Chargers hang on to defeat Browns 30-28

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The Chargers were able to hang on and win a back-and-forth game over the Browns 30-28 — a game they almost lost with a curious coaching decision late in the game.

Los Angeles faced fourth-and-2 at their own 46 with 1:14 on the clock and Cleveland had no timeouts. The Chargers initially lined up to go for it but called timeout, presumably to send out the punt team and make Cleveland drive the length of the field.

But instead, the Chargers tried to win it by actually going for it. And quarterback Justin Herbert’s pass fell incomplete for a critical turnover on downs.

The Browns then got in position to win the game with quarterback Jacoby Brissett’s 10-yard pass over the middle to receiver Amari Cooper. But Cade York pushed his 54-yard field goal with 16 seconds left wide right — bailing out Staley and sending the Chargers back to the West Coast a winner.

It was the second missed field goal of the day for York, who also missed a 45-yard attempt wide right at the end of the first half.

The Browns also had a chance to go ahead on their previous drive, but Brissett threw an interception on third-and-7 from the Chargers’ 9-yard line. It looked like Brissett had a lane to run at least for a first down, but he tried to hit Cooper in the end zone and the pass was picked off by safety Alohi Gilman.

The Chargers and Browns ran the hell out of the ball with Los Angeles totaling 238 yards and Cleveland totaling 213. Austin Ekeler led the way with 173 yards, including a 71-yard run.

Quarterback Justin Herbert had a solid day, completing 22-of-34 passes for 228 yards with a touchdown. Receiver Mike Williams was the main target in the passing game, recording 10 catches for 134 yards.

On the other side, Brissett finished 21-of-34 for 230 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Running back Nick Chubb finished with 134 yards on 17 carries with a pair of touchdowns.

Now at 3-2, the Chargers host the Broncos next Monday night.

The 2-3 Browns will host the Patriots in Week Six.

19 responses to “Chargers hang on to defeat Browns 30-28

  1. If the Brown’s ownership didn’t force their players to dress like a turd maybe they wouldn’t play like one!

  2. Why are teams going for all these dumb 4th downs? The Lions 0-6 on 4th down today, the Chargers nearly throwing the game away for absolutely no reason. Be aggressive within reason.

  3. Looks like YORK is not the guaranteed kicker like Evan McPherson the Browns we’re hoping for.

  4. A curious decision? That was being extremely generous. A criminally insane decision more like it!

    Time for the Sean Payton era?!?

  5. Fire Staley. How many times does he have to prove the moment is too big for him. Oh and a “defensive” coach making the defense worse every year is another problem. This guy makes me miss *shudder* Mike McCoy – gross.

  6. We’ve lost a lot of close games that seemed winnable. But at this point the pattern, as well as our record, indicates that the Browns just aren’t a very good football team.

  7. Love Josh Cribbs comment we know how to almost win. Stefanski play calling is the worst and our kicker needs a lot of work miss 2 field goal that could have won the game

  8. The Browns need to fire Joe Woods. There is too much talent on this defense to be giving up all of these chunk plays. 238 rushing yards? Ridiculous.

  9. They have “given away at least 2 games”

    They have lost all 3 games by a collective 6 points so they have given away all 3.

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