Matthew Stafford throws 3 TD passes as Lions beat Browns

Lynette Rowe
November 13, 2017

In his first game since the Browns tried to trade for AJ McCarron, DeShone Kizer was busy showing coach Hue Jackson that he didn't need to call upon an old friend to run his offense effectively.

Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Deshone Kizer returned to the field late in the fourth quarter against the Detroit.

Kizer was having his best game of the season before suffering a rib injury that forced him to the locker room.

After Abdullah sprung a 19-yard burst on the first play of the drive, fellow rusher Theo Riddick ran for 10 yards, and then, caught a seven-yard throw from Stafford. Crowell finished it off with a 6-yard run.

DeValve's Bad Day - DeValve cost the Browns a 29-yard completion to Britt down to the 15 with a holding penalty. He remains unsigned and has filed a complaint that team owners colluded against him because of the protests - aimed at police brutality against African-Americans and other issues. Duke Johnson's run was ruled enough for a first down.

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It was 24-24 when he took a hard shot to the ribs by Quandre Diggs with six seconds left in the third quarter and had to leave the field. They hit 89 when Ameer Abdullah ran up the gut for 9 yards and a TD to tie the game at 10 with 10:25 left in the first half.

On the next drive, Kizer scored on a 1-yard sneak to make it 24-17.

Unfortunately for the Browns, Stafford responded with two touchdown passes of his own to go ahead 31-24. He did return to the game, but by that point the deficit was too large with too little time left.

Garrett has four sacks in just three games this year, and was considered one of the best pass-rushing prospects in recent years coming out of Texas A&M.

Finding the formula: It took a while but the Browns finally found their running game - and they used it. Cleveland ran for 201 yards in the loss, 118 in the second half. He was stripped by Detroit cornerback Nevin Lawson, who scooped it up and ran 44 yards to the house for a 17-10 Lions lead with 3:55 left in the first half, after a 9-yard completion from Kizer. It was a odd play by the Browns, who did not have a timeout left. The Browns stalled again in the red zone though, with Kizer overthrowing David Njoku out the right side of the end zone on third down.

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