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Browns-Chiefs Postgame Notes

Posted Dec 9, 2012

Here are the postgame notes from Sunday's Browns win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Today’s 30-7 win was the Browns’ largest margin of victory since a 44-6 decision against Arizona on November 16, 2003.

Following a touchdown on Kanas City’s first play of the game, the Browns scored 30 unanswered points for the win. Today marks the first time the Browns scored 30 consecutive points in one game since 1991 when the team topped Indianapolis 31-0 on December 1.

The Browns have won three games in a row for the first time since 2009 when the team won the final four games of the season. The last time the Browns won back-to-back home games was also during that stretch in 2009.

For the first time since Week 15 in 2007, the Browns won and the other three AFC North teams (Cincinnati, Baltimore and Pittsburgh) each lost in the same week.

Cleveland improved to 3-0 against the AFC West this season.

The Browns improved to 4-3 at home this season with a 4-1 mark in the last five games.

Rookie running back Trent Richardson totaled 42 rushing yards with two touchdowns. He tied Jim Brown for the most rushing touchdowns by a Browns rookie with nine. He also tied Jim Brown and Eric Metcalf for the most total touchdowns (10) by a Browns rookie.

BROWNS SINGLE-SEASON ROOKIE RUSHING TOUCHDOWN LEADERS

1. Trent Richardson (2012) 9

Jim Brown (1957) 9

3. Travis Prentice (2000) 7

Ron Johnson (1969) 7

BROWNS SINGLE-SEASON ROOKIE TOUCHDOWN LEADERS

1. Trent Richardson (2012) 10

Eric Metcalf (1989) 10

Jim Brown (1957) 10

Rookie Travis Benjamin returned a punt 93-yard for a touchdown, which marked the longest punt return in Browns history. The previous team record was 92 yards by Eric Metcalf at Cincinnati on September 4, 1994. It is the fifth time a Browns rookie has returned a punt for a touchdown and the first since Ben Davis returned had a 52 yard return for a score on November 5, 1967. Benjamin’s return was the first time a player other than Joshua Cribbs returned a punt for a touchdown for the Browns since 2005, when Dennis Northcutt returned one 62 yards for a score against Baltimore on January 1, 2006.

LONGEST PUNT RETURNS IN BROWNS HISTORY

1. Travis Benjamin (K.C. on 12/9/12) 93t

2. Eric Metcalf (at Cin. on 9/4/94) 92t

3. Dennis Northcutt (Bal. on 11/3/02) 87t

MOST PUNT RETURNS FOR TOUCHDOWN BY A BROWNS ROOKIE IN A SINGLE-GAME

1. Travis Benjamin (K.C. on 12/9/12) 93t

Ben Davis (at Pit. on 11/5/67) 52t

Leroy Kelly (NYG on 10/25/64) 68t

Bobby Mitchell (Phi. on 11/23/58) 68t

Don Phelps (at Was. on 12/10/50) 54t

Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden completed 17 of 30 passes for 217 yards with no interceptions. With today’s victory, he became the winningest rookie quarterback in team history. On the season he has thrown for 3,037 yards, which is a Browns rookie record. Weeden joins join Derek Anderson (3,787 in 2007) and Tim Couch (3,040 in 2001) as the only Browns quarterbacks to throw for 3,000 yards in a season since the team returned in 1999.

MOST WINS AS A STARTER BY A BROWNS ROOKIE QUARTERBACK

1. Brandon Weeden (2012) 5

2. Bernie Kosar (1985) 4

3. Colt McCoy (2010) 2

Charlie Frye (2005) 2

Tim Couch (1999) 2

Milt Plum (1953) 2

Kicker Phil Dawson connected on field goals from 23, 24, and 34 yards today. His 23-yard first quarter field goal was the 300th of his career. Among all players in NFL history who have made 300 or more field goals, Dawson ranks first with a 84.1 field goal percentage. With 12 points today he pushed his seasonal total to 103, marking his first 100-point season since 2008. Dawson extended his team-record to six 100-point seasons in his career.

NFL CAREER FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE LEADERS (Min. 300 made)

1. Phil Dawson (1999-2012) 302 of 359 (84.1)

2. Matt Stover (1991-2009) 471 of 563 (83.7)

3. Ryan Longwell (1997-2011) 361 of 434 (83.2)

Rookie wide receiver Josh Gordon recorded a career-high eight receptions, totaling 86 yards. He leads the team with 732 receiving yards on the season, which is the fourth-highest figure by a Browns rookie.

BROWNS SINGLE-SEASON ROOKIE RECEIVING YARDAGE LEADERS

1. Kevin Johnson (1999) 986

2. Paul Warfield (1964) 920

3. Derrick Alexander (1994) 828

4. Josh Gordon (2012) 732

5. Greg Little (2011) 709

Wide receiver Greg Little totaled four receptions for 69 yards. He also added a career-long run of 15 yards.

Running back Montario Hardesty rushed for a team-high 52 yards, including a career-long 25 yard run in the third quarter.

Rookie defensive back Tashaun Gipson recorded his first career interception, which helped set-up a Browns field goal.

Cleveland’s defense registered five sacks today. With 33 sacks this year, the Browns have surpassed last year’s seasonal total of 32. Defensive lineman Juqua Parker recorded his team-leading fifth sack of the season, while fellow defensive linemen Frostee Rucker and Jabaal Sheard each notched their fourth.

Defensive back Sheldon Brown appeared in his 172nd consecutive regular season game, a figure which currently ranks fifth among all defensive players.

Cleveland held Kansas City to 1 of 11 third down attempts. It is the second time this season the Browns held their opponent to just one third down conversion, as they limited Pittsburgh to 1 of 9 on November 25. Over the last three weeks Cleveland has held their opponent’s to 12 of 36 (33.3%) on third downs.

Left tackle Joe Thomas has started and played in each of the first 93 games of his career, while center Alex Mack has started and played in each of the first 61 games of his career. Neither one of the two have missed an offensive snap during their career.

Joshua Cribbs had two rushing attempts for 15 yards and three punt returns for 51 yards, including a 38 yard return, which helped set-up a field goal.

The Browns’ coverage units held the Chiefs to a 1.7-yard average on three punt returns, and a 17.0-yard average on three kickoff returns. Rookies James-Michael Johnson and Johnson Bademosi each has two special teams tackles.

Today marked the third time this year the Browns did not commit a turnover. They came up with one interception and have a plus-8 takeaway/giveaway ratio on the season.