The Cleveland Browns earned a 33-13 win over the Chicago Bears in the preseason finale for both teams Thursday night.

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CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns scored early…and often during their 33-13 victory over the Chicago Bears in the preseason finale at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland on Thursday night.

Every one of the Browns' lineups scored points in the victory, the team's only win this preseason.

"It was good to see the guys get out, play and make some plays -- some real good teaching moments still on tape for us," Browns coach Mike Pettine said. "It was good experience. It was a risk-reward situation on the fact that we came out of it healthy, as I was told, it's a real positive for us."

Down by three after Bears kicker Robbie Gould capped off a seven-play game-opening drive, which was aided heavily by a 37-yard pass interference penalty on cornerback Leon McFadden, the Browns' first-team offense quickly went to work.

Led by starting quarterback Brian Hoyer, the first-team offense marched 85 yards in 13 plays, and running back Ben Tate punctuated the scoring drive with a one-yard touchdown, and subsequent leap into the Dawg Pound to celebrate his first score of the preseason.

"It felt good," Tate said of scoring the touchdown. "It's a preseason game, so it really doesn't count. At the same time, it felt good for the offense to finally get in a rhythm.

"Honestly, it felt good to jump in the Dawg Pound, but I can't really wait to see what it's like during the season because I know there aren't a lot of guys here right now. I really can't wait until the season to jump into the Dawg Pound. That's what I'm excited about."

On his only drive of the night, Hoyer completed six of his eight pass attempts for 69 yards, including a 21-yard toss to undrafted rookie free-agent wide receiver Taylor Gabriel that turned a first-and-10 at Chicago's 33-yard line into a first-and-10 at the 12.

Earlier in the drive, Hoyer completed a 17-yard pass to Gabriel.

"He was sharp, made some good throws, made the right reads," Pettine said of Hoyer. "It was good to see our guys make some plays down the field."

The Bears built a 13-7 lead over the Browns after wide receiver Santonio Holmes hauled in a 32-yard touchdown from quarterback David Fales and Gould's 23-yard field goal at the 7:20 mark of the second quarter, but Cleveland's offense registered the final six scores of the game.

The Browns took a 14-13 lead when rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel tossed a one-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jim Dray with 4:54 to play in the second quarter. Manziel engineered the five-play, 80-yard drive, and had 94 yards of total offense in the first half, 64 through the air and another 30 on the ground.

Cleveland held a 17-13 lead at the half after kicker Billy Cundiff booted a 22-yard field goal with nine seconds to play in the second quarter.

Cundiff added field goals of 37, 47 and 29 yards, respectively, which gave the Browns a 26-13 lead after the third quarter of play, and undrafted rookie running back Isaiah Crowell closed the book on the scoring with a 48-yard touchdown run in the fourth

"He certainly flashed his big-play ability," Pettine said of Crowell. "He's a bigger back. He ran a couple guys over. At the same time, (he) ran away from some guys. That was stuff that he's shown in practice, and it was good to have it show up in a game."

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