Game Recap: Dolphins 23, Browns 10

Posted Sep 8, 2013

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns fell, 23-10, to the Miami Dolphins in the regular-season opener Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.

CLEVELAND -- On the strength of quarterback Ryan Tannehill completing 24 of 38 attempts for 272 yards and one touchdown, the Miami Dolphins earned a 23-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns in the regular-season opener for both teams at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday.

Miami kicker Caleb Sturgis converted a 36-yard field goal, and put the Dolphins in front of the Browns, 23-10, with 4:02 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Sturgis’ kick capped off a four-play drive that started with a turnover on downs after Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden was sacked by Miami defensive end Cameron Wake on fourth-and-two from Cleveland’s 33-yard line.

Miami running back Daniel Thomas hurdled the offensive line and scored from one yard out, which extended the Dolphins’ lead over the Browns to 20-10 with 6:51 to play in regulation.

The drive travelled 85 yards in 10 plays and took 5:06 off the fourth-quarter clock.

The Dolphins held a 13-10 lead over the Browns after three quarters of play.

Cleveland kicker Billy Cundiff converted a 39-yard field goal and cut Miami’s lead over the Browns to 13-10 with 3:02 remaining in the third quarter. Cundiff’s first field goal with the Browns since the 2009 season capped off a nine-play, 59-yard drive that took 3:44 off the clock.

Tannehill threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver -- and Canton, Ohio, native -- Brian Hartline, and put the Dolphins back in front of the Browns, 13-7, with 6:46 to play in the third quarter.

After Thomas’ four-yard run on first down, Tannehill threw an over-the-shoulder pass beyond the reach of Browns defensive back Buster Skrine to Hartline, who ran a double-move on the left side of the formation.

A last-minute touchdown pass from quarterback Brandon Weeden to tight end Jordan Cameron gave the Browns a 7-6 lead over the Dolphins after the first half of play.

On second-and-goal from Miami’s seven-yard line, Weeden dropped back in the Shotgun formation and pump-faked over the middle before finding Cameron breaking open running toward the right corner of the end zone. The third-year tight end caught the pass and held on while he rolled out of bounds.

The Browns’ scoring drive covered 56 yards on 11 plays in 3:45.

Earlier in the game, Sturgis converted a 49-yard field goal, and extended the Dolphins’ lead to 6-0 over the Browns with 13:37 remaining in the first half.

The Dolphins’ scoring drive was set up by a Browns turnover.

On third-and-two from the Browns’ 27-yard line, Weeden dropped back and threw a pass to wide receiver Greg Little. The pass attempt tipped off Little’s hands and to Dolphins cornerback Dimitri Patterson, who had the ball ricochet off his right hand and facemask before corralling the turnover at the line of scrimmage.

Courtesy of a 45-yard field goal from Sturgis, the Dolphins held a 3-0 lead over the Browns after one quarter of play in the regular-season opener.

Sturgis converted the 45-yard field-goal attempt, the first of his NFL career, and gave the Dolphins a 3-0 lead over the Browns with 1:29 to play in the first quarter. Sturgis’ kick capped off a 15-play, 58-yard drive that covered 7:17.

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