Browns Fall to Bears, 38-31
CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns were hoping to end on a high note Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium. Cleveland faced Chicago in their last home game of the season, but the Bears had a different plan in mind.
The Bears took their opening possession right down the field, but Jay Cutler’s pass was tipped and picked off by Tashaun Gipson. The Browns took over and Jason Campbell led the Browns to a field goal and a 3-0 lead heading to the second quarter.
The Browns and Bears were tied at 10-10 at the half after an interesting second quarter. The Bears tied the game at 3-3 early in the second after the Browns’ defense surrendered a Robbie Gould FG.
Cleveland regained the lead on a Jay Cutler interception, his second of the game. Gipson picked it off and returned it for a TD to give the Browns a 10-3 lead. It was Gipson’s first multi-interception game of his career and first NFL touchdown.
Chicago tied the game late in the quarter when Cutler drove the team down the field and hit Brandon Marshall for the game-tying TD.
The defensive game continued between the Browns and Bears in the third quarter. Chicago took a 17-10 lead after Jason Campbell’s INT was returned for a touchdown.
The Browns countered the Bears score with an offensive score; MarQueis Gray ran several wildcat package plays, which put the ball inside the Bears 5-yard line. Edwin Baker then scored his first career touchdown to tie the game at 17-17.
The Browns defense came up big again; TJ Ward picked up a loose ball following a Bears catch and run and returned it for a TD to give Cleveland a 24-17 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Bears awakened in the fourth quarter, scoring three touchdowns, including a 45-yard-pass to Alshon Jeffery, a 4-yard pass to Earl Bennett and a 40-yard run by Michael Bush with 2:17 remaining in the game to put the Bears up 38-24. The Browns responded with a 43-yard pass from Jason Campbell to Josh Gordon for the TD with :59 left in the game, but it wasn’t enough for Cleveland to regain the lead.
The Browns have lost five straight games. They travel to take on the Jets next week.