It was a football game, but judging by the final score, it looked more like a basketball game.
Whatever the case, it was a wild and memorable afternoon on Sept. 16, 2007 at what was then known as Cleveland Browns Stadium when the Browns defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, 51-45
The Browns’ point total is tied for the third-highest in franchise history, and was the most in 18 years, when they beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 51-0, in 1989.
The combined total of 96 points is the second-highest in Browns history, behind only -- interestingly enough -- the 106 points Cleveland and Cincinnati scored in a 2004 game at Paul Brown Stadium.
The Browns’ 554 net yards are their third-most ever, and were the most in 21 years.
Browns quarterback Derek Anderson, starting his first game of the season and just the fourth of his pro career, was outstanding, completing 20 of 33 passes for 328 yards and five touchdowns with just one interception for a passer rating of 121.0.
Wide receiver Braylon Edwards caught two of those touchdown passes en route to having eight receptions for 146 yards overall, both team highs. Wide receiver Joe Jurevicius also grabbed two scoring passes. Tight end Kellen Winslows had six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown.
Jamal Lewis, in his first year with the Browns, carried 27 times for 216 yards, one of the highest totals in team history. He averaged eight yards per attempt and had a touchdown.
The game did not begin as if it would be high-scoring. The Bengals (1-1) led, 7-6, after one quarter, the Browns’ points coming on two 39-yard Phil Dawson fields.
Things really got going in the second quarter, though, as the Browns (1-1) outscored the Bengals 21-14 to take a 27-21 halftime lead.
Anderson threw three touchdown passes -- two to Jurevicius covering 17 and nine yards, and a 25-yarder to Winslow.
The third quarter had plenty of points, too -- 17 by the Bengals and 14 by the Browns -- as Cleveland was still ahead, 41-38.
Anderson hit Edwards with a 34-yard touchdown pass, and Lewis ran 66 yards for a score.
The Browns opened the fourth quarter by scoring 10 unanswered points to grab the biggest lead by either team all day, 13 points, 51-38.
Edwards caught a 27-yard scoring pass from Anderson with just under 10 minutes left, and then Dawson hit an 18-yard field goal 4:15 later.
The Bengals wouldn’t quit, though, scoring a touchdown on Carson Palmer’s seven-yard pass to Glenn Holt to cut the deficit to 51-45 with 3:39 remaining. Then they got the ball back and moved to a first down at the 50 with 33 seconds left.
But as it turned out, it was, ironically, a defensive play that sealed the victory as cornerback Leigh Bodden intercepted Palmer’s pass for wide receiver Chad Ochocinco at the Cleveland 27 with 20 seconds remaining.