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Dawg Pound Journal: Look back at all 21 of the Browns' INTs in 2014


It started with an athletic play by one of the Browns' oldest veterans.

It ended with a similarly unexpected face making a big play during the second half of Cleveland's close loss at Carolina.

The Browns' 21 interceptions during the 2014 season came in all shapes and sizes from nine different players. It was the largest haul since 2008, when the Browns had 23.

You can watch all 21 in the video below. We've gone one step further and provided some superlatives for a few of the biggest ones.

Most important

Nov. 2 vs. Tampa Bay - Tashaun Gipson picks off Mike Glennon inside the end zone midway through the second quarter

This was a pivotal moment in a game the Browns ultimately won, 22-17. The Buccaneers led by a point and had the ball inside the red zone after a Brian Hoyer interception. Gipson stepped in front of a pass intended for Mike Evans and landed his sixth and final pick of the season.

Honorable mention: Gipson's pick-six vs. New Orleans, Sept. 14

Most athletic

Nov. 6 at Cincinnati - Buster Skrine makes a diving interception, his second of the game, during fourth quarter of Browns' rout of Bengals.

Guarding James Wright, Skrine tracked a deep ball from Andy Dalton and made a full-extension dive to catch it over his shoulders. He showed off some strength, too, as he wrestled the ball away from Wright on the ground.

Honorable mention: Joe Haden's leaping interception while guarding Julio Jones at Atlanta, Nov. 23

Most surprising

Dec. 7 vs. Indianapolis - Justin Gilbert intercepts Andrew Luck and returns it for a touchdown in Browns' narrow loss to Colts.

After missing the previous week's game with an illness and seeing his playing time dwindle, Gilbert made the biggest play of his rookie season when he picked off Luck, made a couple of moves and took it all the way to the end zone for a score that put the Browns ahead, 21-7, early in the third quarter.

Honorable mention: Defensive end Billy Winn dives to intercept a deflected Cam Newton pass at Carolina, Dec. 21.

Most collaborative

Nov. 2 vs. Tampa Bay -- Donte Whitner's 54-yard interception return in first quarter of Browns' win over Buccaneers.

The ball landed softly in Whitner's hands thanks to an acrobatic deflection by Haden, who ran stride for stride with Evans before fighting off the massive wide receiver to make the play.

Honorable mention: Skrine's interception off a John Hughes deflection in Browns' win over Steelers, Oct. 12

Best hands

Nov. 16 vs. Houston -- Haden holds on to deflected pass intended for DeAndre Hopkins in the end zone during first quarter.

Haden made his pursuit from the opposite side and stuck his hands above Hopkins' to deflect the pass. He stayed on it and held onto the deflection as he fell toward the ground for a touchback.

Honorable mention: It's Haden again, as he stepped in front of Sammy Watkins and hung on to a hotly thrown pass to haul in an interception during the third quarter of Cleveland's loss at Buffalo on Nov. 30.

Best runback

Sept. 14 vs. New Orleans -- Gipson intercepts Drew Brees, runs it back 62 yards for a second-quarter touchdown in win over Saints.

Of Gipson's six interceptions, none required as much running as his first. He was never touched on the runback, which started when he caught an overthrown pass and immediately looked upfield. His blockers provided a big lane down the left sideline, and Gipson used it all the way for a touchdown.

Honorable mention: Gilbert's runback for his pick-six vs. Indianapolis

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