Final

Browns 20

(4-8, 1-5 away)

Raiders 17

(3-9, 2-4 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:25 PM ET, December 2, 2012

O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CA 

1 2 3 4 T
CLE 0 10 3 720
OAK 0 3 7 717

Top Performers

Passing: B. Weeden (CLE) - 364 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: T. Richardson (CLE) - 20 CAR, 72 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: B. Myers (OAK) - 14 REC, 130 YDS, 1 TD

Brandon Weeden passes for 364 yards as Browns end road skid

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Nursing a three-point lead and backed up to the shadow of his own goal posts, rookie Brandon Weeden engineered a touchdown drive that gave the Cleveland Browns a happy plane ride home for a change and hope for a much brighter future.

Weeden threw for a career-high 364 yards and a touchdown and made key plays on the clinching 94-yard drive that helped the Browns snap a 12-game road losing streak by beating the Oakland Raiders 20-17 on Sunday.

"That was kind of a statement," Weeden said. "We strung together a lot of really good plays. That shows the potential we have as an offense, and that's encouraging. We had a lot of guys make different plays."

Weeden hit fellow rookie Josh Gordon on a 44-yard score in the second quarter and Trent Richardson scored on a 3-yard run after Sheldon Brown made a key interception deep in Cleveland territory when the Raiders (3-9) were driving for the potential tying or go-ahead score in the fourth quarter.

It all added up to the first road win for the Browns (4-8) since beating Indianapolis 27-19 in the second game of the 2011 season.

The skid started a few weeks later with a loss in Oakland and went deep into this season.

"You don't want streaks like that," coach Pat Shurmur said. "Let's face it, over the last few years we haven't done a great job of winning games. And so, as we take this journey with this young football team, they're starting to learn."

The Raiders have lost five straight for the first time since a six-game losing streak in Lane Kiffin's first year as coach in 2006 and have been eliminated from playoff contention for a 10th straight year.

There was more bad news after the game as Oakland coach Dennis Allen had to fly to the Dallas area to be with his father, former NFL linebacker Grady Allen, who has a serious health issue. Dennis Allen is expected to rejoin the team Wednesday night, a day before the Raiders host Denver.

The biggest blunder for the Raiders came when rookie Juron Criner used a double move to get behind Brown and Carson Palmer underthrew the deep ball with Oakland already in position for a game-tying field goal.

Brown intercepted the pass at the 6-yard line and Weeden engineered an impressive drive beginning with 9:31 to play.

"I was trying to take a shot there, go for the touchdown quickly and just didn't put the ball in the right spot, didn't give Juron a chance to make a play on the ball," Palmer said.

Weeden completed an 11-yard pass on third-and-3 to Gordon to get the Browns started and also had a big 22-yard pass to tight end Benjamin Watson.

Weeden then converted a fourth-and-1 sneak from the Oakland 45 and Desmond Bryant jumped offside on a third-and-1 from the Raiders 10.

Richardson scored two plays later to give the Browns a 20-10 lead with 3:27 to go as the Browns won for the fourth time in seven games since an 0-5 start to match last season's win total.

"Probably a defining drive of the season," Brown said. "We had an opportunity to see the character of that offense."

The Browns have been improved defensively of late and Weeden had one of his best games as a pro. He completed 25 of 36 passes and overcame two first-half interceptions to lead the impressive late drive against a banged-up secondary that lost safeties Matt Giordano and Mike Mitchell and cornerback Phillip Adams to concussions.

Richardson ran for 72 yards and Gordon had six catches for 116 yards as Cleveland took advantage of Oakland's struggling defense.

"We can't stop the run, we can't stop the pass," Raiders cornerback Michael Huff said. "Things just aren't going well on defense. Right now I guess we're just a bad defense. We can't really hide it. At this point, the numbers don't really allow it. We're just bad right now."

Palmer was 34 for 54 for 351 yards, including a 64-yard touchdown to rookie Rod Streater. He added a 17-yard TD pass to Brandon Myers with 1 second left but it was too late. Myers caught 14 passes for 130 yards, tying Tim Brown's franchise record for catches in a game.

Oakland showed signs of life late in the third quarter when Desmond Bryant blocked a 28-yard field goal attempt by Phil Dawson.

Four plays later, Streater made a good adjustment on a deep pass from Palmer that cut Cleveland's lead to 13-10. But that's as close as the Raiders got.

After getting outscored by 90 points during what general manager Reggie McKenzie recently described as a "terrible November," the Raiders didn't get off to a much better start in December.

They punted on their first four possessions of the game and fell behind 10-0 as Dawson kicked a 41-yard field goal early in the second quarter and Gordon beat Ron Bartell deep on a 44-yard touchdown pass later in the second.

Sebastian Janikowski got Oakland on the board with a 51-yard field goal, but was wide right on a 61-yarder at the end of the half.

Game notes


Dawson had made a career-high 29 straight FGs before the block. ... Janikowski kicked his 40th FG of at least 50 yards, tied with Morten Andersen for fourth most all time. ... The attendance of 43,641 is lowest at Oakland since the Raiders drew 32,218 on Oct. 3, 2010.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CLE
OAK
1st Downs2325
Passing 1st downs
1420
Rushing 1st downs
85
1st downs from penalties
10
3rd down efficiency
3-119-16
4th down efficiency
2-21-1
Total Plays6772
Total Yards475429
Yards per play7.16.0
Total Drives1010
Passing353344
Comp-Att
25-3634-54
Yards per pass
9.56.3
Interceptions thrown
21
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-111-7
Rushing12285
Rushing Attempts
3017
Yards per rush
4.15.0
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-00-0
Penalties2-259-65
Turnovers21
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
21
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession32:3027:30

Passing Leaders

CLEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Weeden25/3636410.1121-11
OAKC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Palmer34/543516.5211-7

Rushing Leaders

CLECARYDSAVGTDLG
Richardson20723.619
Hardesty5397.8019
OAKCARYDSAVGTDLG
Stewart9465.1014
Reece7365.1012

Receiving Leaders

CLERECYDSAVGTDLG
Gordon611619.3144
Watson68013.3022
OAKRECYDSAVGTDLG
Myers141309.3121
Streater39632.0164

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERCLEOAK
cleFG13:05Phil Dawson 41 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 13 plays, 57 yds, 6:27
30
cleTD10:33Josh Gordon 44 Yard Pass From Brandon Weeden (Phil Dawson Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 62 yds, 0:49
100
oakFG4:33Sebastian Janikowski 51 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 37 yds, 2:44
103
THIRD QUARTERCLEOAK
cleFG9:56Phil Dawson 35 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 48 yds, 5:09
133
oakTD0:26Rod Streater 64 Yard Pass From Carson Palmer (Sebastian Janikowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 80 yds, 1:41
1310
FOURTH QUARTERCLEOAK
cleTD3:31Trent Richardson 3 Yard Run (Phil Dawson Kick is Good)
Drive info: 14 plays, 94 yds, 6:04
2010
oakTD0:06Brandon Myers 17 Yard Pass From Carson Palmer (Sebastian Janikowski Kick is Good)
Drive info: 16 plays, 119 yds, 3:26
2017

Research Notes

Brandon Weeden passed for a career high 364 yards and threw his only touchdown to fellow rookie Josh Gordon. Down the left sideline, Gordon beat one-on-one coverage and finished on the other end of a pass that traveled 38 yards in the air. He and Ravens wideout Torrey Smith each have five touchdowns on throws of 15 air yards or more, tied for the NFL lead.

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