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Bengals vs. Browns 2012: Winning feels good in Cleveland

The Cleveland Browns got their first win of the season with a 34-24 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

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The Cleveland Browns were able to notch their first win of the season on Sunday with a 34-24 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. The return of cornerback Joe Haden paid instant dividends on defense and the Browns were able to get enough offense for the win even with rookie running back Trent Richardson suffering a rib injury.

Chris Pokorny at Dawgs By Nature says the game started with an uneasy feeling, but the Browns fourth quarter performance earned them the win. Sheldon Brown's fourth quarter pick-six gave the Browns a 34-17 lead, seemingly icing the victory, but as Pokorny points out, "since this is Cleveland, Browns fans still sweated out the rest of the game a bit."

A 57-yard A.J. Green touchdown got the Bengals to within 10, but Cleveland was able to force two Cincinnati turnovers on the next two Bengals drives. The Browns finally snapped their 11-game losing streak, and Pokorny says "winning feels good."

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