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Titans hold on late, top Browns 28-26

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor (11) catches a 7-yard touchdown pass as he is defended by Tennessee Titans cornerback Brice McCain, right, and safety Rashad Johnson, left, in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn.(AP Photo/Weston Kenney) AP

Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota had another big game Sunday. The Browns kept it close enough to make it interesting with a late rally, but the Titans held on to win, 28-26.

The Titans led 28-13 in the final five minutes. The Browns scored to make it 28-19 with 2:07 left, but they went for two and didn’t get it, leaving it at a two-possession game.

That miss really stung when the Browns recovered the ensuing onside kick and went down to score again on a Duke Johnson touchdown run with 27 seconds left. The Titans recovered the second onside kick, and the game was over.

Mariota was 17-of-24 for 284 yards and three touchdown passes. He also ran for 64 yards.

Browns rookie Cody Kessler threw for 336 yards and two touchdowns. The Browns played from behind all day and managed just 40 yards rushing, and Kessler was sacked six times. The Browns were hurt by the sacks and by their 3-of-14 success rate on third down.

DeMarco Murray had another rushing touchdown for the Titans but was limited to 65 yards on 21 carries.

The Browns are 0-6. They’re at Cincinnati next week.

The Titans are 3-3 and back in the AFC South race. They host the Colts next week.

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7 Responses to “Titans hold on late, top Browns 28-26”
  1. ballboy48 says: Oct 16, 2016 4:43 PM

    I’d love to see how Kessler does with a decent line. Their running game has also struggled with the patched OL.

  2. oldcracker says: Oct 16, 2016 4:49 PM

    Harvard geniuses – let the vets walk, and we’ll build an O-line of glass. MONEYBALL!

  3. Big Ant TV says: Oct 16, 2016 4:56 PM

    0-16 is coming for my @Browns ugh

  4. laserw says: Oct 16, 2016 5:32 PM

    Winning the Toilet Bowl is no big achievement – but the winner isn’t the Cleveland Dog Piles which is great.

    Cleveland will be winless this year and hopefully their head coach, the know it all, will be canned.

  5. jasons81 says: Oct 16, 2016 5:37 PM

    Kessler showed a lot of poise, I was impressed with him given his inexperience

  6. Jeremy Karp says: Oct 16, 2016 9:02 PM

    Players like Kessler are ones you’d be hard pressed not to respect and enjoy. He took a beating last week against the Patriots, but shook it off and fought and clawed against an improving Titans team.

    Cleveland is better than their record indicates (they’ve been close in all but two games).

    But good job today, Kessler. Love your attitude. Keep on improving.

  7. mrfrostyj says: Oct 16, 2016 9:56 PM

    Kessler’s stats are nearly identical to Dak Prescott and Carson Wentz. Sadly since he’s on a 0 win team the fact that he’s proving he was drafted way too low and Denver probably should have taken him will be completely ignored.

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