4:09 p.m.-CLEVELAND BROWNS FALTER IN SECOND HALF IN LOSS TO DETROIT LIONS
The Cleveland Browns started strong, but the Detroit Lions finished better in their inter-conference matchup at Ford Field in Detroit Sunday afternoon.
Up by seven points after back-to-back touchdown drives in the third quarter, the Browns (0-9) gave up three touchdown drives over the final 20 minutes of play and could not recover on the way to a 38-24 loss to the Lions (5-4) in Detroit.
PHOTOS: Cleveland Browns opened second half of 2017 season at Detroit Lions
3:14 p.m.-LIONS EVEN THINGS BACK UP
The Detroit Lions drew even with the Cleveland Browns at 24-24 on quarterback Matthew Stafford’s eight-yard touchdown pass to running back Theo Riddick with 52 seconds to play in the third quarter from Ford Field in Detroit.
On the first play of the drive, Stafford found rookie wide receiver Kenny Golladay for a 14-yard gain on the right side of the field. Then, Stafford went back to Golladay down the right sideline for a 50-yard gain on the very next play.
Then, on the touchdown pass, Riddick leaked out of the backfield, snuck in front of the coverage from Cleveland’s defense and snared the Stafford throw before crossing into the end zone.
3:09 p.m.-BROWNS TAKE LEAD ON KIZER TD RUN
Rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer engineered a 10-play, 80-yard drive and finished it off with a one-yard touchdown run, which gave the Cleveland Browns a 24-17 lead over the Detroit Lions with 2:23 to play in the third quarter of play at Ford Field in Detroit.
Early in the drive, the Browns faced a third-and-eight from his own 22-yard line, Kizer scrambled around right end for a 20-yard gain. Then, running back Duke Johnson scampered up the middle for a 14-yard gain up to Detroit’s 44-yard line.
Late in the possession, Kizer found tight end Seth DeValve down the left side of the field for a 35-yard gain to set up the one-yard touchdown.
2:49 p.m.-BROWNS DRAW EVEN WITH LIONS ON CROWELL TD CATCH
After struggling to manage the clock and potentially leaving points on the scoreboard at the end of the second quarter, the Cleveland Browns started the second half with a touchdown rush from running back Isaiah Crowell with 11:01 to play in the third quarter from Ford Field in Detroit.
Facing a first-and-goal from the Detroit six-yard line, Crowell took a handoff around left end and ran through a tackle attempt at the goal line for the touchdown. Kicker Zane Gonzalez tacked on the extra point to knot the game at 17 all.
Crowell and running back Duke Johnson carried the load for much of the eight-play, 85-yard drive.
On the second play of the possession, Crowell rushed for a 21-yard gain on second-and-seven, and after a 12-yard pass from rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer to wide receiver Ricardo Louis for a 12-yard gain along the sideline, Johnson rushed for gains of six and 19 yards on back-to-back carries.
Then, Crowell rushed for a 14-yard gain to set up the touchdown run one play later.
2:16 p.m.-LIONS RETURN FUMBLE FOR TOUCHDOWN
The Detroit Lions forced a fumble after a completed pass and fourth-year cornerback Nevin Lawson returned the turnover 44 yards for a touchdown, which gave them a 17-10 lead over the Cleveland Browns with 3:55 to play in the first half at Ford Field in Detroit.
The Browns had a second-and-10 when rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer flared a pass to tight end Seth DeValve in the right flat for a nine-yard gain. However, as DeValve fought for extra yards, Lawson stripped him of the football, dove on the loose ball, stood back up and scampered down the sideline with an army of blockers in tow.
DeValve’s fumble was the Browns’ league-leading 22nd turnover of the season.
1:56 p.m.-AMEER ABDULLAH SCORES TYING TD FOR DETROIT LIONS
The Detroit Lions were backed up at their own 10-yard line after a punt from the Cleveland Browns, but they marched 90 yards in just eight plays for the game-tying touchdown, which came on an eight-yard carry from running back Ameer Abdullah with 10:25 to play in the first half from Ford Field in Detroit.
Along with Abdullah, the Lions featured a steady diet of running backs on the game-tying drive.
After Abdullah sprung a 19-yard burst on the first play of the drive, fellow rusher Theo Riddick ran for 10 yards, and then, caught a seven-yard throw from quarterback Matthew Stafford.
Facing a second-and-three from Detroit’s 46-yard line, Stafford dropped back after taking the snap from center and rifled a 35-yard pass over the middle of the field to wide receiver Golden Tate, which moved the ball down to Cleveland’s 19-yard line.
With a third-and-eight from Cleveland’s 17-yard line, Stafford ran for an eight-yard gain, and then, gave the ball to Abdullah for the touchdown.
1:23 p.m.-BROWNS EXTEND LEAD BY TD AFTER INT
The Cleveland Browns forced a turnover, and three plays later, converted it into a 10-0 lead over the Detroit Lions with 8:39 to play in the first quarter at Ford Field.
Middle linebacker Jamie Collins caught an interception from Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford on a pass intended for wide receiver Golden Tate. After corralling the interception, Collins was tackled at the Detroit 31-yard line, and suffered a right knee injury that forced him to the locker room.
On the first play of the ensuing drive, Browns running back Duke Johnson scampered for a nine-yard gain after catching a pass from rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer. Then, after Johnson converted a first-down run with a three-yard gain, Kizer slipped a pass to wide receiver Kenny Britt on the left side of the field.
After securing the catch, Britt stepped his way out of a tackle attempt, and then, sprinted toward the end zone.
1:09 p.m.-BROWNS TAKE LEAD ON EARLY FIELD GOAL
The Cleveland Browns came out firing on their first drive of the second half of the 2017 season, and that early success led to a field goal and 3-0 lead over the Detroit Lions with 11:30 to play in the first quarter at Ford Field in Detroit.
On the first play from scrimmage, rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer completed a 38-yard pass down the left sideline. Despite coverage, wide receiver Sammie Coates was able to hang onto the football with one hand while being pushed out of bounds.
Kizer’s pass moved the Browns from Detroit’s 47-yard line to the nine. However, the Browns gained just four yards after the big pass and settled for a 23-yard field goal from rookie kicker Zane Gonzalez.
12:45 p.m.-GAME INFORMATION
The Cleveland Browns start the second half of the 2017 season against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.
From dropped passes and the lack of a running game to double-digit penalty games and the bumps and bruises that come with having the youngest team in the National Football League, the Browns struggled to find consistency in the first half of the 2017 season.
As such, the Browns (0-8) are one of just two winless teams in the NFL and find themselves in fourth place in the AFC North Division. But heading into the second half of the 2017 season, which starts with today’s game against the Lions at Ford Field, Coach Hue Jackson aims for consistency.
“Fight. Fight. Play consistent football,” Jackson said. “On offense, take care of the football better. On defense, do a better job in the scoring zone.
“Let’s get after the quarterback a little bit more. I think Myles (Garrett) is back playing. Let’s showcase his talent and ability. Let’s have DeShone (Kizer) play consistently over four quarters. Let’s have our skill players play some dominating football.”
The Lions come into Sunday’s game against the Browns at 4-4 and tied for second place in the NFC North Division. Despite coming off of a lopsided win over the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field Monday night, the Lions are just 1-3 at Ford Field this season.
“They are chasing something, and we get that, but we are, too,” Jackson said. “We have an opportunity to go on the road and play a game. Another opportunity for us. Our players walked in this building with the right frame of mind the last several days getting ready to compete and play and see if we can put some of our challenges behind us and go win a football game.
“We know it will be tough playing on the road, playing against a team that I think is playing good right now. We have to go play our best football game, but I think we are very excited about the opportunity.”
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