1:00 PM ET, December 30, 2007
FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH
CLEVELAND (AP) -- As their turnaround season ended inside a dome hundreds of miles away, the Cleveland Browns could only watch -- and wonder.Despite 10 wins, the Browns, who won just four games last season, were left out of the AFC playoffs after the Tennessee Titans won 16-10 in Indianapolis on Sunday night to clinch the final wild-card spot and set up a first-round game in San Diego.
With a victory in hand, all the Browns could do was wait. Cleveland's playoff hopes were dashed, though, when the Titans beat the Colts. The Browns became just the fifth team to miss the postseason after a 10-win year.
|2007||CLE||10-6||2nd AFC North|
|2005||KC||10-6||2nd AFC West|
|2003||MIA||10-6||2nd AFC East|
|1991||PHI||10-6||3rd NFC East|
|1991||SF||10-6||3rd NFC West|
Braylon Edwards set the Browns' franchise record for receiving yards in a season with his 67 yards Sunday.
Dawson set a club record for points by a kicker with 120 -- 6 shy of tying Hall of Famer Jim Brown's overall team mark. ... 49ers rookie CB Tarell Brown suffered a right knee injury and left the stadium on crutches. ... Lewis, who signed a one-year contract with Cleveland in March, became the 26th back to surpass 9,000 career yards. He expects to be back with the Browns next season.
The 49ers’ special teams decided to disregard the game-changing abilities of Cleveland’s Pro Bowl return man Josh Cribbs, and San Francisco paid dearly, to the tune of a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter. The 49ers also rolled the dice in their secondary early in the second quarter by rolling their safety down to cover Browns TE Kellen Winslow, leaving no help over the top as Browns WR Braylon Edwards outran the cornerback on a post route for a touchdown. Those two scores provided the winning margin as the Browns gave themselves a chance to make the postseason.
-- Marwan Maalouf, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||3.6||5.5|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||01:37||Josh Cribbs 76 Yd Punt Return (Phil Dawson Kick)||0||7|
|TD||11:44||Braylon Edwards 45 Yd Pass From Derek Anderson (Phil Dawson Kick)||0||14|
|TD||03:20||Darrell Jackson 7 Yd Pass From Chris Weinke (Joe Nedney Kick)||7||14|
|FG||01:04||Phil Dawson 23 Yd||7||17|
|FG||10:16||Phil Dawson 49 Yd||7||20|