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Browns Take The Lead, Up On Miami By A Touchdown After Three

The Browns got the ball first in the third quarter. Two runs, incomplete pass — three and out and a punt to the Dolphins after only a minute-and-a-half. Miami took over at their own 28.

After a first down, Miami stalled at their 45, and the Browns got the ball back at their 20 after a touchback.

For the first time all day, the Browns then put together a sustained drive, begun with a 20-yard Delhomme-to-Watson pass. The drive stalled with a Miami sack at the Dolphins’ 29 — and Phil Dawson missed from 47. Way to get RID OF THE BALL when you are deep in opponent’s territory rather than take a sack and have to try almost a 50-yarder.

After a nice drive for Cleveland, the game remained tied at three.

Miami took over at its own 37 after the missed field goal try. The Dolphins used a Henne pass to move into Cleveland territory, but the Browns stuffed Miami at the 46, and rather than try another monstrous field goal, Miami pinned the Browns at the six-yard line with a punt.

Jake Delhomme went to work then, with two long completions moving Cleveland into Miami territory, and a 33-yarder set the Browns up in the Red Zone at the Dolphins’ three. The 94-yard drive was capped off by a three-yard Ben Watson touchdown catch, and the Browns had the largest lead of the day at 10-3 with little more than a minute to go in the quarter.

As the period ended the Dolphins had advanced into Cleveland territory to the 46.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.