Chiefs vs. Browns: Final Report Card, Player Grades for Cleveland

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Chiefs vs. Browns: Final Report Card, Player Grades for Cleveland

The Cleveland Browns (5-8) knocked off the Kansas City Chiefs (2-11) by a 30-7 margin at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Week 14 of the 2012 NFL season.

Cleveland won its third-straight game and kept itself mathematically alive for a playoff berth. After beginning the season 0-5, the Browns have now won five of their last eight games.

Things started off rocky for the Browns, though. Jamaal Charles took a hand-off on the first play of the game 80-yards for a Kansas City Chiefs touchdown.

Cleveland responded. It took the ball down the field on its second possession thanks to big plays to Greg Little and Josh Gordon. However, after getting the ball to the Chiefs' 3-yard line, the drive stalled and the Browns settled for a 23-yard Phil Dawson field goal.

It was Dawson's 300th-career field goal.

The opening play of the second quarter saw Travis Benjamin break a 93-yard punt return for a touchdown. Benjamin juked and maneuvered behind his blockers and then turned on a different gear to blow past the Chiefs' coverage team.

The return touchdown is the Browns' first special teams TD of the season and longest in franchise history. Eric Metcalf held the previous record with a 92-yard score.

Cleveland started on its own 40-yard line after the Chiefs' opening second-half kickoff went out of bounds. The Browns didn't squander the field position and marched down the the field, scoring on a 1-yard Trent Richardson TD run.

Brady Quinn's pass was deflected by Sheldon Brown and fell into the hands of undrafted-rookie Tashaun Gipson. Weeden put the Browns inside the Chiefs 5-yard line and into the end zone twice, however the back-to-back touchdowns were negated by consecutive offensive penalties.

Cleveland settled for another Phil Dawson field goal.

Trent Richardson added his second TD of the game on a 1-yard run following a 17-yard scamper by wide receiver Greg Little. Montario Hardesty got the first crack at the end zone and fumbled, but was able to recover. Richardson took it in for the score on the next play.

That touchdown, his ninth of the season, tied Richardson with Jim Brown for the most rushing scores by a Browns running back in franchise history with.

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