CLEVELAND – As a Christmas present, it’s been dearly waited for here in Cleveland:
The Cleveland Browns won their first game of the 2016 NFL season on Christmas Eve, beating the San Diego Chargers by a score of 20-17.
There were some injuries for the Browns in the game. It was announced that quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a concussion. He left in the second half and did not return to the game.
QB Robert Griffin III has a concussion.#SDvsCLE
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 24, 2016
Browns cornerback Joe Haden was taken to the locker room with a neck injury in the third quarter.
Haden appeared to get hurt while making a tackle on a running play against the San Diego Chargers. The two-time Pro Bowler is already playing with two groin injuries, which will require surgery once the season ends.
If they had lost, the Browns would have become only the second NFL team with an 0-15 record. Detroit went 0-16 in 2008.
— Cleveland Police (@CLEpolice) December 24, 2016
San Diego’s Josh Lambo missed a 45-yard field goal as time expired, giving the Browns (1-14) their first win in 377 days.
When the kick sailed right, Cleveland’s small crowd erupted in celebration and Browns players poured off their sideline as if they had just won the Super Bowl.
Cleveland built 10-point lead in the third quarter and hung on — defensive tackle Jamie Meder blocked a potential tying field goal with 3:49 left — to give coach Hue Jackson his first win with the Browns.
The win also snapped Cleveland’s 17-game losing streak dating to last season.
The Chargers (5-10) lost their fourth straight and one that could sting for a while.