Another Miracle Win for Patriots over Browns

Mike DussaultSenior Analyst IDecember 8, 2013

USA Today

The 10-3 New England Patriots defeated the 4-9 Cleveland Browns, 27-26, in arguably their most impossible comeback of the season.

The Pats were down 26-14 with 2:43 remaining in the game and would score two touchdowns in the remaining span to pull out the unlikely victory and retain possession of the second overall seed in the AFC.

The Browns put together a solid first drive, but were stopped inside the Patriots 30-yard line and had to settle for a field goal and the early 3-0 lead.

A Tom Brady interception capped another slow start for the Patriots and set the Browns up with good field position. The defense would hold inside the red zone and the Browns settled for a 6-0 lead in the second quarter.

The first half ended as a defensive struggle, with eight total punts. Both offenses struggled to sustain drives. Tom Brady was 7-of-19 for 95 yards and an interception in the first half, while Jason Campbell was 14-of-23 for 125 yards.

The Patriots failed to turn things immediately around on their first possession of the second half. After a nice gain to Rob Gronkowski, a holding penalty on Ryan Wendell and a sack of Brady set them back.

The Browns took over and put together the first touchdown drive for either team. The two-point conversion would fail, leaving the Browns with a 12-0 lead early in the the third quarter.

Rob Gronkowski would be carted off after taking a vicious blow directly to his knee and Tom Brady would lose a fumble on the next play, but the Browns were unable to capitalize.

The Pats would put their first scoring drive of the day together, a 33-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski, that cut the lead to 12-3.

But the Browns would respond on the next play with an 80-yard catch-and-run by Josh Gordon.

The Pats would come up with an explosive play of their own on their next possession, with Brady finding Shane Vereen for a 51-yard bomb. Vereen would finish the drive with the Pats' first touchdown of the day. Julian Edelman caught the two-point conversion and the lead was down to 19-11.

The Pats would add a field goal to cut the lead to 19-14 with just under six minutes to play.

But the Browns would seal the game with an impressive final drive that finished with a Jordan Cameron touchdown to put them up 26-14.

Tom Brady put together an impressive 11-play, 82-yard drive, capping it with a touchdown throw to Julian Edelman. 

The Patriots would recover the onside kick and another miracle comeback was underway. A pass interference penalty in the end zone set the Pats up on the Browns' 1-yard line. Brady would find Danny Amendola for the go-ahead touchdown.

The two-point conversion was no good, giving the Pats a slim one-point lead.

The Browns would mount a drive at the end with no timeouts, giving Billy Cundiff a shot at a 57-yard field goal. It would fall short and the Patriots would escape with perhaps their most miraculous win in a season that has been full of them.