CLEVELAND BROWNS POST GAME NOTES 11-7-10
With today’s victory, the Browns improved to 12-9 all-time against the Patriots, including a 7-4 mark in Cleveland. The win marked the Browns first victory against New England since a 19-11 decision on November 12, 2000.
Browns head coach Eric Mangini is now 4-1 in his career coming off the bye week. Following the bye, Mangini’s teams have a combined 21-15 (.583) record over the rest of the season.
The Browns set season-highs today in points (34), first downs (22), total yards (404), rushing yards (230) and time of possession (38:08).
The Browns have scored 30 or more points in back to back game for the first time since 2004, when they racked up 34 against Cincinnati followed by 31 against Philadelphia.
Running back Peyton Hillis totaled a career-high 184 rushing yards on a career-high 29 carries and tied a career-high with two touchdowns. Today marked his third 100-yard rushing performance this season and fourth of his career. Hillis has now scored a touchdown in every game this year except one (at Pittsburgh). He has scored a career-high seven rushing touchdowns this season, surpassing the five he scored as a rookie in 2008 as a member of the Denver Broncos. His six rushing scores this season are the most by a Brown since Jamal Lewis totaled nine in 2007. Hillis added three receptions for 36 yards for a career-best 220 total yards.Quarterback Colt McCoy completed 14 of 19 passes for 174 yards with no interceptions and a career-high 101.6 quarterback rating. He also rushed for 20 yards on three attempts, including a 16-yard touchdown run, the first of his career.
Quarterback Colt McCoy improved to 2-1 as a starter. His two wins are tied for the second-most by a Browns rookie quarterback.
Most Wins as a Starter by a Browns Rookie Quarterback
Player Year Starts Wins
Bernie Kosar 1985 10 4
Colt McCoy 2010 3 2
Charlie Frye 2005 5 2
Tim Couch 1999 15 2
Milt Plum 1953 3 2
Eric Zeier 1995 4 1
Don Gault 1970 1 1
Brian Sipe 1974 4 1
The Browns recorded a rushing touchdown by three different players for the first time since 2004 when Jeff Garcia, William Green and Lee Suggs all found the end zone against Philadelphia on October 24.
Wide receiver Chansi Stuckey recorded his first career rushing touchdown on an 11-yard scamper on a handoff from Joshua Cribbs. Stuckey added two receptions for six yards.
On a first and goal from the Cleveland 9-yard line with 30 seconds left in the first half, defensive back Abram Elam stripped Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and recovered the fumble at the 2 yard line, preventing a potential Patriots score. The play marked Elam’s sixth career forced fumble and third career recovery. Elam finished with a team and season-high eight tackles.
After a three-and-out by the Patriots on their opening drive, Cleveland has not allowed a team to score on their opening possession all season. In addition, the Browns have allowed just 13 first quarter points all season, including just one touchdown.
In the second quarter, defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin recorded his first career NFL sack.
Punter Reggie Hodges booted three punts for 107 yards, including two inside the 10-yard line. The punts increased Hodges’ league leading total to 11 punts inside the 10-yard line this season.
Defensive back Sheldon Brown has appeared in all 136 regular season games in his career, which began with Philadelphia in 2002. His streak is the second-longest among all active defensive backs.
Offensive lineman Joe Thomas has started all 56 career games at left tackle and has not missed an offensive snap since joining the Browns as the third overall pick in the 2007 draft.