The Cleveland Browns came into this game riding a three-game winning streak. After starting 0-2 on the season the Browns traded away last year’s No. 3 overall draft pick Trent Richardson and seemed prepared to tank the season, they moved third-string Brian Hoyer into the line up and went on a three-game winning streak.
The Browns came into this game against the Detroit Lions looking to keep that streak alive.
In the first quarter the Detroit Lions struck first with a one yard touchdown pass to celebration specialist Joseph Fauria. The Lions were able to hold onto that 7-0 lead until the second quarter when the Browns offense got going.
Early in the second quarter Brandon Weeden threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Chris Ogbonnaya to tie the game. That score capped a 8 play 74 yard drive. As the half was winding down, the Browns were in the red zone again. This time Weeden found wide receiver Greg Little for a 2-yard touchdown reception, capping a 9 play 84 yard drive.
The Lions got the ball back with 1:16 left on the half, threw three straight incomplete passes using up only 26 seconds of play clock before punting to the Browns.
The Browns drove down the field and added on a field goal before the half ended to take a 17-7 lead.
On the Lions’ first possession of the second half, they were able to drive the field and score on a 19 yard touchdown pass to running back Reggie Bush. The Browns punted to the Lions to start the fourth quarter.
That first drive of the fourth quarter gave the Lions the lead. After driving 67 yards down the field on 8 plays, Stafford found Fauria again on a 23 yard touchdown pass to take a 21-17 lead. Roughly four minutes later David Akers added three points with a 51 yard field goal to give them a 24-17 lead.
With two minutes left to go in the game, Fauria found the end zone a third tome, this time on a 10-yard pass from Stafford. That gave the Lions a 31-17 lead and the win.