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Game Pass Rewind: A Thursday night to remember on the road in Cincinnati

Last month, the NFL announced it would offer free access to its Game Pass platform. That means fans can watch ANY game dating back to 2009.

Over the next few weeks, we'll be highlighting some of the most re-watchable Browns games -- for a variety of reasons -- on the list. Today, we're looking back at one of the best primetime moments since 1999.

Who: Browns at Bengals

When: Week 10, Nov. 6, 2014

The Stakes: After two straight wins at home over the Raiders and Buccaneers, the Browns headed down I-71 on the short week with a 5-3 record. The Bengals had also won two in a row and carried a 5-2-1 record into the matchup.

What happened: It was over from the start as the Browns' defense delivered an absolutely dominant performance under the bright lights of Thursday Night Football. Thousands of Browns fans stayed until the very end on a memorable night in Cincinnati as Cleveland scored a 24-3 victory that was more lopsided than the final margin would indicate. The win put the Browns in a tie for first place with the Steelers, marking the first time Cleveland had been in first place 10 or more weeks into the season since 1994.

It was over when…: Technically, when Rex Burkhead took the final carry of the game 3 yards and the time expired. In reality, it was over when Isaiah Crowell capped an eight-play, 57-yard drive with a touchdown early in the second quarter to give the Browns a commanding, 14-3 lead that would never fall below double digits the rest of the way.

The tone-setting moment: It took five plays for the Browns to take complete control of this game, and it came on an interception by linebacker Craig Robertson. The veteran leader swooped in on a short pass intended for Jermaine Gresham, snagged it out of the air and ran it back to the Bengals' 18-yard line. Cleveland scored five plays later on a Ben Tate touchdown run, and the Browns had a lead they would never relinquish.

They said it, Part 1: "I saw his throwing motion started and I just jumped it. I had to keep those hands going, I've got those hands. But I just jumped it, I caught it. Coach said I should've scored, which he's probably right." -- Robertson

No fly zone: Here's what A.J. Green did in the four games after this one: six catches, 127 yards, TD; 12 catches, 121 yards; four catches, 57 yards, TD; 11 catches, 224 yards, TD. It was just nothing like that against the Browns, who primarily used Pro Bowler Joe Haden to guard the All-Pro wideout. Green caught three passes for just 23 yards, Dalton targeted Green 10 times but could only find minimal success because Haden was all over him. Only one of Green's catches went for more than 10 yards. For his career, Green averages 14.8 yards per catch. Dalton, by the way, finished 10-of-33 for 86 yards and three interceptions.

They said it, Part 2: "We just kept the pedal down, we never want the offense to feel comfortable; we always want to get three-and-outs." -- Haden

Streak-buster: Cleveland's win was its first on the road against an AFC North foe since it beat the Bengals, 20-12, on Sept. 28, 2008 -- a stretch that featured 17 straight losses.

Unsung hero: This was Game 4 for the Browns post-Alex Mack's season-ending leg injury. In the first three, Cleveland's once-vaunted running game had hit a wall, managing just 69, 36 and 59 yards, respectively, in those matchups. That all changed against the Bengals, as Terrance West, Isaiah Crowell and Tate combined for 170 yards. The number was a reflection of Cleveland's control of the game, as the Browns attempted 52 runs to Cincinnati's 22. Still, it was a step in the right direction for a ground game that had been grounded to a halt.

Special moment: This night was about more than football. Bengals DT Devon Still was able to play in front of his 4-year-old daughter, who had been dealing with cancer, for the first time in two years. She was on the field for an emotional presentation of a $1.3 million check from the Bengals to the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Browns QB Brian Hoyer and Still shared an embrace after the presentation in a moment that moved everyone inside Paul Brown Stadium.

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