Browns lose in most Browns way possible

The Cleveland Browns found another unusual way to lose Sunday in San Diego.

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Browns fans must have memories of Dwayne Rudd flashing through their heads. 

Just when it looked like Cleveland had done enough to force overtime during Sunday’s loss to the Chargers, another yellow flag interfered. Just as Rudd’s penalty for prematurely removing his helmet in celebration back in 2002 cost the Browns a victory, an offsides penalty on Tramon Williams in San Diego on Sunday was tough to swallow. Follow along as we take you from the thrill of almost victory to the agony of another Browns defeat. 

Things were looking good when coach Mike Pettine won a challenge on a terrific juggling catch by Gary Barnidge inside the Chargers’ 5-yard line and  Barnidge caught a touchdown pass two plays later.

A two-point conversion stood between Cleveland and a tie game. Presto! Josh McCown found Taylor Gabriel to tie it at 27-27 with 2:13 left in regulation. The Browns were in business. Overtime was on the horizon if they could keep Philip Rivers and the Chargers off the scoreboard in the final two minutes.

Uh oh. Danny Woodhead broke loose for a 19-yard run right up the middle, and the Chargers were already in field-goal range. They could just run out the clock and kick the game-winner from 39 yards away.

But wait, San Diego does have a rookie kicker. Maybe he would wilt under pressure and send the game into overtime. 

He missed! Wide right! The Browns rushed off the field in celebration.

Wait a minute. Williams jumped the gun trying to get around the edge. Penalty. Re-kick. Not even the Browns’ official Twitter account could handle it. 

Game over, 30-27. Browns lose. For the eighth time in nine games.

Johnny Manziel congratulated his old college teammate, Josh Lambo, the hero kicker for the Chargers. 

Sadness continues. 

 

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