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Monday, November 18, 2013
Loss produces first in Browns history

By Pat McManamon

CINCINNATI -- If it seems like the Cleveland Browns accomplished something unusual in their 21-point loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, it’s because they did.

The Browns had a blocked punt returned for a touchdown and a fumble returned for a touchdown.

That's a daily double that hasn't happened in the NFL in three years, since the Raiders did it against San Diego on Oct. 10, 2010, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

As for the Browns, Sunday was the first time it happened in team history.

That’s right, since the Browns entered the NFL in 1950, they had never had a blocked punt and a fumble returned for a touchdown in the same game.

Until Sunday.

For good measure, it’s also the first blocked punt against the Browns in 20 years.

And ... the Browns almost hit the trifecta, because Bengals linebacker James Harrison returned an interception for a touchdown -- except it was called back by a penalty.

It was part of the disastrous second quarter, when the game unraveled and the Browns turned a 13-0 lead into a 31-13 halftime deficit.