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Monday, January 6, 2014
Plays that shaped a season: No. 10

By Pat McManamon

Any season always leaves memorable moments and plays that linger. Taken together, they shape a season. We’ll take a daily look at the 10 plays that shaped the Cleveland Browns season every day for two weeks (Monday through Friday), starting today.

The play: (Tie) Jordan Cameron's game-winning touchdown reception against the Minnesota Vikings, and Josh Gordon's 95-yard touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The situation: Cameron’s catch was his third touchdown of the game, and it ended a game-winning drive led by Brian Hoyer to beat the Vikings. Gordon’s electrifying play put the Browns ahead of Jacksonville in a game they should have won.

The reason it mattered: For what they represent, because both players established themselves in 2013 as legitimate foundation players for the future. Cameron blossomed into an every-down tight end with good hands who can get down the field; his blocking improved all season too. Gordon’s touchdown made the first player in NFL history to have consecutive 200-yard games, and allowed him to display his rare combination of size, strength and speed. These two players give the Browns much of their hope for 2014 and beyond.