Sunday, December 9, 2012
Wrap-up: Browns 30, Chiefs 7
By Jamison Hensley
My thoughts on the Cleveland Browns' 30-7 win to the Kansas City Chiefs at Cleveland Browns Stadium:
What it means: The Browns won their fifth game of the season, which is one more than their total last season. This rout was Cleveland's third win in a row, the Browns' longest winning streak since the end of the 2009 season. It was the largest margin of victory for the Browns in 29 games under coach Pat Shurmur and the largest for the Browns since 2003. The Chiefs fall to 2-11 with former Browns coach Romeo Crennel and former Browns quarterback Brady Quinn.
Making history: Trailing 7-3, Travis Benjamin returned a punt 93 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. It was the longest punt return in the Browns' history. Benjamin is the first rookie with a punt return for a touchdown since Ben Davis in 1967.
Tying Jim Brown: Running back Trent Richardson wasn't the leading rusher for the Browns with 42 yards on 18 carries. But he did make this a memorable game. His two touchdowns pushed his season total to nine, which ties Jim Brown for the most rushing touchdowns by a rookie in Browns history. And Richardson has three games remaining. His second touchdown early in the fourth quarter gave the Browns a 27-7 lead and put away the Chiefs.
Tough start: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles ran for an 80-yard touchdown on the first play from scrimmage. Charles went between the tackles on the left side and was never touched. But the Browns didn't give up another point for the remaining 59 minutes, 48 seconds. It helped that Ryan Succop hit the upright on a 27-yard field goal in the first quarter.
What's next: The Browns host the Redskins.