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Browns hold halftime lead

Posted Dec 9, 2012

The Cleveland Browns held a 10-7 lead over the Kansas City Chiefs at halftime of today’s game at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

After one half of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium, the Browns held a 10-7 lead over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Cleveland wide receiver Travis Benjamin returned Dustin Colquitt’s 41-yard punt 93 yards for a touchdown and put the Browns in front of the Chiefs, 10-7, with 14:40 to play in the second quarter.

Originally, Joshua Cribbs had dropped back to return the punt, but Benjamin ran onto the field late and Cribbs moved to the line of scrimmage as a blocker.

Benjamin fielded the punt at the seven-yard line, ran through the middle of the Chiefs’ coverage unit, got to the Browns’ sideline and crossed back to the middle of the field before getting into the end zone. It was the longest punt return in Browns history, and also, the longest for a touchdown.

Browns Legend Eric Metcalf set the previous mark for the longest punt return score in Browns history with a 92-yarder at Cincinnati on Sept. 4, 1994.

The Chiefs held a 7-3 lead over the Browns after the first quarter.

Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson converted a 23-yard field goal attempt and drew the Browns to within four points of the Chiefs, at 7-3, with 3:53 remaining in the first quarter. The kick, which capped off an 11-play, 76-yard drive, was Dawson’s 300th career field goal. He is the 25th kicker in NFL history to reach the 300-field goal plateau and is 300 of 357 in his career (84.0 percent).

Dawson is the second-leading scorer in Browns history with 1,247 points and has the highest field-goal percentage of any kicker in team history. He has the seventh-best percentage in NFL history among those kickers with a minimum of 100 made field goals.

Following a false start penalty on Kansas City offensive lineman Russ Hochstein, kicker Ryan Succop missed a 27-yard field goal off the left upright in the East end zone and the score remained 7-0 in favor of the Chiefs with 7:53 left to play in the first quarter.

The Chiefs had driven to the Browns’ three-yard line and had a first-and-goal from the four, but the Cleveland defense got three straight stops before the missed kick.

On the drive, Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn completed a 23-yard pass to wide receiver Dwayne Bowe on third-and-eight from Kansas City’s 23-yard line. He later completed a 47-yard pass to Bowe down the Chiefs sideline that gave Kansas City a first-and-goal.

Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles gave the Chiefs a 7-0 lead over the Browns 12 seconds into the game with an 80-yard touchdown run behind right guard Jon Asamoah.

Charles broke into the Browns’ defense and ran through a tackle attempt by Cleveland safety T.J. Ward en route to his second-longest touchdown run of the year. Earlier in the season, Charles ran for a 91-yard touchdown in an overtime victory over the New Orleans Saints.