The Browns recorded a season-high seven sacks, which is their most since they totaled eight against Pittsburgh on December 10, 2009. Defensive linemen accounted for five of the sacks as Juqua Parker, Jabaal Sheard and Frostee Rucker each notched their third sack of the season, which is tied for the team-lead this year along with linebacker D’Qwell Jackson. Ahtyba Rubin and rookie John Hughes each registered their second sack of the season.
Tight end Benjamin Watson recorded four receptions for 47 yards and tied a career-high with two touchdowns. It is the fourth time in his career that he has recorded two receiving touchdowns in the same game and first since September 14, 2009 against Buffalo as a member of the New England Patriots. He has three touchdowns on the season and 28 in his career. Watson is the first Browns tight end to record two receiving touchdowns in a single-game since Kellen Winslow on November 6, 2008 against Denver.
Linebacker Craig Robertson registered his first career sack and first fumble recovery. He also added five tackles.
Rookie running back Trent Richardson rushed for 95 yards on a career-high 28 carries. He tied a career-high with six receptions for 49 receiving yards, including a career-long catch of 27 yards. His 144 combined yards are the second-highest of his career trailing only the 145 he totaled at Cincinnati on September 16, 2012.
Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden completed 20 of 35 passes with two touchdowns, no interceptions and a 93.8 rating. He has recorded a quarterbacking rating of 90.0 or better in four of his 10 career starts.
Cleveland’s defense held Dallas to 63 rushing yards, which marked their lowest total since allowing 58 at New Orleans on October 24, 2010.
Today marked Cleveland’s first overtime game since December 18, 2011 at Arizona. The Browns are now 16-17-1 in overtime all-time during the regular season.
Kicker Phil Dawson converted on field goals from 51 and 37 yards to extend his consecutive field goal made streak to 25. He is 19 of 19 on field goals this season, including five from 50 yards or longer, which is tied for the most in the league this season. His streak of 25 consecutive field goals is the longest current streak in the NFL and is the second-longest streak of his career, trailing only his streak of 27 in-a-row] from 2003-042003-04. Dawson has converted on at least 20 straight field goals four times during his career.
LONGEST CURRENT STREAK OF CONSECUTIVE FIELD GOALS MADE
1. Phil Dawson (Cle.) 25
2. Alex Henery (Phi.) 16
3. Blair Walsh (Min.) 14
DAWSON’S CAREER STREAKS OF 20 CONSECUTIVE FIELD GOALS MADE
1. 2003-04 27
2. 2011-12 25
3. 2001-02 22
4. 2005 20
DAWSON’S 50 YARD FIELD GOALS THIS SEASON
at Cincinnati 9/6 50
at Baltimore 9/27 51
at Baltimore 9/27 50
at Baltimore 9/27 52
at Dallas 11/18 51
2012 50 YARD FIELD GOAL LEADERS
1. Phil Dawson (Cle.) 5 for 5
Greg Zuerlein (St.L.) 5 for 8
Blair Walsh (Min.) 5 for 5
4. Justin Tucker (Bal.) 4 for 4
*Totals updated through today’s games except Tucker who plays Sunday night,
Left tackle Joe Thomas has started and played in each of the first 90 games of his career, while center Alex Mack has started and played in each of the first 58 games of his career. Neither one of the two have missed an offensive snap during their career.
Defensive back Sheldon Brown has played in 170 consecutive regular season games, a figure which currently ranks fifth among all defensive players.