Final

Giants 14

(4-1, 1-1 away)

Browns 35

(2-3, 1-2 home)

Coverage: ESPN/WatchESPN

8:30 PM ET, October 13, 2008

FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH 

1 2 3 4 T
NYG 0 14 0 014
CLE 3 14 3 1535

Top Performers

Passing: D. Anderson (CLE) - 310 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: D. Ward (NYG) - 10 CAR, 101 YDS

Receiving: B. Edwards (CLE) - 5 REC, 154 YDS, 1 TD

Browns click on offense, frustrate Eli, Giants for 1st MNF win since 1993

Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Through weeks of frustration, injuries and a near-quarterback change, the Cleveland Browns never lost hope in this season.

On Monday night, they may have saved it.

Fast Facts

• The Browns rolled up 455 yards of offense, their most since Week 2 last season. Cleveland also got their first three plays of 30 or more yards from scrimmage this season (they entered the game as the only NFL team without one).

• The Giants had their streak of 11 straight road wins snapped (regular season and postseason combined), which had been tied for the second-longest in NFL history.

• Eli Manning threw three interceptions after throwing just two in his last eight regular and postseason games combined.

-- ESPN research

With quarterback Derek Anderson outplaying Eli Manning, Braylon Edwards making big catches and Eric Wright returning an interception 94 yards for a touchdown, the Browns won on Monday night for the first time since 1993, ending New York's 11-game road winning streak with a 35-14 win over the defending Super Bowl champions.

Anderson, whose job was in serious jeopardy just a few weeks ago and may have been down to one more loss, threw one of his two touchdown passes to Edwards, who announced his team's return to the NFL's prime-time weekday slot by performing a cartwheel and back flip during pregame introductions and then making the Giants look foolish.

In their first four games, the Browns (2-3) had shown no signs of living up to high expectations following a 10-6 season. They had dropped their first two games at home, lost three in a row overall and only a win over winless Cincinnati to show so far in 2008.

Now, they've got something to brag about.

"This is us," Anderson said. "These were the guys who made plays all last season."

Anderson finished 18-for-29 for 310 yards, Edwards caught five passes for a career-high 154 yards and Jamal Lewis scored on a 4-yard run for the Browns, who handed the Giants (4-1) their first loss, leaving the Tennessee Titans as the NFL's only unbeaten team.

Manning was picked off three times and the Giants, so dominant through their first four games, were roughed up by the Browns.

In the closing minutes, Browns fans chanted "Over-rated" at the high-profile New Yorkers.

Aside from some more silly penalties, the Browns were superior to the Giants, who had reeled off 11 straight wins -- 12 counting the Super Bowl -- outside of New Jersey since Week 1 last season. But Manning was not himself and New York, which embarrassed Cleveland during the exhibition season, missed an opportunity to open a two-game lead in the brutal NFC East.

"I threw three interceptions," Manning said. "That's unacceptable. That's not the way we win games. You're going to lose a game every once in a while, but we don't like the way we played. That's what's disappointing."

Edwards' 11-yard TD reception on the first play of the fourth quarter gave the Browns a 27-14 lead, and he punctuated it with a reverse dunk over the goal post. The score capped an 87-yard drive which was bogged down by five Cleveland penalties. In all, the Browns went 117 yards on the drive.

"Forward, backward, forward, backward," said tight end Steve Heiden, who had five catches while starting for injured Pro Bowler Kellen Winslow. "At least we got in there."

The Giants then drove to the Cleveland 9, but on second-and-4, Manning locked onto wide receiver Amani Toomer, allowing Wright time to dart in front, make the interception and tiptoe down the sideline to the end zone. It was a satisfying turn for Wright, who was burned twice by the Giants during the Aug. 18 matchup.

"He held the ball a little longer and that allowed me to make a play," Wright said. "I tried to give myself some room so I could stay in bounds and I lucked out."

While Browns fans danced in the aisles, Anderson hit Edwards for the 2-point conversion to put the Browns ahead by 21.

"This springboards us into our second season," Edwards said. "The first three losses are over. We have 11 games left to play like we did tonight."

Manning went 18-of-28 for 196 yards and threw a 22-yard TD pass to Plaxico Burress, who was back after serving a one-game suspension for violating team rules.

Moments after New York went up 7-3 on Brandon Jacobs' 7-yard run, Edwards turned cornerback Aaron Ross around with a nice outside fake and hauled in a 70-yard pass from Anderson to set up Cleveland's first TD, a 4-yard run by Lewis.

On the Browns' next possession, Anderson put together his best-looking drive of the season. Given time to throw, he made all the correct reads and went 5-for-5 for 74 yards, threading a 22-yard TD pass over the middle to backup tight end Darnell Dinkins to give Cleveland a 17-7 halftime lead.

Manning countered with an 80-yard scoring drive -- helped by a critical Cleveland penalty -- to pull the Giants within 17-14. From the 3, he lofted a perfect TD pass to Burress, who easily ran past defensive back Terry Cousin. Three plays earlier, Manning had been sacked and fumbled on third down, but Browns safety Mike Adams was called for illegal contact, giving New York a first down.

Browns defensive end Corey Williams had provided the Giants with some bulletin-board material leading into the game. Williams, who was with Green Bay last season and lost to New York in the NFC title game, had said Cleveland's defense planned to "hit him [Jacobs] in the mouth" and that "there ain't nothing physical" about the Giants' offensive line.

Williams also said he was going to try to knock Jacobs' head off, remarks that were prominently displayed on the back pages of New York's tabloid newspapers.

After Jacobs barreled through several Cleveland defenders for his TD early in the second quarter, he jawed with Williams.

It was the Browns, though, who got the last word.

Game notes


Cleveland did not punt for the first time since 1995. ... Lewis (9,428) had 88 yards and passed Hall of Famer Earl Campbell for 25th on the career rushing list. ... Giants LB Antonio Pierce injured his quadriceps in the first quarter but returned. ... The Browns improved to 13-13 on Monday night.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NYG
CLE
1st Downs2320
Passing 1st downs
1411
Rushing 1st downs
89
1st downs from penalties
10
3rd down efficiency
5-99-13
4th down efficiency
0-10-0
Total Plays5459
Total Yards373454
Yards per play6.97.7
Total Drives89
Passing192310
Comp-Att
18-2818-29
Yards per pass
6.610.7
Interceptions thrown
30
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-40-0
Rushing181144
Rushing Attempts
2530
Yards per rush
7.24.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-42-4
Penalties5-3810-55
Turnovers30
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
30
Defensive / Special Teams TDs01
Possession27:3532:25

Passing Leaders

NYGC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Manning18/281967.0131-4
CLEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Anderson18/2931010.7200-0

Rushing Leaders

NYGCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ward1010110.1018
Jacobs14674.8111
CLECARYDSAVGTDLG
Lewis21884.2113
Harrison24120.5033

Receiving Leaders

NYGRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith99410.4021
Burress45814.5125
CLERECYDSAVGTDLG
Edwards515430.8170
Heiden55911.8017

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNYGCLE
cleFG10:11Phil Dawson 28 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 69 yds, 4:52
03
SECOND QUARTERNYGCLE
nygTD12:16Brandon Jacobs, 7 yd run (John Carney kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 58 yds, 3:24
73
cleTD11:14Jamal Lewis, 4 yd run (Phil Dawson kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 74 yds, 0:59
710
cleTD2:23Darnell Dinkins, 22 yd pass from Derek Anderson (Phil Dawson kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 77 yds, 5:36
717
nygTD0:17Plaxico Burress, 3 yd pass from Eli Manning (John Carney kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 2:03
1417
THIRD QUARTERNYGCLE
cleFG11:58Phil Dawson 26 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 38 yds, 2:53
1420
FOURTH QUARTERNYGCLE
cleTD15:00Braylon Edwards, 11 yd pass from Derek Anderson (Phil Dawson kick is good)
Drive info: 14 plays, 87 yds, 8:16
1427
cleTD8:22Eric Wright, 94 yd interception return(Derek Anderson pass to Braylon Edwards for 2pt conversion)
Drive info: 10 plays, 77 yds, 6:48
1435