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4 in a row! Cleveland Browns beat Indianapolis Colts 32-23 to earn first 4-1 start since 1994

The Cleveland defense came up with two big interceptions of Philip Rivers in the second half.

CLEVELAND — The Browns are in a place they haven't been in more than two decades.

Cleveland earned its fourth win in a row on Sunday by beating the Indianapolis Colts 32-23. It's the team's first 4-1 start since 1994, which was also the last year they won a playoff game.

Despite throwing two late interceptions, Baker Mayfield had two touchdowns in the first half to help pace the offense. The Browns defense also picked off Colts quarterback Philip Rivers twice, including a 47-yard return for a score by Ronnie Harrison Jr.

What follows is a comprehensive drive-by-drive recap of today's action, with the most recent plays and updates closest to the top. 3News will have updates and analysis all day both on air and on WKYC.com:


0:21: Cody Parkey's 47-yard field goal attempt hits the left upright, but still manages to make it through. The Browns lead it 32-23 and will begin to celebrate.

2:52: The Colts burn a lot of clock after the Baker Mayfield interception, but still manage to get a 25-yard field goal from Rodrigo Blankenship. The Browns are clinging to a 29-23 lead.

7:05: Baker Mayfield is hit as he throws and ends up with his second interception of the game, this time by Anthony Walker. The Colts take over on their own 30-yard line.

11:24: The Browns defense comes up big, as Sheldrick Redwine comes away with Philip Rivers' second interception of the day. Cleveland gets the ball on the Colts 45.

13:30: Jarvis Landry uncharacteristically drops another pass, and the Browns are forced to punt again. The Colts will start at their own 13 after a short return by Nyheim Hines.

14:39: The Browns get a huge break as Philip Rivers commits an intentional grounding penalty in the end zone, resulting in a safety. Cleveland leads 29-20 and will get the ball on its own 40 after the free kick.

14:51: A Jarvis Landry drop hurts the Browns, and Jamie Gillan is forced to punt for the first time today. However, the kick pins the Colts back at their own 4-yard line.


3:58: Rodrigo Blankenship makes a 37-yard field goal, and the Colts have now cut the Browns' lead to 27-20.

9:22: Baker Mayfield makes his worst throw of the day and is intercepted by Bobby Okereke. It will be Colts ball at the Browns 48-yard line.

12:00: Without batting an eye, the Colts fight back with a 101-yard kickoff return touchdown from Isaiah Rodgers. The Browns still lead 27-17.

More bad news for Cleveland: Wyatt Teller will not return due to a calf injury.

12:15: Ronnie Harrison Jr. comes up with the biggest defensive play of the year for the Browns so far, picking off a Philip Rivers pass and taking it 47 yards for the touchdown. Cleveland has opened up 27-10 lead.


0:13: Cody Parkey makes a 36-yard field goal to give the Browns a 20-10 lead. The score was partly set up by a trick play, with Odell Beckham Jr. throwing to Austin Hooper for an 18-yard gain.

4:24: The Colts go three and out (the first of the day for either team) and are forced to put. Donovan Peoples-Jones returns it to the Browns 18, where they will start.

5:58: The next Browns series features another spectacular catch, this time by Odell Beckham Jr. The play was upheld upon further review, and Indianapolis has wasted both of their challenges.

Shortly thereafter, Baker Mayfield hits Rashard Higgins for a 15-yard touchdown, and the Browns take a 17-10 lead.

10:15: Rodrigo Blankenship converts a 32-yard field goal, and the Colts have tied it up at 10. The score was set up by a great catch from Ashton Dulin, who beat Browns safety Andrew Sendejo.

14:06: A 14-play, 81-yard drive bleeds into the second quarter, and ends with Baker Mayfield finding Kareem Hunt in the back of the end zone. The Browns take a 10-7 lead.

The series was kept alive by Jarvis Landry, who made an incredible catch against the helmet of the Colts' Bobby Okereke.

Right guard Wyatt Teller left the game with a calf injury, but is probable to return.


6:00: Frank Reich decides to go for it on 4th and 2 from the Browns' 4, and rookie Jonathan Taylor walks in easily for the touchdown. The Colts take a 7-3 lead.

10:24: A promising drive stalls near the Indianapolis goal line, but Cody Parkey nails a 24-yard field goal to give the Browns an early 3-0 lead. Jarvis Landry was shaken up after catching a 32-yard pass from Baker Mayfield, but is back in the game.


12,000 fans will be allowed inside FirstEnergy stadium today, still well below the maximum capacity of more than 68,000 but double the 6,000 allowed for the first two home games. According to 3News' Ben Axelrod, the atmosphere already looks much different.

Odell Beckham Jr. appears to be in a good mood, as he was seen dancing "The Giddy" before kickoff.

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