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Browns-Dolphins Look Back

Posted Sep 7, 2013

In this feature, ClevelandBrowns.com looks back to the Oct. 14, 2007 meeting between the Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins.

Browns quarterback Derek Anderson and wide receiver Braylon Edwards would etch their names in the team’s records books in 2007 and were also headed to the Pro Bowl for the first time.

Likewise, the Browns were en route to scoring 402 points that season, the third-highest total in team history.

And what happened on Oct. 14 that year against the Miami Dolphins at Cleveland was a great example of why all that was so.

Anderson threw three touchdown passes – all to Edwards -- and the Browns registered what would turn out to be their second-highest point total of the season in a 41-31 victory.

The Browns won for the second time in three games and evened their record at 3-3 heading into their bye week, much to the delight of their biggest home crowd of the season, 73,198.

The Dolphins, who had already suffered three three-point defeats in their first five games, fell to 0-6.

Anderson, who would finish the year with 29 touchdown passes, tying him with Frank Ryan (1966) for second place in team history, completed 18 of 25 passes for 245 yards and no interceptions for a career-high 142.5 quarterback rating.

He also rushed for a touchdown, one of three he had in 2007.

Edwards’ three touchdown catches tied a Browns record with nine other players. He went on to have 16 touchdown catches on the season to break the club mark of 13 set by Gary Collins in 1963.

Overall on the day, Edwards tied for the team lead with five receptions, good for 67 yards.

Tight end Kellen Winslow also had five catches for 90 yards.

The Browns’ ability to be so productive and efficient throwing the ball helped them to overcome the fact they were playing without injured running back Jamal Lewis, who rushed for 1,307 yards that year. Jason Wright and Jerome Harrison filled in for him and combined to rush for 118 yards, Wright getting 59 of that and a touchdown and Harrison adding 57.

Cleveland never trailed in the game, sprinting to a 21-point lead just past the midway point of the second quarter. The Dolphins rallied to cut the advantage to three late in the third quarter, but then the Browns took charge again to push the lead back to 17 and solidify the win.

The Browns led, 14-3, after one quarter on a pair of one-yard touchdown runs by Wright and Anderson.

Anderson’s first touchdown pass to Edwards, covering 24 yards, along with a 40-yard field goal by Phil Dawson, staked the Browns to a 24-3 lead with 6:13 left in the second quarter.

Dawson’s 20-yarder as time expired in the first half made it 27-10.

Quarterback Cleo Lemon had one- and five-yard touchdown runs in a five-minute span late in the third quarter to bring the Dolphins to within 27-24.

Then Anderson and Edwards went to work by connecting on touchdown passes of five and 16 yards, making it 41-24 with just 4:34 remaining.

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