*Above video shows the long list of Browns quarterbacks who played in a game for the Browns since the franchise returned to the league in 1999*
CLEVELAND (WJW) — Breezy conditions greeted players for the start of the Cleveland Browns game against the San Francisco 49ers at Cleveland Browns Stadium, and it was a sloppy and physical game from the get-go.
Fox 8’s P.J. Ziegler reported the teams had less than a friendly greeting right before the game started.
49ers easily marched down the field on the Browns going 84 yards in just five plays to take an early 7-0 lead after a TD run by Christian McCaffery
P.J. Walker threw an interception on his first drive ever for the Browns. But Cleveland’s defense shut down the 49ers on San Fran’s next drive as it started to rain in the first quarter.
Browns kicker Dustin Hopkins missed a 47-yard field goal. 49ers led 7-0 after the first quarter.
San Fran added to their lead with a 25-yard field goal and are up on the Browns 10-0 in the 2nd quarter.
Walker hit Amari Cooper for a 58-yard pass and the Browns are in San Fran territory with seven minutes left in the 2nd quarter. Kareem Hunt scores on a 16-yard TD run as the Browns pull closer trailing the 49ers 10-7.
San Fran’s star wide receiver Deebo Samuel did not returned to the game after leaving the field with an apparent shoulder injury in the 1st quarter.
The 49ers lead Browns 10-7 at the half which featured hard-hitting and stubborn defenses by both teams.
Rolling into the third quarter, the Cleveland Browns were able to tie the game with a nice 42-yard field goal from Hopkins. And we’ve got a whole new ballgame. More good news came for the Browns in the third quarter with Martin Emerson Jr. picking off Brock Purdy moving the ball into 49ers territory.
While that pick didn’t lead to much for the Browns, the team was able to take the lead for the first time in the game a little bit later, with Hopkins making another 40-plus-yard kick right through the uprights, moving the score to 13-10.
The 49ers are now without RB Christian McCaffrey with an oblique injury, along with Deebo Samuel already out.
And into the fourth quarter, with an interception by the 49ers, the team was able to capitalize on it with one play from the 10-yard line. With a good kick, the West Coast team leapt back in front 17-13.
Hopkins steps up again when the Browns offense couldn’t get down the field the way they wanted. His 50-yard field goal moved the score to 17-16.
The wild game continued with multiple big penalties for the 49ers, but the Browns weren’t able to score a touchdown. Thankfully, Hopkins came through once again, moving the score to 19-17.
With the 49ers unable to make a good kick (or touchdown) in the end zone, the Cleveland Browns make the big upset Sunday.
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Here’s the list of Browns injured or not activated for Sunday’s game.
- #4 QB Deshaun Watson
- #19 WR Cedric Tillman
- #25 CB Kahlef Hailassie
- #33 S Ronnie Hickman
- #57 DE Isaiah McGuire
- #62 DT Siaki Ika
- #75 G Joel Bitonio
With Deshaun Watson missing his second straight game with a bruised right shoulder, P.J. Walker will make his Cleveland debut. Walker made seven starts over three seasons with Carolina and was moved ahead of rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson earlier this week. Thompson-Robinson threw three interceptions while filling in for Watson two weeks ago.
49ers QB Brock Purdy threw a career-high four TD passes last week to improve to 10-0 as a starter in the regular season.
San Fran defensive end Nick Bosa has had back-to-back stellar seasons but so far this season Bosa only has 1 1/2 sacks through five games.
In their overall series, the Browns are 7-2 at home against San Fran and won three straight in Cleveland