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Browns fall in overtime

By MARY KAY KABOT • Updated Oct 21, 2018 at 7:48 PM

TAMPA, Fla. — Another week, another overtime game for the Browns.

But the road isn't friendly to the Browns and they tied an NFL record for 24 straight road losses.

They lost to the Bucs 26-23 OT on a 59-yard field by Chandler Catanzaro with 1:50 left in OT. The kick cashed in on Jabrill Peppers fumble on a punt return that started the Bucs at the Browns' 48 with 3:12 left in the 10-minute session.

It was the fourth overtime game for the Browns this season. The record for OT games in a season is five. The Browns are 1-2-1 in OT this season.

The loss dropped them to 2-4-1 on the season. The Bucs improved to 3-3.

The Bucs started at the Browns 48, and the Browns sacked Winston on back-to-back plays to knock them back to the own 45. But DeSean Jackson caught a 14-yard pass to the Browns' 41.

Catanzaro, who missed a 40-yarder at the end of regulation, boomed the 59-yarder through the uprights.

The Browns lost despite four takeaways by the defense, including an interception by Jamie Collins in OT.

The Browns got the ball first in overtime and started at their 25, but left tackle Desmond Harrison committed a holding penalty on the first play and the Browns went three-and-out.

Collins picked off Jamies Winston with 6:15 left in the 10 minute OT, but the Browns went three-and-out on their second possession of OT. 

The Bucs took over with 2:28 left in regulation after the Browns tied it at 23, and drove to the 22, where kicker Chandler Catanzaro pushed the 40-yard field goal attempt wide right.

Baker Mayfield was stopped on a sneak on fourth and 1 with 4:55 left in regulation on a play that would've tied it at 23 had Greg Joseph made the extra point. Nick Chubb gained a yard on third and 2 the play before.

The Bucs took over on downs at their 1, and the defense came up big, with Emmanuel Ogbah sacking Jameis Winston and then Genard Avery making a third-down stop.

Jabrill Peppers returned the punt 32 yards to the Tampa Bay 16, and then Jarvis Landry laid out for a 16-yard TD catch from Mayfield to tie it at 23 on the first play of the drive with 2:28 left in the game.

It was the first game for the Browns after Carlos Hyde was traded to the Jaguars, and Nick Chubb made sure they weren't sorry they did it.

Chubb finished the game with 18 carries for 80 yards and one TD.

The Browns got three takeaways from their defense on consecutive drives to keep them in the game. Unfortunately for the D, the offense only scored on one of those takeaways.

Chubb's TD

Chubb ran in from the 1 to cut the Browns' deficit to 23-16 with 12:17 left in the game. Chubb plowed 21-yards up the middle earlier in the drive, and then Jarvis Landry leaped and caught an 18-yard pass on third and 9 to the Bucs' 25. Antonio Callaway drew a 24-yard interference call in the end zone to the 1 to set up Chubb's TD.

Garrett's strip; Njoku's TD

The Browns came out with some energy in the second half, with Myles Garrett stripping Jameis Winston and Genard Avery recovering just 29 second into the third quarter to start Mayfield at the Bucs' 26. It was the third straight takeaway for the Browns. Three plays later, Njoku caught a 15-yard TD pass from Mayfield in the left corner of the end zone to cut the Browns' deficit to 16-9.

But the Bucs came back and scored again on a 2-yard run by Ronald Jones with 28 seconds left in the third to make it 23-9. Key play on the drive was a 24-yard catch by tight end O.J. Howard over Jabrill Peppers to the 1.

Bad end to the half

The first half ended with Mayfield fumbling out of bounds at the Bucs' 10 after he had avoided a sack on fourth and 2 and scrambled for a first down with 19 seconds left. The Bucs took over on downs and took a knee to preserve their 16-2 halftime led. It summarized the way the brutal half went for the Browns.

Mayfield's fumble wasted the Browns' second defensive takeaway od the half that started him at the Bucs' 19 with 50 seconds remaining. With the Browns trailing 16-2, Genard Avery forced tight Cameron Brate to fumble, and Christian Kirksey recovered.

And still, the Browns couldn't score on a Bucs defense that had surrendered 125 first-half points in their previous five games, and who had allowed touchdowns on 15 of the opponents' 16 trips inside the red zone.

That's how far this Browns' receiver-challenged offense has fallen.

The first play of the drive was a throwaway to Jarvis Landry near the 5 and the second was an incompletion to a tightly covered Landry at the right side of the end zone. Landry wanted interference on the play and didn't get it. David Njoku was also open on a post route on that play.

Damion Ratley caught an 8-yard pass on third down and then the Browns went for it on fourth and 2, with the disastrous result when Lavonte David stripped him of the ball.

Kirksey's INT

With the Bucs up 16-2, Kirksey picked off Winston with 2:19 left in the half. Unfortunately for Kirksey, Emmanuel Ogbah committed a blindside block on the return for a 15-yard penalty. Mayfield started at his 25, but went three and out after he was sacked for a 9-yard loss by former Browns defensive lineman Carl Nassib.

First-half woes

The Bucs outgained the Browns 243 yards to 74 and made 17 first downs to the Browns' 3. The Brown also went 1-for-8 on third down while the Bucs converted 3-of-4. Winston outpassed Mayfield 184 yards to 64.

Browns open with safety

The Bucs started their opening drive at the 1 after cornerback Tavierre Thomas downed Britton Colquitt's 55-yard punt there. Trevon Coley tackled Peyton Barber in the end zone for a safety with 9:18 ft in the first quarter, the Browns' first safety since Oct. 5, 2014 when Tank Carder blocked a punt in the end zone in Tennessee. Little did the Browns know they'd be their only first-half points of the half.

Extra points

With cornerback E.J. Gaines out with a concussion, Damarious Randall started the game at cornerback. T.J. Carrie remained at nickelback and Briean Body-Calhoun played safety.

Up next

The Browns have a rematch with the Steelers Sunday at 1 p.m. in Pittsburgh. The teams tied 21-21 in the opener in Cleveland.

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