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Game Recap: Lions 31, Browns 17

Posted Oct 13, 2013

Behind a big second-half effort from the offense, the Detroit Lions earned a 31-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday.

The Detroit Lions’ offense scored 24 unanswered points in the second half, while the defense did not allow a single point after halftime in their 31-17 win over the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford’s fourth touchdown pass of the day was a 10-yard score to tight end Joseph Fauria, who was on the receiving end of three of those scoring passes from the veteran signal-caller.

Stafford and the Lions faced a third-and-four from the Browns’ 10-yard line when he took the Shotgun snap and lofted a pass toward the right of the formation and into Fauria’s hands.

Kicker David Akers converted a 51-yard field goal attempt on fourth-and-four from the 33-yard line and extended the Lions’ lead over the Browns to seven points, 24-17, with 6:04 to play in regulation.

Fauria put the Lions in front of the Browns, 21-17, with a 23-yard touchdown reception from Stafford at the 10:35 mark of the fourth quarter.

Fauria’s second touchdown of the day finished off an eight-play, 67-yard drive that took 4:14 off the clock. Fauria has only six catches on the season, but four have gone for touchdowns.

The Browns held a 17-14 lead over the Lions after three quarters of play.

Earlier in the second half, Stafford threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to running back Reggie Bush, and the Lions drew to within three points of the Browns, 17-14, with 8:57 to play in the third quarter.

Stafford threw a screen pass to Bush, who scooted through traffic with the help of a couple blocks and muscled his way through a tackle and into the end zone to cap off an eight-play, 79-yard drive that took 3:59 off the third-quarter clock.

Three second-quarter scoring drives staked the Browns out to a 17-7 halftime lead over the Lions.

Kicker Billy Cundiff converted a 40-yard field goal attempt and extended the Browns’ lead over the Lions to 17-7 with eight seconds remaining in the first half.

Cundiff capped off a six-play, 52-yard drive that featured a 36-yard pass from quarterback Brandon Weeden to wide receiver Josh Gordon that moved the ball from the Browns’ 39-yard line to Detroit’s 25.

On the Browns’ previous possession, Weeden delivered a two-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Greg Little, a score that put the Browns in front of the Lions, 14-7, with 1:16 to play in the second quarter.

On second-and-goal from the two-yard line, Weeden took the snap from center Alex Mack in the Shotgun formation and rolled to his right before firing the pass to Little, who caught the ball as he fell into the end zone.

The Browns’ scoring drive went 84 yards on nine plays in 5:22.

Earlier in the quarter, Weeden threw a four-yard touchdown pass to fullback Chris Ogbonnaya and drew the Browns even with the Lions, at 7-7, with 12:52 to play in the second quarter.

On second-and-goal from the four-yard line, Weeden used a play-action fake to attract the attention of the defense before hitting Ogbonnaya with the scoring pass in the flat.

While it was Ogbonnaya who caught the touchdown pass, it was wide receiver Travis Benjamin who had the biggest running play of the eight-play, 74-yard drive that took 3:40 off the game clock.

After Benjamin’s punt return was negated by an illegal block in the back, he got the ball on a reverse to the left, and ran past several Detroit defenders before being knocked out of bounds by linebacker DeAndre Levy following a 45-yard gain.

After one quarter of play, the Lions held a 7-0 lead over the Browns.

Stafford’s one-yard touchdown pass to Fauria gave the Lions a 7-0 lead over the Browns with 3:27 left to play in the first quarter.

On second-and-goal, Stafford lofted the pass toward the right corner of the end zone, where Fauria high-pointed the ball and out-jumped Browns defensive back Johnson Bademosi for possession before falling to the grass.

Stafford’s ninth touchdown pass of the season was set up by back-to-back pass-interference penalties on Browns cornerback Joe Haden. Haden was flagged16 yards for interfering with wide receiver Kevin Ogletree on third-and-one from the Browns’ 23-yard line. On the next play, Haden got tangled up with Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson in the end zone, and was again whistled for the infraction, which put the ball at the one-yard line.

The Lions marched 58 yards on nine plays in 4:23.