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Browns 6, Seahawks 3

Posted Oct 23, 2011

The Browns earned a 6-3 victory over the Seattle Seahawks Sunday afternoon at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

CLEVELAND -- Despite having two field goals blocked in the game, the Browns earned a 6-3 win over the Seattle Seahawks at Cleveland Browns Stadium Sunday afternoon.

The Browns improved to 3-3 overall, while the Seahawks dropped to 2-4 following the game.

The Seahawks remained within three points of the Browns at 6-3 when defensive end Red Bryant blocked Phil Dawson’s 24-yard field goal attempt with 3:05 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Bryant also blocked Dawson’s 48-yard attempt in the second quarter.

Dawson put the Browns back in front of the Seattle Seahawks with a 53-yard field goal at the 11:18 mark of the fourth quarter. Dawson’s second field goal of more than 50 yards on the day capped an 11-play, 48-yard drive that took 6:15 off the clock.

It was the first time Dawson kicked two 50-plus yard field goals in the same game and tied a career high with three in a single season.

The Browns and Seahawks were tied at 3-3 heading into the final 15 minutes after Seattle kicker Steven Hauschka’s 20-yard field goal with 2:33 remaining in the third quarter of play.

Hauschka’s kick capped off a nine-play, 60-yard drive that took 2:39 off the clock and featured a defensive penalty when tackle Ahtyba Rubin drew a flag for contacting Seattle running back Leon Washington’s facemask on second-and-goal from Cleveland’s nine-yard line.

Earlier in the third quarter, it looked as though the Seahawks would take a 7-3 lead over the Browns, but a penalty negated Leon Washington’s 81-yard punt return for a touchdown. On Seattle’s first play following the penalty, Browns defensive back Sheldon Brown out-battled wide receiver Sidney Rice for the ball and collected an interception.

In the second quarter, Dawson broke a scoreless tie with the Seattle Seahawks when he kicked a 52-yard field goal through the uprights beyond the East end zone at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

The Browns held a 3-0 lead over the Seahawks after two quarters of play.

The seven-play, 18-yard drive took 3:57 off the second quarter clock and was extended when the Seahawks were whistled for an encroachment penalty on a fourth down punt by Brad Maynard.

Browns safety T.J. Ward set up the scoring drive when he forced a fumble that linebacker D’Qwell Jackson recovered near midfield at the 11:23 mark of the second quarter. Ward registered a sack of Seattle quarterback Charlie Whitehurst on third-and-seven from Cleveland’s 40-yard line and jarred the ball loose before Whitehurst’s arm went forward.

A replay challenge upheld the ruling on the field and Seattle was charged with its first timeout and the Browns took over possession of the ball at their own 47-yard line.

Earlier in the second quarter, the Seahawks blocked Dawson’s 48-yard field goal attempt with just over 13 minutes remaining in the second quarter. Dawson’s kick was blocked after a rush up the middle of the Browns’ line.

The last time the Browns surrendered a blocked field goal in the regular season was on Dec. 30, 2007, when San Francisco’s Nate Clements impeded Dawson’s attempt. Dawson had one field goal blocked by the Philadelphia Eagles in the third preseason game this year.

Despite playing to a scoreless tie through the first quarter, the Browns have outgained the Seahawks 50-34 in total yardage and 36 to 27 on the ground. Montario Hardesty, who started in place of the injured Peyton Hillis, gained 31 yards on seven carries, with a long run of eight yards.

Cleveland had a 48-second advantage in time of possession.

Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch suffered a back injury on the Seahawks' first drive and will not return to today's game. Lynch leads the Seahawks with 239 yards and two touchdowns on 58 carries and has caught 11 passes for 83 yards.

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