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DALLAS — The Browns had the lead, gave up the lead, regained the lead and then lost in overtime 23-20 to the Dallas Cowboys.

After both teams were forced to punt in their first possession in overtime, Dwayne Harris returned Reggie Hodges’ punt to the Cleveland 48-yard line. 

Seven plays later, the Cowboys finished off the Browns when Dan Bailey booted a 38-yard field goal through the uprights sending the Cowboys to back-to-back victories for the first time in a year while the Browns dropped their 12th straight road game.

The Browns jumped out to the early lead when Brandon Weeden hit Benjamin Watson who made a spectacular catch between three defenders.  Cleveland extended its lead to 13-0 at half thanks to two Phil Dawson field goals.

The second half belonged to the Dallas Cowboys who scored 17 unanswered points.  Tony Romo found Dez Bryant for a 28-yard touchdown with 6:54 left in the fourth quarter to give the Cowboys a 17-13 lead, their first of the game.

Cleveland regained the lead at 20-17 with just over a minute to play when Benjamin Watson caught his second touchdown pass of the game from Brandon Weeden. 

The Cowboys took advantage of an injured Joe Haden who did not play on Sunday and went after Buster Skrine and Sheldon Brown most of the game. 

Brown was called for a pass interference penalty late in the fourth quarter which put the Cowboys in field goal range and allowed Dallas to send the game to overtime. 

Cleveland is now 2-8 on the season.  They return home to face Pittsburgh, who could be without the services of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, next Sunday.