EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Cleveland Browns held a 10-point lead in the first quarter, but managed just three points after halftime, and fell to the New York Jets, 24-13, at MetLife Stadium Sunday.
New York quarterback Geno Smith rushed for a 17-yard touchdown that put the Jets up, 24-13, over the Browns with just over three minutes remaining in the game. Smith’s scoring run capped off a 14-play, 80-yard drive.
The Browns travelled 50 yards on nine plays in 4:34.
New York wide receiver David Nelson caught his second touchdown of the game and gave the Jets a 17-10 lead over the Browns with 14:14 left to play in regulation.
Nelson’s touchdown reception, which was from five yards out, capped off a 14-play, 81-yard drive, the Jets’ third scoring drive of 79 or more yards on the day.
The Browns and Jets remained tied, 10-10, after three quarters.
New York kicker Nick Folk’s 21-yard field goal as the first-half clock expired drew the Jets even with the Browns, 10-10, at halftime. The final scoring drive covered 79 yards in five plays.
Earlier in the game, Nelson caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Smith and drew the Jets to within three points of the Browns, 10-7, with 1:18 left in the second quarter.
Smith engineered the 13-play, 80-yard drive in 5:29, converting all four third-down attempts, including a third-and-12 from his own 18-yard line courtesy of a 22-yard pass to wide receiver Jeremy Kerley.
Cleveland running back
Facing a first-and-goal from the five, the Browns elected to go back to Baker for the scoring run after he had gained 14 yards on his previous two carries.
The Browns held a 3-0 lead over the Jets after the first quarter.
Cundiff gave the Browns a 3-0 lead over the Jets with a 27-yard field goal with 6:30 to play in the first quarter. Cundiff converted the attempt to cap off a 13-play drive that covered 34 yards in 5:31.
The Browns took possession of the ball at New York’s 43-yard line after safety Josh Bush’s pass on a fake punt attempt sailed incomplete when cornerback Isaiah Trufant slipped on the turf and fell before having a chance to square up and catch the pass.