The Browns thought that running back Duke Johnson had recovered his own fumble with a little under 10 minutes left at midfield, but the officials ruled that Redskins linebacker Will Compton recovered it.
The ruling that Compton recovered survived a replay review. Several Browns players and coach Hue Jackson protested, but the NFL said after the game “with nothing definitive shown” on several replay angles, there was no evidence to overturn the call.
After taking a 20-17 lead, the Browns turned the ball over on their next three possessions.
The Redskins went three and out and punted after Compton’s recovery, but Josh Norman then intercepted Cody Kessler to set up the Matt Jones touchdown run that provided the final points in a 31-20 win.