Cleveland Browns fall to 0-12 with loss to New York Giants

CLEVELAND -- Quarterback Eli Manning completed 15 of his 27 passes for 194 yards and three touchdowns without an interception in leading the New York Giants to a 27-13 win over the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday.

Manning spread around the ball to seven different players, but speedy wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was his favorite target, catching six passes for 96 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.

With the win, the Giants improved to 8-3 on the season and remain in the playoff hunt in the NFC, while the Browns dropped their 15th straight game dating back to last December and fell to 0-12 on the 2016 regular season.

In a losing effort, Browns quarterback Josh McCown completed 25 of his 43 throws for 322 yards with one touchdown and two fumbles, one of which was returned for a score. McCown was sacked six times for 36 lost yards.

Six of McCown’s completions went to wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr., who turned six catches into a game-high 131 yards for the third 100-yard game of his career.

Wide receiver Dwayne Harris caught a 13-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Eli Manning and gave the Giants a 7-0 lead over the Browns with 7:03 to play in the first half.

On first-and-10 from the Browns’ 13-yard line, Manning took the shotgun snap and fired a fade pass to the left back corner of the end zone, where Harris ran behind the coverage of defensive back Briean Boddy-Calhoun and hauled in his first catch and score of the season.

Prior to the touchdown, Manning completed an 18-yard pass to wide receiver Roger Lewis Jr.

The Browns set up the Giants’ first scoring drive of the game with a turnover.

After McCown completed a 13-yard pass to rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman, the Browns went to the ground game and gave the ball to Isaiah Crowell. Following a modest three-yard gain, Crowell was stopped by defensive tackle Damon Harrison and lost the football.

Strong side linebacker Devon Kennard recovered the fumble at the Browns’ 31-yard line.

After the Browns cut into New York’s lead with a field goal, the Giants had an answer, and it came in the form of a touchdown pass from Manning to Beckham with 1:13 to play in the second quarter.

On the second play of the drive, Manning found veteran wide receiver Victor Cruz open down the right side of the field and connected with him for a 37-yard gain that moved the Giants from their own 31-yard line down to Cleveland’s 32.

Manning threw a short pass over the middle of the field to Beckham, and the speedy pass catcher raced to and then down the right sideline before striding across the goal line for his team-leading seventh touchdown of the season.

In the second half, New York’s defense got into the act, as lineman Jason Pierre-Paul recovered a fumble from Browns quarterback Josh McCown and returned the ball 43 yards for a touchdown, which gave the Giants a 20-6 lead with 10:58 to play in regulation.

On second-and-19 from midfield, McCown dropped back to pass to tight end Seth DeValve on the right side of the field but was hit by Giants defensive lineman Jonathan Hankins as he released the football and it floated toward Pierre-Paul. The veteran lineman collected the fumble and raced down the field untouched for the score.

Three plays earlier, McCown completed a 54-yard pass to wide receiver Terrelle Pryor Sr. that moved the Browns from their own five-yard line to New York’s 41. However, a four-yard loss on a pass to fullback Danny Vitale and a false start penalty backed up the Browns before McCown’s fumble.

After the Browns scored a touchdown on a 21-yard pass from McCown to Coleman, Manning delivered a four-yard touchdown pass to Beckham, a score that gave the Giants a 27-13 lead over the Browns with 5:10 to play in the fourth quarter.

Earlier in the six-play, 73-yard drive, Manning connected on a 41-yard pass to Beckham that moved the Giants from their own 13-yard line to the Browns’ 28.


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