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Game Recap: Browns 18, Bears 16

Posted Aug 29, 2013

CHICAGO -- On the strength of Brian Hoyer’s passing and Spencer Lanning’s two field goals, the Cleveland Browns claimed an 18-16 win over the Chicago Bears in the preseason finale from Soldier Field.

CHICAGO -- On the strength of Brian Hoyer’s passing and Spencer Lanning’s two field goals, the Cleveland Browns claimed an 18-16 win over the Chicago Bears in the preseason finale from Soldier Field.

Lanning converted a 40-yard field-goal attempt and gave the Browns their first lead over the Bears, 18-16, with 3:15 to play. Lanning’s kick capped off a six-play, 22-yard drive that lasted 2:32.

The drive was set up by a Bears turnover.

On second-and-six from Chicago’s 38-yard line, running back Harvey Unga rushed around left end for six yards, but was stripped of the football by Browns rookie defensive lineman Armonty Bryant. Linebacker L.J. Fort recovered the fumble at Chicago’s 44-yard line.

Hoyer tossed a 14-yard touchdown pass to tight end Dan Gronkowski on a crossing route over the middle of the field and cut the Bears’ lead to one, 16-15, with 6:47 remaining in the fourth quarter. Hoyer capped off an eight-play, 76-yard drive that took 3:35 off the clock.

The Browns drew within a point of the Bears, but elected to try a two-point conversion for the second time in the game. The pass from Hoyer to wide receiver Josh Cooper landed incomplete.

Chicago kicker Robbie Gould converted his third field goal of the game, a 44-yard attempt, and extended the Bears’ lead over the Browns to 16-9 with 10:22 remaining in the fourth quarter. Gould’s kick finished off a Bears drive that travelled 18 yards in five plays and took 2:47 off the fourth-quarter clock.

The Bears held a 13-9 lead over the Browns after three quarters of play.

Cleveland linebacker James-Michael Johnson intercepted Bears quarterback Trent Edwards on a tipped pass off the hands of tight end Fendi Onobun and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown.

Johnson’s interception-turned-touchdown cut the Bears’ lead to 13-9 with 7:53 remaining in the third quarter.

Prior to the Browns’ first touchdown, Gould converted a 21-yard field goal attempt and extended the Bears’ lead back to 10 points, 13-3, with 9:35 to play in the third quarter. Gould’s kick capped off a 10-play, 72-yard drive that took 5:25 off the third-quarter clock.

The Bears led the Browns, 10-3, at halftime of the preseason finale.

The Browns cut the deficit to a touchdown when Hoyer engineered a seven-play, 45-yard drive that resulted in Lanning’s 32-yard field goal as the first-half clock expired.

Chicago quarterback Jordan Palmer completed a five-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Joe Anderson and expanded the Bears’ lead over the Browns to 10-0 with 12:08 left in the first half. Palmer engineered a 16-play, 69-yard drive that took 9:29 off the clock.

The Bears enjoyed a 3-0 lead over the Browns after the first quarter of play.

Earlier in the game, Gould converted a 52-yard field goal attempt and gave the Bears that 3-0 lead over the Browns with 10:26 to play in the first quarter. The seven-play, 23-yard scoring drive that took 3:17 off the first-quarter clock was set up by a Browns turnover.

After hitting wide receiver Josh Gordon deep down the left side of the field for a 45-yard gain on the first play from scrimmage, Hoyer went back to Gordon two plays later. However, cornerback Demontre Hurst jumped the route, intercepted the pass intended for Gordon and returned it 17 yards.

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