Cleveland 30, New Orleans 17

Sunday, October 24, 2010 1:00 PM
WHEN: 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, October 24, 2010
WHERE: Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana
TEMPERATURE: DOME
HEAD OFFICIAL: David Coleman
ATTENDANCE: 70077

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Cleveland 10 10 0 10 30
New Orleans 0 3 0 14 17

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Cleveland 2-5 1-2 1-3 W1
New Orleans 4-3 2-2 2-1 L1

Recap

Linebacker David Bowens returned two Drew Brees interceptions for touchdowns and the Cleveland Browns used some trickery to pull off a stunning 30-17 victory over the host New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon.

Phil Dawson kicked three field goals for the Browns (2-5), who won despite being outgained 392-210.

Bowens intercepted and harassed Brees in the backfield and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown late in the first half that provided the Browns (2-5) with a 20-3 halftime lead.  Bowens sealed the verdict when he returned Brees' fourth interception of the game 64 yards for a touchdown with 3:33 left in the game for a 30-10 edge.

Brees finished 37 of 56 for 354 yards and two touchdowns for the Saints (4-3), who were coming off their best game of the season, a 31-6 thrashing of Tampa Bay.

Cleveland made the most of 119 yards of offense in the first half. The Browns used a reverse on a punt return with Joshua Cribbs and Eric Wright for a 69 yard gain that set up Dawson’s 21-yard field goal that opened the scoring.

A 38-yard pass-interference call on safety Malcolm Jenkins set up Peyton Hillis’ 4-yard score with 6:48 left in the first quarter that pushed the lead to 10-0. Then a fake punt by Cleveland punter Reggie Hodges run straight up the middle for 68 yards set up another short field goal by Dawson.

A fourth-quarter halfback pass from Hillis to quarterback Colt McCoy converted a third down in New Orleans territory that set up Dawson’s 48-yarder for a 23-10 lead with 5:55 left. 

McCoy was 9-of-16 passing for 74 yards.

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Cleveland   New Orleans
Peyton Hillis Player Christopher Ivory
16 Attempts 15
69 Yards 48
4.3 Avg Yards 3.2
1 Touchdowns 0
12 Long 8
Receiving
Cleveland   New Orleans
Brian Robiskie Player Marques Colston
3 Receptions 10
25 Yards 112
8.3 Avg Yards 11.2
0 Touchdowns 1
16 Long 24

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Cleveland 210 125 85 3 3 4 3.0 0
New Orleans 394 58 336 2 1 0 1.0 1

Upcoming Games

  • New Orleans will play their next game at home against Pittsburgh . The Saints have a W/L % of .571 after a win and .571 after a loss.
  • Cleveland will play their next game at home against New England. The Browns have a W/L % of .286 after a win and .286 after a loss.
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