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Questionable call helps Browns draw even

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The Jaguars and Browns are tied 7-7 at the half in Cleveland after a questionable call by referee Terry McAulay helped the Browns get into the end zone.

On a second down play inside the Jacksonville red zone, Jaguars safety Dawan Landry was flagged for interfering with Browns running back Chris Ogbonnaya on a pass into the end zone. Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio challenged the play and argued that the ball was tipped at the line which meant Landry did nothing wrong. Replays appeared to back up Del Rio’s assertion, but McAulay ruled that the call stood and Ogbonnaya broke a streak of 194 Browns carries without a touchdown two plays later.

That capped the most impressive burst of offense from the Browns as Colt McCoy finally hit some passes down the field and moved the team swiftly down the field. Until that point it had been a pretty typical day for the Browns with a lot of short passes and ineffectual runs leading to punts.

The Jaguars offense wasn’t much better, although Blaine Gabbert did put together one long drive of his own to pick up Jacksonville’s only points of the half. The Jags held the ball for nearly 10 minutes on an 18-play, 92-yard march that featured four third-down conversions. Maurice Jones-Drew scored from six yards out and then threw a dagger at the Cleveland crowd by celebrating with an imitation of LeBron James’ pregame chalk toss.

Gabbert has looked better than in previous weeks, but neither he nor McCoy are leading offenses that figure to provide many fireworks the rest of the way.

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4 Responses to “Questionable call helps Browns draw even”
  1. vanislebob says: Nov 20, 2011 2:40 PM

    Woah, let me guess… this “blown call” hilights the need to double the number of officials on the field plus have a mandatory video review by a panel of seven off-field officials for every play, right?

  2. thefiesty1 says: Nov 20, 2011 2:59 PM

    Blown calls happen all the time, let it go. It won’t make much difference anyway since the Brownies don’t have any teammates for Colt to have any success.

  3. jagmania65 says: Nov 20, 2011 3:35 PM

    Blown calls do happen all the time – but you would think if you could see it clear as day on the CBS replay, then the review official could see it under the hood…

    That’s the problem with two 3-6 teams playing each other – we get the 3-6 officials…

  4. brownyelf says: Nov 20, 2011 10:09 PM

    How about the blown field goal call? Or the garbage Pass interference penalties…on both teams. That was an awfully officiated game. Terry McAulay was really trying to get more bottles thrown at his head

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