In Battle of Two Mutts, Browns Almost Win

Justice HillCorrespondent INovember 22, 2009

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 22: Head coach Eric Mangini of the Cleveland Browns congratulates quarterback Brady Quinn #10 after a touchdown pass against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on November 22, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions came from behind to defeat the Browns 38-37. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Two dogs, and one of them had to win Sunday -- one of the two had to prove it was the better of the two mutts.

But better was hard to judge in these dogs, which explains why the Browns hooked up with the Lions to produce one of the most entertaining NFL games of the season. Two even teams thrilled. 

Was their game inside Ford Field an instant classic?

Well, maybe this 38-37 game, which the Browns lost, won't be looked at that way. An instant classic ought be a game that matters, and this game didn't matter a lick. Two dogs can't play NFL games that go down as classics.

All the Browns and Lions did was show that two lousy teams can keep their fans glued in front of a TV set. They might have switched channels if they hadn't been watching a game that resembled Arena Football. The two teams were scoring points at the pace of a pinball game.

Fast-break football has its appeal, and in this game, Browns fans got to see what their prodigal son Brady Quinn might be able to do. For the first time in his NFL career, Quinn played like a quarterback with talent.

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