SEATTLE -- The Browns started as well as they have all season but couldn't finish against the defending NFC champions.
Cleveland jumped out to an early lead but never held it again after the Seahawks responded. The Browns defense couldn't stop Russell Wilson and the Seahawks' running-back-by-committee ground attack, and Cleveland's offense couldn't replicate its hot start in Sunday's 30-13 loss to the Seahawks.
The loss dropped Cleveland to 3-11. Seattle notched its fifth straight victory to move to 9-5.
Wilson led the way for Seattle with 249 passing yards, 46 rushing yards and three touchdown passes, the last of which capped a back-breaking, 96-yard drive that spanned six minutes of the third and fourth quarter. Cleveland prevented Seattle from scoring just once on its first seven possessions.
Seattle, the NFL's No. 1 rushing offense, ran for 181 yards on 37 attempts.
Duke Johnson Jr. showed poise in the raucous CenturyLink Field environment and was at his best on a game-opening drive that took nearly 7 minutes off the clock. He finished 19-of-32 for 161 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
Rookie Duke Johnson Jr. rushed for 46 yards and caught five passes for 39 yards. The Browns finished with 94 rushing yards against the league's No. 2 rush defense.
The Browns defense allowed points all four times it was on the field during Sunday's first half, surrendering touchdowns on the first two drives and field goals on the last two. The last was the toughest to stomach, as a facemask penalty by Tramon Williams on a play that would have ended the half gave Seattle an untimed play. Seattle's Steven Hauschka nailed the short field goal to make it 20-10 at the half.
Wilson led back-to-back, lengthy scoring drives against the Browns defense and capped them the exact same way, connecting on touchdown passes of 3 and 6 yards to Doug Baldwin.
Manziel led one of his most impressive drives as a Brown to open Sunday's game. He completed six passes for 60 yards, and the Browns converted four third downs. The last was good for a touchdown, as Manziel scrambled and threw across his body to Gary Barnidge for the 6-yard touchdown.
After a three-and-out on the second offensive series, the Browns used a 53-yard Raheem Mostert kick return as a good starting point for a drive that would end with a Travis Coons field goal. Coons added a 37-yarder with 9:02 to play in the game to cap a drive that featured a season-long 39-yard run by Johnson.
Wilson's third touchdown pass went 27 yards to rookie Tyler Lockett six seconds into the fourth quarter to extend Seattle's lead, 27-10.
The Browns head back to Cleveland tonight and will begin their preparations for next week's game at Kansas City.