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Patterson, defense answer the call

Posted Nov 21, 2011

Dimitri Patterson and the Browns defense were in a familiar situation on Sunday, needing to make a series of plays to secure a victory.

The Jacksonville Jaguars had eight seconds to move the ball just one yard for the go-ahead touchdown on Sunday afternoon at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

They had marched all the way to the one from their own 29-yard line with a mixture of Blaine Gabbert passes and Maurice Jones-Drew runs, but in calling a third-down run with 41 seconds remaining, the Jaguars cost themselves 28 seconds of game time.

Even though Jacksonville had a second-and-goal from the one with three seconds left, the Browns defense held and secured a 14-10 victory.

“During that situation, it’s a four-down period,” defensive back Dimitri Patterson said Monday. “We know they’re going to play all four downs, so that’s the mentality. You have to win every down. We’ve got to go 4-0, so that’s the deal. We’re a good defense. We knew that coming in. We showed that; we’ve been showing that and we’ll continue to show that. This game is highs and lows. You want more highs than lows and that’s it.”

For the Browns defense, Sunday was another typical day at the office.

Of the Browns’ four wins this year, only one has come by more than seven points. They defeated the Indianapolis Colts 27-19 in Week Two.

“Defensively, we’ve had resiliency all year,” Patterson said. “When games are put in our hands to win, we’ve shown up. That was a situation where it was on us. We felt comfortable coming into this game that we could shut anybody out. We showed our resiliency, confidence and our mental toughness.”

Jones-Drew carried the ball 21 times for 87 yards and one touchdown against the Browns. Once the Jaguars got inside the 10-yard line, they went to Jones-Drew on consecutive plays. He gained four yards and got down to the one yard line, but was stopped short of the end zone by linebacker Chris Gocong and defensive tackle Phil Taylor.

“When they’re inside the five-yard line, on first down, they’re probably going to give it to him, which they did,” Patterson said. “The last two downs, they had to throw the ball because they didn’t have timeouts. It’s one of those things where we were able to narrow the situations down. At some point in time, they were going to have to throw the ball. They didn’t have enough time to run it in.”

After watching film, the Browns have made their corrections and will begin preparing for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. It will be the first of five games against AFC North opponents in the final six weeks of the 2011 regular season.

“Lose, and Mondays and Tuesdays are tough. Win, and you get to enjoy it for Monday and Tuesday. Then, you put it behind you,” Patterson said. “Right now, we have divisional play and it’s up to us to choose to go out and take advantage of it or not. No one’s going to give us anything, but we have the opportunity and the power to kind of control our own future.”

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