Browns Fall to Chiefs, 23-17
KANSAS CITY — The Cleveland Browns closed in on Kansas City in the second half Sunday afternoon, but weren’t able to top the undefeated Chiefs.
The Chiefs defeated the Browns, 23-17, who fall to 3-5 on the season.
Kansas City was ahead of Cleveland 20-10 at halftime, but the score didn’t reflect the first half. The Chiefs dominated the Browns, who didn’t get a first down until late in the second quarter.
Kansas City quarterback Alex Smith threw for 175 yards and two touchdowns. Kicker Ryan Succop kicked a pair of field goals to give the Chiefs the halftime lead.
Ironically, a missed Succop field goal in the second quarter led Cleveland to a first down; that same drive resulted in a Browns TD when Cleveland ran a flea flicker and Jason Campbell hit Josh Gordon for a 39-yard TD to cut Kansas City’s lead to 13-7.
All 8 of Gordon’s TDs this season have been 20+ yards. In the first half, Campbell was 9-14 for 131 yards and one touchdown.
In the third quarter, Fozzy Whittaker landed in the end zone. The TD helped Cleveland close the gap with the Chiefs only leading 20-17.
But that would be the end of scoring for the Browns.
Kansas City put up a field goal with just 17 seconds to play to secure their 23-17 win over the Browns.
The Browns will host the Baltimore Ravens next week. Kickoff is at 4:25 p.m.