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Game Recap: Patriots 27, Browns 26

Posted Dec 8, 2013

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Cleveland Browns fell to the New England Patriots, 27-26, at Gillette Stadium Sunday.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Despite a 20-point second half, the Cleveland Browns allowed New England to score 13 unanswered points in the game’s final two minutes and suffered a 27-26 loss to the AFC East Division leaders at Gillette Stadium.

With the victory, the Patriots improved to 10-4 on the season, while the Browns dropped to 4-9 with the setback.

Down by 12 points with a little more than three minutes left, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady engineered an 11-play, 82-yard drive, capped off by his two-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Julian Edelman.

The Patriots then recovered the onside kick, and Brady, again led a New England scoring drive, which he capped off with a one-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Danny Amendola one play after Leon McFadden was flagged for pass interference in the end zone.

Cleveland tight end Jordan Cameron caught a four-yard touchdown pass and gave the Browns a 26-14 lead over the Patriots with 2:39 remaining in the fourth quarter. On second-and-goal from the New England four, quarterback Jason Campbell faked a handoff on a play-action up the middle, rolled out to his right and lofted a pass to Cameron in the end zone.

With the catch, Cameron took sole possession of second place for the most touchdowns in a single season by a Browns tight end. Pro Football Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome holds the record with nine touchdowns.

The Browns held a 19-11 lead over the Patriots after three quarters of play.

The Patriots wasted little time answering the Browns’ 80-yard touchdown pass from Campbell to Josh Gordon.

Three plays after the Browns took a 16-point lead, the Patriots trimmed the deficit to eight points, 19-11, when running back Shane Vereen scored a six-yard touchdown up the middle with six seconds to play in the third quarter.

Earlier in the drive, Vereen caught a 50-yard pass from Brady that moved the ball from New England’s 28-yard line to the Browns’ 22.

Following the score, Brady completed a pass to Edelman, the former Kent State University quarterback, for a two-point conversion.

On the previous drive, Gordon’s 80-yard touchdown reception from Campbell put the Browns in front of the Patriots, 19-3, with less than two minutes left in the third quarter.

Gordon caught a short slant on the left side of the formation, and after stiff-arming Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib, outraced the New England defense to the right sideline and end zone for the score.

It was Gordon’s second score of at least 80 yards in as many games.

New England kicker Stephen Gostkowski converted a 33-yard field goal attempt and put the Patriots on the scoreboard for the first time in today’s game against the Browns.

The Browns remain in front, 12-3, with 1:37 to play after the Patriots’ 68-yard, 11-play scoring drive.

Cleveland tight end Gary Barnidge caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Campbell and helped extend the Browns’ lead over the Patriots to 12-0 with 10:15 remaining in the third quarter.

Barnidge caught a short pass on the left side of the formation, turned the corner and outraced the New England defense to the left pylon for his second touchdown pass of the season, and the longest scoring play of his career.

After completing the five-play, 73-yard drive in 1:54, the Browns failed to convert the two-point conversion.

For the Browns, it is the second time this year that they have held an opponent scoreless at halftime. They also held a 6-0 lead over the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on Sept. 15.

With 48 seconds remaining in the first half, second-year Gordon caught an 18-yard pass from Campbell. The reception put Gordon at 1,291 yards on the season, which broke the old mark of 1,289, which was set by Braylon Edwards in the 2007 season.

Cleveland kicker Billy Cundiff’s 37-yard field goal increased the Browns’ lead over the Patriots to 6-0 with 14:45 remaining in the first half.

The nine-play drive, which covered 37 yards and took 3:46 off the game clock, was set up by a Patriots turnover.

On third-and-10 from their own 35-yard line, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady dropped back to pass and was pressured by Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger off the right edge. Brady threw a pass toward wide receiver Josh Boyce, but linebacker D’Qwell Jackson was there to intercept the ball at the Cleveland 44-yard line.

The Browns held a 3-0 lead over the Patriots after one quarter of play.

Cundiff converted a 43-yard field goal attempt and gave the Browns a 3-0 lead over the Patriots with 9:18 left to play in the first quarter. Cundiff’s kick finished off a 10-play drive that covered 47 yards in 5:42.

Campbell was eight of 10 passing for 65 yards in the first quarter, and three of those throws went to Cameron for 36 yards.

Conversely, Brady went just one of six for five yards with the interception.