Reporting Daryl Ruiter
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Same story, different day for the Cleveland Browns.
Play shorthanded, fight hard, fall short.
Dan Bailey kicked a 38-yard field goal with 6:13 left in overtime as the Dallas Cowboys erased a 13-0 halftime deficit to beat the Browns 23-20 Sunday afternoon at Cowboys Stadium.
The Browns fall to 2-8 with the loss, which was their 12th straight on the road dating back to last season, while the Cowboys climb back to .500 at 5-5 with the victory.
Tony Romo found Dez Bryant for a 28-yard touchdown with 6:54 left in the fourth quarter to give the Cowboys their first lead of the game at 17-13.
Cleveland had a chance to regain the lead with less than 2 minutes to play but Brandon Weeden threw a fade to Jordon Cameron out of bounds on 4th and goal inside the 2.
After Dallas took over, the Browns used all 3 timeouts to preserve the clock and give Weeden and the offense another shot.
Josh Cribbs returned the punt 21 yards to the Cowboys 32 yard line but a 15-yard horse-collar penalty on John Phillips set the Browns up at the 17.
On first down, Brandon Weeden quickly threw his 2nd TD of the game to tight end Ben Watson for a 20-17 lead but left 1:07 on the clock.
A 35-yard pass interference penalty on cornerback Sheldon Brown moved the Cowboys in position to force overtime with a 32-yard field goal to tie the game at 20.
The Browns took the early lead when Weeden found Watson in the end zone for an 11-yard touchdown. It was Weeden’s first TD throw since week 7 at Indianapolis which put the Browns up 7-0 with 4:01 to play in the opening quarter.
Phil Dawson split the uprights from 51 yards out to give the Browns a 10-0 lead after Weeden overthrew a wide open Josh Cooper on 3rd down.
Dawson hit a 37 yarder to extend to a 13-0 lead after Watson dropped a pass inside the 10 yard line on 2nd down.
Cleveland went to the locker room with a 13-0 lead after forcing Dallas to punt on each of their 5 offensive possessions.
The Browns sacked Romo 7 times Sunday but he still completed 35 of 50 passes for 313 yards and the touchdown to Bryant, who had 12 catches for a career-high 145 yards.
Bailey got Dallas on the board with 4:22 to play in the 3rd quarter with a 44-yard field goal before Felix Jones’ 2-yard touchdown run with 13:54 to play in the 4th quarter pulled the Cowboys within 3 at 13-10.
The two teams exchanged turnovers late in the 4th.
Weeden was strip sacked by Anthony Spencer who recovered at the Dallas 18. Frostee Rucker helped get the ball right back for the Browns stripping Romo and Craig Robertson recovered at the Cowboys 35 with 5:01 left.
The takeaway set up the second-to-last drive in regulation for the Browns that that ended with Cameron catching the ball out of bounds.
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