Earlier this spring, 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 a fun one in Atlanta that had a little bit of everything.
Who: Browns at Falcons
When: Week 12, Nov. 23, 2014
The Stakes: After a disappointing loss at home to the Texans, the Browns traveled to Atlanta carrying a 6-4 record. The Falcons had rebounded from a lousy start, winners of two straight, and entered with a record of 4-6.
What happened: It wasn't the prettiest afternoon on either side of the ball for the Browns, but they came through in the end with a game-winning drive when they needed it. With the Browns trailing by a point and less than a minute to play, Brian Hoyer made a number of big throws late to set up Billy Cundiff's game-winning field goal that sent Cleveland to a 26-24 victory.
It was over when …: Hoyer completed an 11-yard pass to Miles Austin with 16 seconds to play and spiked it with 5 left on the clock, allowing Cundiff to attempt and make the 37-yard field goal as time expired.
The Browns improved to 7-4 thanks to a late scoring drive that included big plays from Josh Gordon.
They Said it, Part 1: "Nothing to lose, really. Go out and play fearless. That's all I have at that point." -- Hoyer
Return of Flash: This was the 2014 debut for Josh Gordon, who served a 10-game suspension to start the season. His impact was immediate, as Hoyer went to him early and often throughout the game, including a 24-yard completion on the final drive. Gordon finished with eight catches for 120 yards on 16 targets. His fellow wideouts seemingly benefited from his presence, too, as Andrew Hawkins had five catches for 93 yards and Austin hauled in six for 64.
Closing speed: As an offensive guard, It's hard to make a game-changing play fans are able to appreciate in the moment. Rookie Joel Bitonio achieved the impossible at the end of the first half when he chased down future Hall of Fame returner Devin Hester on a Cundiff field goal attempt that fell well short of the uprights. Hester caught the attempted kick, hesitated for a second and bolted down the field. Bitonio never stopped running and ultimately caught up to Hester and brought him down before he was able to take it to the house.
They said it, Part 2: "That was the most I've ever been told 'Good job' in any game. One of the refs actually came up and said, 'You probably never thought you could tackle Devin Hester.'" -- Bitonio
Tight coverage: Joe Haden always seemed to bring a little extra against the game's top wide receivers, especially ones that towered over him, and this day was no different. Just two weeks after A.J. Green caught only three passes for 23 yards, All-Pro Julio Jones was limited to five catches for 68 yards and a touchdown on 13 targets. Over the next two weeks, Jones would have 189 and 259 receiving yards, respectively.
It could have been bad: The Browns' late comeback was only necessary because the Falcons rallied from a nine-point deficit in the fourth quarter to take the lead. Hoyer's third interception set up the Falcons at midfield with 2:35 to play, and Matt Bryant followed with a go-ahead field goal from 53 yards with 44 seconds to play to give Atlanta its first lead since early in the third quarter.
Unsung hero: Paul Kruger dropped Matt Ryan twice for sacks and hit him a total of three times in a game that saw the Browns outgain the Falcons 475-315.