Falcons hold on to beat Browns 23-20

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Usually, it’s the Browns that play bully ball with their run game to defeat teams in the second half.

But on Sunday, the Falcons did it and came out on top of Cleveland 23-20.

Atlanta had a 10-play scoring drive on which they ran zero passing plays. Called up from the practice squad this weekend, running back Caleb Huntley took eight carries for 54 yards on the possession — including a 5-yard touchdown.

Though the Browns responded with Nick Chubb’s 28-yard run to regain a 20-17 advantage, Atlanta tied it up with 7:19 left on Younghoe Koo’s 21-yard field goal. Atlanta again ran the ball effectively until they made it down to Cleveland’s 2-yard line, when quarterback Marcus Mariota fumbled a snap and threw an incomplete pass.

He threw another incompletion on third-and-2 to force the field goal attempt.

Cleveland’s defense has blown coverages throughout the season and did so again on what would be Atlanta’s game-winning drive. Mariota found a wide-open Olamide Zaccheaus on the right side on second-and-10 from Atlanta’s 9-yard line, completing a 42-yard pass. A facemask penalty put Atlanta in scoring position, which the club would capitalize on with Koo’s 45-yard field goal.

The Browns had a chance to tie or go ahead. But Brissett was sacked on second-and-15 at Atlanta’s 46. And then Brissett was picked off by cornerback Dee Alford to seal the Falcons’ victory.

Cleveland should have had more points. The team’s opening drive finished unsuccessfully when head coach Kevin Stefanski elected to go for it on fourth-and-3 from Atlanta’s 4-yard line. Brissett threw an incomplete pass out of the end zone when he didn’t find anyone open.

The Browns also had first-and-goal at the 1 late in the second quarter but ended up kicking a 29-yard field goal after a penalty and a pair of incomplete passes.

Now at 2-2, the Falcons will be on the road to take on the Buccaneers next week.

The 2-2 Browns will host the 2-2 Chargers in Week Five.

19 responses to “Falcons hold on to beat Browns 23-20

  1. This team is an embarrassment. As Josh Cribbs once said “we almost always almost win”

  2. Very refreshing to see the Falcons not only run the ball with authority, but also hold the opponent off at the end of the game. Rise Up

  3. If not for that 16 point collapse vs the Saints, the Falcons would be 3-1. Considering they almost came back from 28-3 vs the Rams, you have to consider them a pleasant surprise at 2-2. Well-coached and clearly more talented than expected. Give Ridder a try, maybe they have something in him, too.

  4. Browns 100% out-coaches today…..in every aspect of the game. KS calls games like he thinks he is just smarter than everyone else.

  5. 100% Kevin Stefanskis fault. How many games are we going to lose due to his reckless decisions? He and Woods can pack their ish and go!

  6. Joe Woods needs to go. These defensive backs clearly can’t play zone, yet he continues to dial it up. Couple that with 3 d-lineman missing the game and some horrible decisions by the head coach on offense. How in the heck is Nick Chubb not on the field for the final drive??? He’s the best player on your entire football team!!

  7. Its almost as if it was never bakers fault… that vaunted D blows another late game lead… and stefanski is well… stefanski

  8. cs-lewis says:
    October 2, 2022 at 4:36 pm
    Its almost as if it was never bakers fault… that vaunted D blows another late game lead… and stefanski is well… stefanski
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    ….and Baker is Baker…….Baker was a problem too…..just not the Brown’s problem anymore……let me know when he’s not 5’11” anymore and we’ll talk.

  9. it’s time for Stefanski to be either a head coach or the OC or neither… it’s apparent he can’t be both at the same time….PS, Woods should be fired

  10. Asron rodgers couldnt win with that defense. Baker was never the problem. He isnt great, but he isnt bad by any means.

  11. cs-lewis says:
    October 2, 2022 at 8:06 pm
    Asron rodgers couldnt win with that defense. Baker was never the problem. He isnt great, but he isnt bad by any means.
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    I’m thinking Carolina fans would even disagree with you now…..they are ready to let him “off the chain” based on the boos he got today after laying another egg.

  12. Cooper- one catch for 9 yards. Stefanski is a twit who doesn’t know how to utilize his best players.

  13. You seldom see a D line pushed around like the Browns were late. At this stage in roster building the depth should be much better. I see 4 NFL guys (3 were out) then nothing.

  14. Stefanski needs to give up play calling on concentrate on other duties like WR’s running free with no Brown in sight.

  15. Cleveland’s first 4 games (Panthers, Jets, Steelers, Falcons) couldn’t have been setup much better to go 4-0. They play an injury riddled Chargers team this week (H) followed by a declining Patriots team (H) then the fun begins. Ravens (A), Bengals (H), Dolphins (A), Bills (A) & Bucs (H). If they could have taken care of biz against NYJ & ATLA they’d be in decent shape (hope for playoffs). Now it’s just another down year for my Browns.

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