CLEVELAND — After a week of big changes and new faces, the Browns were this close to earning their first win of 2017.
Instead, Cleveland stumbled late and fell to the Packers, 27-21, in overtime Sunday afternoon at FirstEnergy Stadium.
Despite dominating much of the game and leading by as many as 14 points, Cleveland was unable to withstand a late Green Bay rally that ended when quarterback Brett Hundley tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams with 5:05 left in the extra period.
Sunday's setback marked Cleveland's 28th loss in 29 games and spoiled what was an otherwise promising showing by a young team.
It also comes days after the Browns shook up their front office and announced John Dorsey as their new general manager. Dorsey, who cut his teeth with the Packers before most recently helping turn around the Chiefs, replaced Sashi Brown as the head of Cleveland's personnel department.
Brown, who spent a little less than two years in that role, was dismissed Thursday. Amid those changes, head coach Hue Jackson and his players maintained they wouldn't pose a distraction.
They were correct in that assessment.
After falling behind 7-0 early, the Browns scored 21 unanswered points and led until Hundley tossed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Adams with 17 seconds left in regulation. [
Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon, who returned from a three-year suspension last week, caught three passes for 68 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown that was his first since Dec. 15, 2013, and looked every bit like the player that led the NFL in receiving that season.
While rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer bounced back from a rough performance against the Chargers in Los Angeles, he threw a backbreaking interception on third-and-2 on the team's lone overtime possession. Kizer finished 20-of-28 for 214 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Corey Coleman, the team's first-round pick in 2016, also put together a fine performance, catching five passes for 62 yards and a touchdown.
Without Aaron Rodgers (who hasn't played since suffering a shoulder injury Week 6), the Packers started slow but eventually found their footing with Hundey and running back Jamaal Williams. Against a Cleveland defense down three starters, the Packers finished with 341 yards despite having just 93 at halftime.
Hundley finished 35-of-46 with 265 yards and three touchdowns. Williams had 118 yards and two touchdowns on 22 touches.
The Browns play the Green Bay Packers in Week 14.