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Game Recap: Jaguars 32, Browns 28

Posted Dec 1, 2013

The Cleveland Browns fell to the Jacksonville Jaguars, 32-28, at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday.

A 20-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Chad Henne to wide receiver Cecil Shorts III with 40 seconds left in the game gave the Jacksonville Jaguars a 32-28 win over the Cleveland Browns Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium.

On third-and-nine , Henne took the shotgun snap and fired a strike to Shorts III, a Cleveland native, for the go-ahead touchdown, and the Browns were unable to mount a comeback in the game’s final seconds.

Two plays after the Jaguars extended their lead over the to four points with just over four minutes to play in the fourth quarter, the Browns came storming back and took a 28-25 lead on Josh Gordon’s 95-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Brandon Weeden.

Backed up to the five-yard line after a penalty on a kickoff return, Weeden dropped back to pass and hit Gordon down the right side of the field, and the second-year wide receiver outran the Jacksonville secondary to the end zone for the go-ahead touchdown.

Jacksonville kicker Josh Scobee connected on a 25-yard field goal and extended the Jaguars’ lead over the Browns to 25-21 with just over four minutes to play in the fourth quarter. Scobee’s third field goal of the game capped off a seven-play, 36-yard drive that was set up by a Browns miscue.

On first-and-10 from the Cleveland 14-yard line, center Alex Mack snapped the ball to Weeden, but the exchange sailed over Weeden’s head and into the end zone. Weeden kicked the ball out of bounds for a safety.

The Browns held a 21-20 lead over the Jaguars after three quarters of play.

After committing three turnovers in the final three minutes of the first half, Weeden engineered a 10-play, 80-yard drive that he punctuated with a four-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Greg Little. Weeden’s pass to Little gave the Browns a 21-20 lead over the visiting Jaguars with 9:44 to play in the third quarter.

Three Browns turnovers in the final three minutes of the first half have allowed the Jaguars to take a 20-14 lead into halftime.

A pair of Scobee field goals turned a 14-14 tie into a 20-14 lead, as the veteran kicker converted from 44 and 51 yards away in the last minute of the second quarter and gave the Jaguars the advantage.

Before Jacksonville took the lead, running back Maurice Jones-Drew threw an eight-yard touchdown pass to tight end Marcedes Lewis, and brought the Jaguars into a 14-14 tie with the Browns with 1:19 left to play in the first half.

Jacksonville’s three-play, 17-yard drive was set up by a turnover, as rookie safety Johnathan Cyprien intercepted a Weeden pass and returned it 27 yards into the red zone.

Initially, Gordon put the Browns in front of the Jaguars, 14-7, with a 21-yard touchdown catch from Weeden with 12:03 to play in the first half. Gordon broke free from the coverage of cornerback Will Blackmon and caught the pass before getting both feet down in bounds for the score.

With the catch, Gordon surpassed the 100-yard mark for the third consecutive game, and is one of three Browns ever, along with Gary Collins (1965) and Webster Slaughter (1989), to achieve the feat. In the Browns’ first three possessions against Jacksonville, Gordon caught five passes for 111 yards with one touchdown.

The Brows and Jaguars played to a 7-7 tie in the first quarter of today’s inter-divisional game at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Jacksonville tight end Clay Harbor caught an 18-yard touchdown pass and brought the Jaguars even with the Browns, 7-7, with 7:04 to play in the first quarter.

Henne led an eight-play, 80-yard scoring drive that featured five plays of seven or more yards, including the touchdown pass, as well as Jones-Drew’s 18-yard run over right tackle and Jordan Todman’s 13-yard scamper.

With a one-yard touchdown run behind Mack and left guard John Greco, Cleveland running back Willis McGahee put the Browns in front of the Jaguars, 7-0, with 10:51 left in the first quarter.

After Jordon Poyer’s 38-yard punt return, Weeden took a snap from Mack and lofted a 42-yard pass down the right sideline to Gordon.

Gordon’s 42-yard reception put him over 1,000 receiving yards for the season, a first for the Browns since wide receiver Braylon Edwards (1,289 yards) and tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. (1,106) both eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in 2007.

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