NASHVILLE – Call them, Kardiac Kids 2.0. Down 25 points at one point, Brian Hoyer etched himself into Cleveland sports lore in leading the Browns to a comeback win.
Down 28-3 at one point and 28-10 at halftime, Hoyer threw a game-winning touchdown to Travis Benjamin with 1:09 remaining to give Cleveland a 29-28 win over the Tennessee Titans, and improve their record to 2-2. For the game, Hoyer completed 21-of-37 passes for 292 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
An improbable outcome such as this may not have been possible if not for Titans starting quarterback, Jake Locker injuring his thumb after getting hit by Browns cornerback, Buster Skrine, would be replaced by back-up Charlie Whitehurst.
Before the injury, Locker was giving a winded Browns defense problems with both is arm and legs, as he finished 8-of-11, 79 yards, one touchdown and 34 yards rushing on four carries and one touchdown.
Besides Locker’s mobility, the Browns had a hard time getting off the field and tackling as the Titans were 8 of 14 on third down, and committed seven penalties for 74 yards.
While such a historic comeback win is thrilled, clearly, the Browns run defense looked like it was still on a bye, as Cleveland allowed 149 yards on the ground and eight rushing first downs.
The defense and special teams finally showed up in the second half, as Tank Carder would block a Titans punt into the end zone and out-of-bounds for a safety, making the score 28-15 in the third quarter.
Call him Captain Comeback, Hoyer The Destroyer or whatever, Hoyer once again showed a cool hand and pin-point accuracy in helping Cleveland earn its first road win since a 31-27 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Hoyer eluded a possible sack to find Benjamin to bring the Browns to within six at 28-22 with 6;49 before finding the former Hurricane again for the eventual game-winning score. Cleveland greatly benefited from the return of starting running back, Ben Tate, who rushed for 123 yards on 22 carries.
While Cleveland should celebrate the win, they must also learn how to play four complete quarters of football. For now, the traditionally hard-luck Browns deserve to savor one of their biggest wins in franchise history.
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