Indiana||April 30||May 4|
After wearing solid brown pants with their white away jerseys during their 2009 campaign, the Browns returned to wearing their traditional white pants with orange-brown-orange lining for their 2010 away games. Furthermore, they wore white socks with orange-brown-orange piping with these uniforms, bringing back the "classic" Browns away look, as well as marking a departure from the past decade when solid brown socks were worn with both the home and away uniforms. These changes were confirmed during the team's first preseason game against the Packers on August 14 and by Eric Mangini the following week.
|Cleveland Browns 2010 staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
Opening training camp rosterEdit
Week 1 rosterEdit
|2010 Cleveland Browns Week 1 roster|
Rookies in italics
|Week||Date||Kickoff (EDT)||Opponent||Results||Game Site||TV||NFL Recap|
|Final score||Team record|
|1||August 14||8:00 pm||at Green Bay Packers||W 27–24||1–0||Lambeau Field||WKYC||Recap|
|2||August 21||7:30 pm||St. Louis Rams||L 17–19||1–1||Cleveland Browns Stadium||WKYC||Recap|
|3||August 28||5:30 pm||at Detroit Lions||L 27–35||1–2||Ford Field||WKYC||Recap|
|4||September 2||8:00 pm||Chicago Bears||W 13–10||2–2||Cleveland Browns Stadium||WKYC||Recap|
|Week||Date||Kickoff (ET)||Opponent||Results||Game Site||TV||NFL Recap|
|Final Score||Team Record|
|1||September 12||1:00 pm||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||L 14–17||0–1||Raymond James Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|2||September 19||1:00 pm||Kansas City Chiefs||L 14–16||0–2||Cleveland Browns Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|3||September 26||1:00 pm||at Baltimore Ravens||L 17–24||0–3||M&T Bank Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|4||October 3||1:00 pm||Cincinnati Bengals||W 23–20||1–3||Cleveland Browns Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|5||October 10||1:00 pm||Atlanta Falcons||L 10–20||1–4||Cleveland Browns Stadium||Fox||Recap|
|6||October 17||1:00 pm||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 10–28||1–5||Heinz Field||CBS||Recap|
|7||October 24||1:00 pm||at New Orleans Saints||W 30–17||2–5||Louisiana Superdome||CBS||Recap|
|9||November 7||1:00 pm||New England Patriots||W 34–14||3–5||Cleveland Browns Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|10||November 14||1:00 pm||New York Jets||L 20–26 (OT)||3–6||Cleveland Browns Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|11||November 21||1:00 pm||at Jacksonville Jaguars||L 20–24||3–7||EverBank Field||CBS||Recap|
|12||November 28||1:00 pm||Carolina Panthers||W 24–23||4–7||Cleveland Browns Stadium||Fox||Recap|
|13||December 5||1:00 pm||at Miami Dolphins||W 13–10||5–7||Sun Life Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|14||December 12||1:00 pm||at Buffalo Bills||L 6–13||5–8||Ralph Wilson Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|15||December 19||1:00 pm||at Cincinnati Bengals||L 17–19||5–9||Paul Brown Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|16||December 26||1:00 pm||Baltimore Ravens||L 10–20||5–10||Cleveland Browns Stadium||CBS||Recap|
|17||January 2||1:00 pm||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 9–41||5–11||Cleveland Browns Stadium||CBS||Recap|
COLOR KEY & NOTES:
- Bold indicates division games.
|(2) Pittsburgh Steelers||12||4||0||.750||5–1||9–3||375||232||W2|
|(5) Baltimore Ravens||12||4||0||.750||4–2||9–3||357||270||W4|
Week 1: at Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit
The Cleveland Browns began their NFL season at Raymond James Stadium for a showdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the first quarter, the Browns had the early lead as QB Jake Delhomme connected on a 41-yard touchdown pass to WR Mohamed Massaquoi, but the Buccaneers responded with a Connor Barth field goal. In the second quarter, the Browns increased their lead on a touchdown run by RB Peyton Hillis. Near the end of the half, the Browns were driving down the field until Delhomme threw an interception that allowed the Buccaneers to score a touchdown in the half's closing seconds. In the fourth quarter, the Buccaneers took the lead for good on a 33-yard touchdown pass from QB Josh Freeman to WR Micheal Spurlock.
With the loss, the Browns began their season at 0–1.
- 2:57 CLE – Massaquoi 41-yard pass from Delhomme (Dawson kick) 7–0 CLE
- 0:55 TB – Barth 49-yard field goal 7–3 CLE
- 5:42 CLE – Hillis 10-yard run (Dawson kick) 14–3 CLE
- 0:26 TB – Williams 3-yard pass from Freeman (Barth kick) 14–10 CLE
- 6:56 TB – Spurlock 33-yard pass from Freeman (Barth kick) 17–14 TB
Week 2: vs. Kansas City ChiefsEdit
The Browns played their home opener against the Kansas City Chiefs looking to bounce back from a close loss in Week 1 against the Buccaneers. With starting QB Jake Delhomme out with an ankle injury, Seneca Wallace started the game for the Browns. Chiefs K Ryan Succop started the scoring with an early field goal. In the second quarter, the Browns scored on a 1-yard run by RB Peyton Hillis, but soon gave the lead back on an interception returned by CB Brandon Flowers. However, the Browns took a 14–10 lead into halftime on a deep touchdown pass from Wallace to WR Josh Cribbs. After the half, the Browns' offense stalled, and Succop kicked two more field goals to give the Chiefs a 16–14 victory.
With the loss, the Browns fell to 0–2.
- 8:43 KC – Succop 34-yard field goal 3–0 KC
- 12:31 CLE – Hillis 1-yard run (Dawson kick) 7–3 CLE
- 10:02 KC – Flowers 33-yard interception return (Succop kick) 10–7 KC
- 8:43 CLE – Cribbs 65-yard pass from Wallace (Dawson kick) 14–10 CLE
- 8:48 KC – Succop 26-yard field goal 14–13 CLE
- 7:44 KC – Succop 23-yard field goal 16–14 KC
Week 3: at Baltimore RavensEdit
Still looking for a win the Browns flew to M&T Bank Stadium for an AFC North rivalry match against the Ravens. In the 1st quarter the Browns took the early lead when kicker Phil Dawson made a 28-yard field goal, which didn't last very long after QB Joe Flacco found WR Anquan Boldin on an 8 and a 12-yard TD pass. After that the Browns replied and eventually got the lead back when RB Peyton Hillis made a 1-yard TD run, followed in the 4th quarter by QB Seneca Wallace completing a 1-yard TD pass to TE Benjamin Watson. Then the Browns fell behind when Flacco made a 27-yard TD pass to WR Anquan Boldin, followed by kicker Billy Cundiff nailing a 49-yard field goal.
With the loss, Cleveland fell to 0–3.
- 6:14 CLE – Dawson 38-yard field goal 3–0 CLE
- 1:29 BAL – Boldin 8-yard pass from Flacco (Cundiff kick) 7–3 BAL
- 5:59 BAL – Boldin 12-yard pass from Flacco (Cundiff kick) 14–3 BAL
- 0:13 CLE – Hillis 1-yard run (Dawson kick) 14–10 BAL
- 14:54 CLE – Watson 1-yard pass from Wallace (Dawson kick) 17–14 CLE
- 9:13 BAL – Boldin 27-yard pass from Flacco (Cundiff kick) 21–17 BAL
- 5:29 BAL – Cundiff 49-yard field goal 24–17 BAL
Week 4: vs. Cincinnati BengalsEdit
Cleveland got the early lead in the first quarter as kicker Phil Dawson got a 30-yard field goal. The Browns added onto their lead in the second quarter as quarterback Seneca Wallace completed a 24-yard touchdown pass to tight end Evan Moore. The Bengals answered with kicker Mike Nugent's 24-yard field goal, followed by quarterback Carson Palmer finding wide receiver Terrell Owens on a 78-yard touchdown pass. The Browns would close out the half with Dawson getting a 31-yard field goal after linebacker Scott Fujita blocked a Bengals field goal attempt.
In the third quarter, Cleveland picked up right where they left off as running back Peyton Hillis got a 1-yard touchdown run, followed by Dawson's 22-yard field goal. Afterwards, Cincinnati answered with Nugent making a 25-yard field goal. The Bengals tried to rally in the fourth quarter as Palmer found running back Brian Leonard on a 3-yard touchdown pass, yet the defense prevented Cincinnati from getting any closer.
With the win, the Browns improved to 1–3.
- 2:31 CLE – Dawson 30-yard field goal 3–0 CLE
- 11:10 CLE – Moore 24-yard pass from Wallace (Dawson kick) 10–0 CLE
- 7:19 CIN – Nugent 24-yard field goal 10–3 CLE
- 3:41 CIN – Owens 78-yard pass from Palmer (Nugent kick) 10–10
- 0:04 CLE – Dawson 31-yard field goal 13–10 CLE
- 8:58 CLE – Hillis 1-yard run (Dawson kick) 20–10 CLE
- 6:36 CLE – Dawson 22-yard field goal 23–10 CLE
- 1:18 CIN – Nugent 25-yard field goal 23–13 CLE
- 10:50 CIN – Leonard 3-yard pass from Palmer (Nugent kick) 23–20 CLE
Week 5: vs. Atlanta FalconsEdit
at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
The Browns stayed at home for their Week 5 game against the Atlanta Falcons, and tried to build on their first win of the season. The Falcons scored first, on a 24-yard field goal by kicker Matt Bryant early in the second quarter. The Browns soon answered with a 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Seneca Wallace to running back Peyton Hillis. Bryant hit another field goal in the quarter to cut the Cleveland lead to one point. Wallace was injured near halftime, and did not return. In the second half, quarterback Jake Delhomme came out for the Browns, but the offense failed to generate any momentum other than a Phil Dawson field goal. The Falcons took the lead when wide receiver Roddy White caught a 45-yard pass from quarterback Matt Ryan. Cleveland tried to mount a comeback, but an interception return by defensive end Kroy Biermann sealed the win for Atlanta, 20–10.
With the loss, the Browns fell to 1–4.
- 14:54 ATL – Bryant 24-yard field goal 3–0 ATL
- 12:25 CLE – Hillis 19-yard pass from Wallace (Dawson kick) 7–3 CLE
- 5:04 ATL – Bryant 30-yard field goal 7–6 CLE
- 10:00 CLE – Dawson 19-yard field goal 10–6 CLE
- 8:05 ATL – White 45-yard pass from Ryan (Bryant kick) 13–10 ATL
- 4:14 ATL – Biermann 31-yard interception return (Bryant kick) 20–10 ATL
Week 6: at Pittsburgh SteelersEdit
Hoping to rebound from their loss to the Falcons, the Browns flew to Heinz Field for a Week 6 AFC North duel with their archrival, the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns were forced to start third string rookie quarterback Colt McCoy as injuries sidelined Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace. Cleveland delivered the opening punch in the first quarter as kicker Phil Dawson made a 39-yard field goal, his 235th field goal as a Cleveland Brown which broke Lou Groza's franchise record. The Steelers would take the lead in the second quarter as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed a 29-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Wallace.
The Browns' deficit increased in the third quarter as Roethlisberger found wide receiver Hines Ward on an 8-yard touchdown pass. Cleveland tried to rally as McCoy completed a 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end Benjamin Watson, but Pittsburgh would pull away with Roethlisberger's 14-yard touchdown pass to tight end Heath Miller.
With the loss, the Browns fell to 1–5.
- 1:51 CLE – Dawson 39-yard field goal 3–0 CLE
- 3:13 PIT – Ward 8-yard pass from Roethlisberger (Reed kick) 14–3 PIT
- 5:50 PIT – Mendenhall 2-yard run (Reed kick) 21–3 PIT
- 4:09 CLE – Watson 12-yard pass from McCoy (Dawson kick) 21–10 PIT
- 1:25 PIT – Miller 14-yard pass from Roethlisberger (Reed kick) 28–10 PIT
Week 7: at New Orleans SaintsEdit
The Cleveland Browns headed south to the Louisiana Superdome for their Week 7 battle against the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. Cleveland struck first, on a 23-yard field goal by kicker Phil Dawson and a 4-yard run by running back Peyton Hillis to take a 10–0 lead after one quarter. In the second quarter, New Orleans closed the gap on a Garrett Hartley-yard field goal, but the Browns answered with another Dawson field goal and a 30-yard interception return by linebacker David Bowens to push the lead to 20–3 at the half. Special teams played a large role for the Browns in the half, with a 62-yard punt return by Eric Wright thanks to a Josh Cribbs lateral, and a 68-yard rush on a fake punt by punter Reggie Hodges both leading to field goals.
In the fourth quarter, quarterback Drew Brees connected with tight end David Thomas to pull within 10, but another Dawson field goal and a second Bowens interception return sealed the win for the Browns.
With the win, the Browns entered their bye week at 2–5. This win also marked the third consecutive season in which the Browns defeated the defending Super Bowl champion.
- 5:32 NO – Hartley 32-yard field goal 10–3 CLE
- 2:18 CLE – Dawson 21-yard field goal 13–3 CLE
- 1:49 CLE – Bowens 30-yard interception return (Dawson kick) 20–3 CLE
- 13:29 NO – Thomas 11-yard pass from Brees (Hartley kick) 20–10 CLE
- 5:55 CLE – Dawson 48-yard field goal 23–10 CLE
- 3:33 CLE – Bowens 64-yard interception return (Dawson kick) 30–10 CLE
- 1:38 NO – Colston 8-yard pass from Brees (Hartley kick) 30–17 CLE
Week 9: vs. New England PatriotsEdit
at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
Coming off their bye week, the Browns went home for their Week 9 intraconference duel with the New England Patriots. Cleveland delivered the opening punch in the first quarter as kicker Phil Dawson hit a 38-yard field goal, followed by running back Peyton Hillis' 2-yard touchdown run. The Patriots answered in the second quarter as quarterback Tom Brady completed a 2-yard touchdown pass to tight end Aaron Hernandez. Cleveland struck back on a touchdown run by wide receiver Chansi Stuckey.
The Browns added onto their lead in the third quarter as rookie quarterback Colt McCoy got a 16-yard touchdown run. Cleveland continued to pull away in the fourth quarter with another Dawson field goal. New England tried to rally as Brady completed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Hernandez (with the extra point kicked by wide receiver Wes Welker), yet the Browns pulled away with Hillis' 35-yard touchdown run.
With the win, Cleveland improved to 3–5. Hillis was named as the AFC offensive player of the week.
- 8:43 NE – Hernandez 2-yard pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick) 10–7 CLE
- 3:23 CLE – Stuckey 11-yard run (Dawson kick) 17–7 CLE
- 5:53 CLE – McCoy 16-yard run (Dawson kick) 24–7 CLE
- 10:45 CLE – Dawson 37-yard field goal 27–7 CLE
- 6:37 NE – Hernandez 1-yard pass from Brady (Welker kick) 27–14 CLE
- 2:38 CLE – Hillis 35-yard run (Dawson kick) 34–14 CLE
Week 10: vs. New York JetsEdit
- Date: November 14
- Game time: 1:00 pm EST
- Game weather: 46 °F (Cloudy)
- Game attendance: 67,449
- Referee: Terry McAulay
- TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
Coming off their win over the Patriots, the Browns stayed at home for a Week 10 duel with the New York Jets, in a game that marked head coach Eric Mangini coaching against his former team, former Browns WR Braylon Edwards making his first return to Cleveland since being traded, and Jets' head coach Rex Ryan coaching against his brother, Browns' defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. The two teams exchanged early field goals before the Browns scored with a 12-yard touchdown run from RB Peyton Hillis. In the Second quarter New York tied the game on a 25-yard pass from Mark Sanchez to WR Jerricho Cotchery. After A Browns' field goal, the Jets would take the lead for the first time with a Sanchez 1-yard touchdown run late in the first half.
The third quarter started with a Jets' drive that lasted 19 plays and almost 10 minutes, but resulting in no points as K Nick Folk missed a short field goal. The Jets added onto their lead in the fourth quarter with Folk making a 25-yard field goal. On the Browns' next drive, rookie QB Colt McCoy drove the team down the field and the Browns scored on a 3-yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Massaquoi, to tie the game at 20 and send it into overtime.
In overtime, both teams squandered chances to win; Browns WR Chansi Stuckey fumbled the ball in Jets' territory, Folk missed a field goal for the Jets, and Sanchez threw an interception near the goal line. It was the Jets who would finally break through late in the overtime period as Sanchez completed the game-winning 37-yard touchdown pass to WR Santonio Holmes with only 16 seconds left.
With the loss, Cleveland fell to 3–6.
- 9:52 CLE – Dawson 34-yard field goal 3–0 CLE
- 5:52 NYJ – Folk 27-yard field goal 3–3
- 0:16 CLE – Hillis 12-yard run (Dawson kick) 10–3 CLE
- 11:09 NYJ – Cotchery 25-yard pass from Sanchez (Folk kick) 10–10
- 5:13 CLE – Dawson 23-yard field goal 13–10 CLE
- 0:23 NYJ – Sanchez 1-yard run (Folk kick) 17–13 NYJ
- 2:42 NYJ – Folk 25-yard field goal 20–13 NYJ
- 0:44 CLE – Massaquoi 3-yard pass from McCoy (Dawson kick) 20–20
- 0:16 NYJ – Holmes 37-yard pass from Sanchez 26–20 NYJ
Week 11: at Jacksonville JaguarsEdit
Coming off a last-second loss to the Jets, the Browns headed to Florida for their Week 11 duel with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jaguars struck first on a 47-yard field goal by Josh Scobee. In the second quarter, the Browns took the lead with an 11-yard pass from Colt McCoy to Peyton Hillis. But the Jaguars responded with David Garrard completing a 5-yard pass to Mike Thomas, and they took a 10–7 lead into halftime. In the third, the Jaguars turned the ball over on five straight possessions, but the Browns could only convert them into ten points, taking a 17–10 lead. In the fourth, Marcedes Lewis had a 14-yard touchdown reception, tying the game. The Browns retook the lead on a Phil Dawson field goal, but the Jaguars struck back with Maurice Jones-Drew running it in from a yard out. McCoy drove the Browns down the field, but Sean Considine intercepted his final pass, and the Jaguars defeated the Browns, 24–20.
With the loss, the Browns fell to 3–7.
- 8:13 JAC – Scobee 47-yard field goal 3–0 JAC
- 13:20 CLE – Hillis 11-yard pass from McCoy (Dawson kick) 7–3 CLE
- 0:35 JAC – Thomas 5-yard pass from Garrard (Scobee kick) 10–7 JAC
- 11:26 CLE – Elam 18-yard fumble return (Dawson kick) 14–10 CLE
- 1:54 CLE – Dawson 38-yard field goal 17–10 CLE
- 3:41 JAC – Lewis 14-yard pass from Garrard (Scobee kick) 17–17
- 2:51 CLE – Dawson 41-yard field goal 20–17 CLE
- 1:20 JAC – Jones-Drew 1-yard run (Scobee kick) 24–20 JAC
Week 12: vs. Carolina PanthersEdit
at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
The Browns returned home for a Week 12 duel with the Carolina Panthers after suffering back-to-back last-second losses. Jake Delhomme returned to quarterback for Cleveland against his former team after missing eight games with an ankle injury. The Panthers scored on their opening possession on a 26-yard run by Mike Goodson, but the Browns stormed back, with Peyton Hillis rushing for a touchdown on three consecutive possessions. Carolina added two field goals by John Kasay to end the half, and the Browns led 21–13. In the third quarter, the Browns' offense fell apart, failing to score and turning the ball over twice. Captain Munnerlyn returned an interception for a touchdown, pulling the Panthers within one. In the fourth quarter, Kasay hit a 43-yard field goal to give the Panthers the lead, but Phil Dawson returned the favor and put the Browns back on top. In the final minute, Panthers' QB Jimmy Clausen drove his team down the field, but Kasay's 42-yard field goal attempt hit the left upright as time expired, and the Browns held on to win, 24–23
With the win, the Browns improved to 4–7. This marked the Browns' first victory over the Panthers in franchise history, as the Browns lost each of the three previous meetings.
After the game, CB Joe Haden was named the Defensive Rookie of the Month for November. In four games during the month, Haden recorded 15 tackles, seven defended passes, and three interceptions. He became the first Browns' player to ever win this award.
- 10:36 CAR – Goodson 26-yard run (Kasay kick) 7–0 CAR
- 6:49 CLE – Hillis 9-yard run (Dawson kick) 7–7
- 2:44 CLE – Hillis 5-yard run (Dawson kick) 14–7 CLE
- 9:12 CLE – Hillis 6-yard run (Dawson kick) 21–7 CLE
- 3:19 CAR – Kasay 43-yard field goal 21–10 CLE
- 0:47 CAR – Kasay 42-yard field goal 21–13 CLE
- 12:18 CAR – Munnerlyn 37-yard interception return (Kasay kick) 21–20 CLE
- 7:01 CAR – Kasay 43-yard field goal 23–21 CAR
- 2:42 CLE – Dawson 41-yard field goal 24–23 CLE
Week 13: at Miami DolphinsEdit
The Browns, coming off a close victory over the Panthers, headed to Sun Life Stadium for their Week 13 battle against the Miami Dolphins. After a scoreless first quarter, the Browns scored first on a Phil Dawson 32-yard field goal. The Dolphins tied it at the half with Dan Carpenter hitting a 60-yard field goal, the longest in franchise history. In the second half, Benjamin Watson gave the Browns a 10–3 lead with a 3-yard touchdown reception from Jake Delhomme. The Dolphins responded with Chad Henne driving Miami down the field and tying the game with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Fasano. Late in the fourth quarter, Mike Adams intercepted Henne's pass and returned it to the 2. The Browns bled out the clock, and Dawson hit the game-winning field goal as time expired, giving the Browns a 13–10 victory.
With the win, the Browns improved to 5–7, matching their win total from the 2009 season.
- 10:27 MIA – Fasano 11-yard pass from Henne (Carpenter kick) 10–10
- 0:00 CLE – Dawson 23-yard field goal 13–10 CLE
Week 14: at Buffalo BillsEdit
at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, New York
The Browns headed to New York to take on the Buffalo Bills for their Week 14 duel. It was a low-scoring affair due to the freezing rain pelting the field for much of the game. On their opening drive, the Browns drove down to the Bills' one-yard line but could not get into the end. Kicker Phil Dawson kicked a 19-yard field goal in the first quarter. In the second quarter, Ryan Fitzpatrick connected with David Nelson on an 11-yard pass for the game's only touchdown, giving the Bills a 7–3 lead. Dawson hit another field goal to pull the Browns within one, but a Rian Lindell 30-yard field goal gave the Bills a 10–6 lead at the half. Several turnovers in the second half stopped the Browns from making progress down the field, and another Lindell field goal in the fourth quarter sent the Browns to a 13–6 loss. The lone high point for the Browns was Peyton Hillis, who became the first white running back to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season in 25 years.
With the loss, the Browns fell to 5–8 and were eliminated from playoff contention. This marks the eighth consecutive season in which the Browns failed to make the playoffs, a franchise record.
- 10:14 CLE – Dawson 19-yard field goal 3–0 CLE
- 9:33 BUF – Nelson 11-yard pass from Fitzpatrick (Lindell kick) 7–3 BUF
- 3:56 CLE – Dawson 25-yard field goal 7–6 BUF
- 0:17 BUF – Lindell 30-yard field goal 10–6 BUF
- 7:59 BUF – Lindell 19-yard field goal 13–6 BUF
Week 15: at Cincinnati BengalsEdit
at Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Colt McCoy returned for the Cleveland Browns' week 15 Battle of Ohio against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Browns scored on their opening drive on a 20-yard pass from McCoy to Robert Royal. The Bengals answered with Cedric Benson's 18-yard run to tie the game. Over the rest of the second and third quarters, Clint Stitser hit three field goals to give the Bengals a 16–7 lead. After trading field goals in the fourth, the Browns got within two on a 46-yard pass to Brian Robiskie. However, the Browns failed to stop a third down conversion on the Bengals' next possession, and the Browns lost 19–17.
With the loss, the Browns fell to 5–9 and finished the season 2–6 on the road.
- 11:11 CIN – Stitser 39-yard field goal 13–7 CIN
- 3:33 CIN – Stitser 34-yard field goal 16–7 CIN
- 14:06 CLE – Dawson 23-yard field goal 16–10 CIN
- 9:58 CIN – Stitser 20-yard field goal 19–10 CIN
- 2:13 CLE – Robiskie 46-yard pass from McCoy (Dawson kick) 19–17 CIN
Week 16: vs. Baltimore RavensEdit
The Browns stayed home for their Week 16 AFC North battle with the Baltimore Ravens. The Browns scored first on a touchdown pass from wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi to wide receiver Brian Robiskie. In the second quarter, the Ravens stormed back, with two field goals by Billy Cundiff and a touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to T. J. Houshmandzadeh. Phil Dawson hit a field goal late in the quarter to send the Browns into halftime down 13–10. The Browns opened the second half with a failed onside kick, which led to a Derrick Mason touchdown reception, and the Browns lost 20–10.
With the loss, the Browns fell to 5–10.
- 13:35 BAL – Cundiff 27-yard field goal 7–3 CLE
- 11:47 BAL – Houshmandzadeh 15-yard pass from Flacco (Cundiff kick) 10–7 BAL
- 4:06 BAL – Cundiff 40-yard field goal 13–7 BAL
- 0:03 CLE – Dawson 30-yard field goal 13–10 BAL
- 13:30 BAL – Mason 22-yard pass from Flacco (Cundiff kick) 20–10 BAL
Week 17: vs. Pittsburgh SteelersEdit
at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
Hoping to close out their season on a positive note, the Browns stayed at home for a Week 17 AFC North rematch with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cleveland trailed early in the first quarter as Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Wallace, followed by running back Rashard Mendenhall getting a 1-yard touchdown run. The Browns answered in the second quarter with a 19-yard field goal from kicker Phil Dawson, but Pittsburgh struck back with Mendenhall's 1-yard touchdown run, followed by Roethlisberger's 4-yard touchdown pass to tight end Heath Miller, and kicker Shaun Suisham booting a 41-yard field goal.
The Steelers would add onto their lead in the third quarter as wide receiver Antwaan Randle El completed a 3-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Hines Ward. Afterwards, Pittsburgh closed out its dominating day in the fourth quarter with Suisham making a 24-yard field goal. Cleveland would close out the game with rookie quarterback Colt McCoy finding wide receiver Brian Robiskie on a 20-yard touchdown pass, sending the Browns to their worst loss of the season, 41–9.
With the loss, the Browns closed out their season at 5–11, matching their 2009 record. They were 3–5 at home.
- 14:25 PIT – Wallace 56-yard pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick) 7–0 PIT
- 7:00 PIT – Mendenhall 1-yard run (Suisham kick) 14–0 PIT
- 14:45 CLE – Dawson 19-yard field goal 14–3 PIT
- 7:55 PIT – Mendenhall 1-yard run (Suisham kick) 21–3 PIT
- 4:58 PIT – Miller 4-yard pass from Roethlisberger (Suisham kick) 28–3 PIT
- 1:34 PIT – Suisham 41-yard field goal 31–3 PIT
- 12:35 PIT – Suisham 24-yard field goal 41–3 PIT
- 6:43 CLE – Robiskie 20-yard pass from McCoy 41–9 PIT
2011 Pro BowlEdit
Despite the team's poor performance, T Joe Thomas and C Alex Mack were named to the AFC roster in the 2011 Pro Bowl. Thomas, who will be making his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl appearance, will be the team's starting left tackle. Mack was originally selected as the second alternate at center, but was placed on the team after an injury to Nick Mangold of the New York Jets and Maurkice Pouncey of the Pittsburgh Steelers not being able to play because of the Steelers playing in Super Bowl XLV the following week.
In addition to Thomas and Mack, six Browns' players were named as alternates. RB Peyton Hillis and G Eric Steinbach were named as second alternates; KR Josh Cribbs, ST Ray Ventrone, and FB Lawrence Vickers third alternates, and CB Joe Haden a fourth alternate at their respective positions.
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