What's the opposite of a barnburner? In any case, that's what we saw early Sunday afternoon in a game that mainly tested the tenacity of the defense. When the final whistle sounded, it was the Browns who made bigger plays when it mattered most.
Both teams indicated early that this would be a battle fought mostly on the ground. With Ryan Mathews and Trent Richardson trading the weight of their respective offenses, the difference came in their notable plays. For Mathews, it was an early fumble. For Richardson, it was a 26-yard touchdown run that was ultimately enough to pull off the win.
In a less-than-flashy game, it can be difficult to identify blatant winners and losers. However, a few Browns came up big at crucial moments. Others made questionable decisions that could have proven costly if luck had shifted in the wrong direction. In no particular order, here were the for-better-or-worse difference-makers.