CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Browns survived a mistake filled fourth quarter to hold off Indianapolis 32-23 at First Energy Stadium.
Watch the 5th Quarter below.
After Jarvis Landry had two critical drops in the quarter, Baker Mayfield was intercepted by Anthony Walker to kill a drive at the Colts 31 yard line.
Indianapolis responded with a drive for a 25-yard field goal to cut the lead to six points. Fortunately for the Browns, they were able to run the ball effectively and drive for a Cody Parkey 46-yard field goal that bounced in off the left upright.
Myles Garrett made the Browns biggest play of the fourth quarter on Indy’s first drive of the period. He forced Philip Rivers into an intentional grounding call in the end zone for a safety, expanding the Cleveland lead to nine points.
Landry’s drops were drive killers. The first play of the fourth quarter saw Mayfield put one right in his hands, a play that would have been an easy first down. Two plays later they were forced to punt. Landry dropped a third down pass on the Browns next drive.
Mayfield finished the day 21 of 37 for 247 yards, two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions.
Big plays were the story of the third quarter.
The Browns got that party started when Ronnie Harrison intercepted Philip Rivers on the Colts first drive of the half and ran it 47 yards into the end zone for a 27-10 lead. It looked like the rout was on. Looks can be deceiving.
Isaiah Rodgers took the ensuing kick off and bolted 101 yards through the Browns special teams for a responding touchdown, immidiately trimming the score to 27-17. Indy was not done.
When Mayfield and the offense came on the field they mounted a drive that lasted five plays. Bobby Okereke intercepted Mayfield, giving the ball back to Indianapolis. They put together a 10-play drive that ended in a 37-yard Rodrigo Blankenship field goal, pulling the Colts to within seven.
Parkey drilled a 36-yard field goal just before the half for a 10 point lead, before that the Browns scored touchdowns on their first two possessions of the second quarter.
Mayfield hit Rashard Higgins in the end zone from 15 yards out for their second score of the quarter. It was a nine play, 75 yard drive that was highlighted by an Odell Beckham, Jr. circus catch for 26 yards to get the Browns to the Indy 37 yard line. Beckham, Jr. went up in the air to pull the ball down, was hit by a defender and still made a juggling catch as he went to the ground.
The Browns scored on their previous drive when Mayfield did an outstanding job of keeping a play alive, rolling to his right he floated a throw to Kareem Hunt in the end zone for a touchdown. Hunt leaped for the catch and held on as two Colt defenders drilled him. The touchdown came on 3rd and goal and was the 14th play of a drive that covered 81 yards.
Rookie Jonathan Taylor put the Colts up 7-3 in the first quarter when he took a hand off around the left side and ran untouched into the end zone from the four yard line. The run capped off a nine play, 72 yard drive.
Landry had a big first quarter catching three passes for 80 yards.
The Browns travel to Pittsburgh next week for a showdown with the Steelers.