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Browns down 14-13 after 3 quarters


CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Browns’ offense continued to struggle in the third quarter Sunday afternoon at Cleveland Browns Stadium, but a big return by Josh Cribbs and an interception by Joe Haden helped them cut into Cincinnati’s lead and trail, 14-13, after three.

And a late-quarter surge pushed the Browns to the brink of another score, with a second-and-goal play from the 1 set for the start of the fourth.

After Josh Gordon caught a 71-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Weeden on the first play of the second quarter, the Browns went seven straight drives without recording a first down, gaining a total of 21 yards.

The Browns did get back on the scoreboard, though, thanks to Josh Cribbs returning a Kevin Huber punt 60 yards to the Cincinnati 30. Three plays later, Phil Dawson beat the wind for a 41-yard field goal and a 14-10 deficit.

Haden then picked off Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton on the Bengals’ next drive and returned the ball 15 yards to Cincinnati’s 25, but again the Browns sputtered. Weeden took a sack on a play-action, third-and-one play to set up Dawson’s 38-yarder that cut the lead to 14-13.

After forcing another Bengals punt, the Browns drove 65 yards in nine plays to the Bengals’ 1. The drive included Brandon Weeden going 4-of-4 for 43 yards.

The Bengals’ offense struggled, too, in the third, with only one first down, a 12-yard pass from Dalton to Orson Charles.

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