NFL: Lions come from behind to beat Browns

Posted Aug 20, 2011 by Austin Tyler
The story is the Bret Favre help Colt McCoy learn how to run the offense, and McCoy looked comfortable last night as he threw three touchdowns. The Lions on the other hand had their back-ups going as they saved the game for them.
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The Cleveland Browns hosted the Detroit Lions last night for a pre-season exhibition. The Browns are looking to have McCoy become the man in Cleveland as the Lions are just hoping they can get their Matthew Stafford to play a whole season. Both looked impressive, but in the end the Lions pulled off a 30-28 victory.
Colt McCoy (10/18, 96 yards, 3 TD’s) and the Browns did not start the game off good as they went three and out on their first possession. They punted the ball away to the Lions, but they had trouble on their first drive as well when Jahvid Best fumbled the ball and the Browns recovered.
The Browns had great field-position after the turnover and McCoy only had to move the ball 34-yards to get the Browns first points. McCoy hit his tight end Evan Moore (3 receptions, 40 yards, 2 TD’s) for a 2-yard touchdown pass. The Browns score made it a 7-0 game early in the first quarter.
The Lions wasted no time as they responded behind a 75-yard drive of their own with Matthew Stafford (6/10, 85 yards, 1 TD) leading the way. The Lions only took 8 plays to score their first touchdown as Stafford hit Nate Burleson (2 receptions, 34 yards, 1 TD) with a 4-yard touchdown pass. The game was tied up at seven apiece and both quarterbacks looked good.
The Browns struggled on their next possession as they went three and out and had to punt the ball together. Matt Stafford moved the ball down the field, and got into field position and Jason Hanson came on and kicked a 25-yard field-goal. The Browns also struggled again on their next possession and they had to punt again. The Lions also struggled as they also had to punt the ball away also. McCoy scored quick on the Browns first possession as he hit Moore for another touchdown on a 21-yard strike. With that touchdown the Browns took a 14-10 lead.
The Lions did not do much with their drive as they struggled and ended up punting the ball away after six plays. The Browns took advantage of the field position as they moved the ball 63-yards. McCoy ended the drive with a pass to Greg Little (2 receptions, 25 yards, 1 TD) to give the Browns a 21-10 lead.
The Lions got the ball back and moved the ball 36-yards behind the arm of Shaun Hill (5/8, 53 yards). Detroit moved the ball 36-yards and Hanson kicked a 49-yard field-goal to get Lions close 21-13. The Browns went three and out and was forced to punt the ball away. The Lions did not do much with the ball as they were only able to move the ball 27-yards before they were forced to punt. On the Browns first play from scrimmage Armond Smith broke a 81-yard run and scored a touchdown to make a it a 28-13 lead.
Detroit had a tough time moving the ball behind Drew Stanton (6/8, 80 yards, 2 TD’s) who had just got in but they had to punt. The Browns got the ball and Seneca Wallace (6/8, 40 yards) handed the ball off to Smith who fumbled it and the Lions recovered it. Drew Stanton did well on his next possession as he moved the Lions 21-yards and hit Maurice Stovall (4 receptions, 67 yards, 1 TD) on a 7-yard touchdown pass.
The Browns had the ball and moved the ball 18-yards before having to punt the ball away. The Lions got the ball and could not do move it as they only went 42-yards in 4 plays before having to punt it away. The Browns got the ball back, but the drive did not last long as Smith fumbled again and the Lions recovered it. Detroit wasted no time as Stanton hit Joe Finley for a 20-yard touchdown pass. The Lions were now within one with the score 27-28.
Cleveland went three plays and out and was forced to punt the ball away. The Lions got the ball back and Zac Robinson (2/3, 17 yards) led them down the field and got them in position to win the game. Dave Rayner came on and made a 48-yard field-goal that gave them the lead 30-28 and the win. The Lions had their chances to win the games, but could not do it Jarrett Brown (0/4, 0 yards) at quarterback.