Botched Snap Lifts Rams to 13-12 Win Over Browns
The Cleveland Browns keep finding new ways to lose.
They trailed the St. Louis Rams, 13-12, with just over 2:00 remaining in the fourth quarter, when Phil Dawson lined up to attempt his fifth field goal of the game.
But a botched snap disrupted Dawson’s rhythm, and his 22-yard attempt sailed wide left, allowing the Rams to run out the clock, and leave Cleveland with a hard-fought win.
Dawson booted four field goals through strong wind gusts, but when he lined up to kick what could have been the game-winner, Ryan Pontbriand’s snap appeared to hit the leg of lineman Alex Mack, and bounced back to holder Brad Maynard.
A personal foul penalty on St. Louis gave the Browns a first down inside the Rams’ 20-yard line with just over three minutes to play.
But on second and goal, tight end Alex Smith lined up at tailback, and fumbled the hand off from Colt McCoy.
The Browns managed to recover, but on third down, the Browns chose not to attempt a pass, and Chris Ogbonnaya, who ran for a career-high 90 yards on 19 carries, was stopped at the 4 yard line.
Stephen Jackson paced St. Louis with 128 yards rushing.
The Rams’ newest acquisition, Brandon Lloyd caught four passes, including the game’s only touchdown, on the first play of the second quarter.
Linebacker Scott Fujita and lineman Phil Taylor were bright spots for the Browns defense.
Fujita finished with 5 tackles, an interception and a forced fumble.
Taylor also had 5 tackles, including one for a loss, and his fourth sack of the season.
The loss drops the Browns record to 3-6.
They host the Jacksonville Jaguars next Sunday, Nov., 20.