The Cleveland Browns have the patent on frustrating loses. On a day where Brandon Weeden doesn't throw an interception, the Browns still can't come away with the victory.
The game was marred by the Browns' inability to stop the run or run the ball. We won't know for sure if the Colts run defense came back from the dead to stop the Browns because Pat Shurmur turned off the faucet on the running game. The Browns only had 17 total rushing attempts.
The game included bizarre decision-making by Shurmur, who kept calling for the deep ball with over six minutes left in the game. Even if Josh Gordon could have come down with the touchdown, the Colts still would have had plenty of time to get a go-ahead touchdown.
As the head coach and play-caller, Shurmur, has to see the defense couldn't stop the Colts, and he needed to burn some clock. The decision on 4th-and-1 to punt wouldn't have been so bad if it wasn't complimented by poor execution. The Browns lined up like they were going for it and then called time out only to punt. The punter, Reggie Hodges, only made things worse by not pinning the Colts inside their 10 yard line.
The final nail in the coffin for the Browns was Sheldon Brown's inability to secure the tackle of the Colts running back Vick Ballard, giving them a first down which allowed them to run down the clock to seven seconds. The Browns would get the ball back with one second left, but they can't get the ball in the end zone with the trick play.
In a loss, the Browns have a lot of losers, but they do have a few winners. Yes, there were some winners in this game.
Let's take a look...