Final

Browns 24

(8-5, 3-4 away)

Jets 18

(3-10, 2-5 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:15 PM ET, December 9, 2007

Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ 

1 2 3 4 T
CLE 0 7 7 1024
NYJ 0 3 3 1218

Top Performers

Passing: K. Clemens (NYJ) - 286 YDS, 2 INT

Rushing: J. Lewis (CLE) - 21 CAR, 118 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: J. Cotchery (NYJ) - 6 REC, 119 YDS

Jurevicius recovers 2 late onside kicks to stop rallying Jets

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Jets lined up for an onside kick and tried to steal the game from the Cleveland Browns.

Lucky 13
Braylon Edwards

Braylon Edwards caught his 13th touchdown pass of the season Sunday, tying Gary Collins for a Browns franchise record.

Year Player TDs
2007 Braylon Edwards 13
1963 Gary Collins 13
1968 Paul Warfield 12
1966 Gary Collins 12
1969 Gary Collins 11

Then, Joe Jurevicius got in the Jets' way -- twice.

The wide receiver recovered two late onside kicks to help Cleveland improve its playoff hopes with a slippery 24-18 victory punctuated by a wild final few minutes.

"The game came down to onside kicks and we were fortunate to grab a few," Jurevicius said. "It should never come down to that, but we were able to get two out of three."

Derek Anderson threw two touchdown passes, Jamal Lewis had a touchdown catch and added a 31-yard TD run with 1:22 left, and the Browns (8-5) ruined any plans the Jets (3-10) had of pulling off an upset in a matchup of quarterbacks who were childhood rivals in Oregon.

With the Jets trailing 17-6, Kellen Clemens led New York downfield and scored on a 1-yard sneak with 2:59 left, but his 2-point conversion pass to Chris Baker was incomplete.

"It was a matchup that we liked," Clemens said. "The ball could've been placed better, but it was another opportunity that we had that we let get away."

New York then pulled off a successful onside kick as Brad Smith grabbed the ball, which popped out as he fell and Brad Kassell recovered at the Browns 43.

Jerricho Cotchery, who missed the Jets' last game with an injured finger, started the drive with a 26-yard catch. Two plays later, Thomas Jones ran for 11 yards to the 20. But New York stalled and coach Eric Mangini brought out Mike Nugent to kick a 38-yard field goal, his fourth of the game, that made it 17-15 with 1:43 left.

The Jets tried another onside kick that Jurevicius recovered. Three plays later on a third-and-4, Lewis broke a number of tackle attempts and rumbled into the end zone for a 24-15 lead.

"It was just a good run that kind of finished things off," said Lewis, who had 118 yards on 21 carries. "I was just trying to stay up. They were trying to strip the ball, so they weren't trying to wrap up and tackle."

New York got the ball back and drove for a 35-yard field goal by Nugent on first down with 32 seconds remaining. On another onside kick, Jurevicius again came up with the ball to seal the win.

"I'm not a big fan of them, but it's part of the game," Jurevicius said. "The one place you don't want to be in an NFL game is at the bottom of a pile. Fortunately, I knocked it straight down and I was able to jump on it down there."

Coupled with Pittsburgh's loss to New England, the Browns moved a game behind the AFC North-leading Steelers, though they would lose a tiebreaker because they lost twice to Pittsburgh this season.

Cleveland trails only Jacksonville (9-4) among wild-card contenders in the AFC.

"We're in the playoffs right now." Lewis said. "We've got three games left and we're trying to win all of them."

Both Anderson and Clemens grew up in small towns in Oregon and faced each other a handful of times on the football fields and basketball courts of the Pacific Northwest. With conditions cold and rainy at times, the quarterbacks must have felt right at home at the Meadowlands.

"It was good to see him and talk to him a little bit before the game," Anderson said. "It seemed like I was watching a lot more of him at the end of the game than I wanted to."

Score this latest matchup in favor of Anderson, whose teams have beaten Clemens' three out of four times -- but the first as starting NFL quarterbacks. Anderson's Scappoose High School squad beat Clemens' Burns team in the state semifinals in 2000, but Clemens came out on top three years later when he led Oregon over Oregon State. Anderson had a huge game in the "Civil War" matchup a year later when the Beavers routed the Ducks.

Anderson didn't have an eye-popping performance in this one, but was good enough. He finished 16-of-29 for 185 yards, while Clemens was 24-of-41 for 286 yards, but had two costly interceptions.

"This wasn't about Kellen and Derek before the game, for the players," Clemens said. "It's not about Kellen and Derek afterward."

The Browns broke through in a scoreless game with 1:15 remaining in the first half on Lewis' 7-yard touchdown catch. The drive was prolonged by a 14-yard catch by Braylon Edwards on fourth-and-4, a play that was challenged by coach Eric Mangini but upheld by the officials.

"We were able to keep the game close and keep the game manageable," safety Kerry Rhodes said. "As the game wore on, they made a few plays with all their playmakers and they made more plays than we did in the end."

On the Browns' third play in the second half, Anderson completed a 45-yard pass to Edwards, who leaped over Darrelle Revis. Two plays later, Edwards made a one-handed grab over Revis in the end zone to give Cleveland a 14-3 lead.

Game notes


Edwards' TD catch was his 13th, tying the single-season team mark set by Gary Collins in 1963. ... Rhodes extended his interceptions streak to four games. ... Cotchery finished with six catches for 119 yards, despite having his injured right index finger heavily wrapped.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Cleveland
NY Jets
1st Downs1826
3rd down efficiency
5-122-12
4th down efficiency
1-12-2
Total Yards337387
Yards per play5.85.2
Total Drives22
Passing185268
Comp-Att
16-2924-41
Yards per pass
6.46.5
Interceptions thrown
12
Sacks-Yards Lost
0-04-18
Rushing152119
Rushing Attempts
2930
Yards per rush
5.24.0
Penalties4-292-9
Turnovers12
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
12
Possession27:5932:01

Passing Leaders

CLEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Anderson16/291856.4210-0
NYJC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Clemens24/412867.0024-18

Rushing Leaders

CLECARYDSAVGTDLG
Lewis211185.6131
Harrison22110.5017
NYJCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones241064.4017
Clemens382.715

Receiving Leaders

CLERECYDSAVGTDLG
Edwards36321.0145
Winslow4348.5016
NYJRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cotchery611919.8032
Coles7486.9012

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERCLENYJ
TD01:15Jamal Lewis 7 Yd Pass From Derek Anderson (Phil Dawson Kick) 70
FG00:00Mike Nugent 35 Yd 73
THIRD QUARTERCLENYJ
TD12:32Braylon Edwards 4 Yd Pass From Derek Anderson (Phil Dawson Kick) 143
FG02:50Mike Nugent 41 Yd 146
FOURTH QUARTERCLENYJ
FG12:59Phil Dawson 49 Yd 176
TD02:59Kellen Clemens 1 Yd Run (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 1712
FG01:43Mike Nugent 38 Yd 1715
TD01:22Jamal Lewis 31 Yd Run (Phil Dawson Kick) 2415
FG00:32Mike Nugent 35 Yd 2418