Final

Jaguars 17

(7-9, 2-6 away)

Browns 23

(5-11, 3-5 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, January 3, 2010

FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH 

1 2 3 4 T
JAX 3 0 0 1417
CLE 3 10 7 323

Top Performers

Passing: D. Garrard (JAX) - 202 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Harrison (CLE) - 33 CAR, 127 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: Z. Miller (JAX) - 8 REC, 69 YDS, 2 TD

Browns drop Jaguars for team's first 4-game win streak since '94

Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Numbed by a frigid shower on a frostbitten Sunday, Eric Mangini triumphantly walked off the field following his first season as Cleveland's coach.

He doesn't know if he'll back.

Jerome Harrison rushed for 127 yards and a touchdown and Josh Cribbs ran for a TD as the Browns beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 23-17 on Sunday, giving Cleveland its first four-game winning streak since 1994 to push Mangini into an uncertain offseason with momentum to fight for his job.

Fast Facts

• The Browns ended the season with four straight wins, their longest single-season win streak since a five-game win streak in 1994.

• Cleveland won despite getting just 86 passing yards from Derek Anderson. In fact, in three of the games during the win streak, the Browns threw for fewer than 100 yards.

• Jerome Harrison rushed for 127 yards with a TD to finish with three straight 100-yard games. His 561 rushing yards over the final three weeks of the season were the second most since 1960.

• The Jaguars finished with four straight losses to go 7-9, their second straight losing season.

• Bloggers' wrapups

• Rapid reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Mangini will likely meet with new team president Mike Holmgren in the next day or two to discuss his future. When the Browns (5-11) were 1-11 following a Dec. 6 loss to San Diego, there appeared to be no chance of Mangini returning for a second year.

But his players -- some of them publicly voicing their support to Mangini -- rallied and closed the season by going 4-0, the Browns' first four-game win streak since their expansion rebirth.

Mangini, who received the cliched sideline Gatorade bath in the final seconds, is proud of the progress he made in Cleveland. He feels he could make more.

"I was never looking at this as a one-year situation," he said. "I knew there were short-term sacrifices that had to be made. It's not something that happens overnight. It's not something that happens in six games or even 16. You build and that takes hard work and effort and time.

"I think we did a lot of good things."

Holmgren is scheduled to take over on Monday, and the former Green Bay and Seattle coach said last week that he intends to meet with Mangini soon after his arrival. Holmgren said he would only need a "little while" to decide whether to bring back Mangini, whose Belichikian personality irritated some Cleveland fans and whose discipline -- long practices, pop quizzes, excessive fines -- had some of the Browns in an uproar.

Mangini, who has been more personable recently, acknowledged he made some mistakes.

"I'm not hiding from the mishaps," he said. "There were some things I wish I could have done better and we could have done better."

Holmgren said he will review the entirety of Mangini's season and will not be swayed by any winning streak. Mangini is confident Holmgren will appreciate what he's accomplished.

"I'm proud of my body of work," said Mangini, who said he expected to speak with owner Randy Lerner "shortly."

If Mangini is indeed through, he went out with the longest winning streak for a Cleveland coach since Bill Belichick.

And, if Holmgren has not yet made up his mind, Mangini gave him more to consider as he weighs whether to gut the Browns.

Cribbs believes in his coach.

"He came in here and he turned it around," Cribbs said. "What he's brought to this team, the discipline ... to win four straight like that, getting the group of guys he wanted, it's a slow start because it takes some time to get that group of guys that you want on your team that's going to fight hard.

"He is surrounding this football team with hungry players that want to fight no matter their contracts, no matter the score."

While the Browns ended their season on a high, they extinguished Jacksonville's razor-thin AFC playoff hopes. The Jaguars (7-9) had to win and needed four other teams to lose just to qualify. They'll have the months ahead to ponder what went wrong.

Playing on a slippery, snow-covered field, the Florida visitors were mostly out of their element and lost their fourth in a row. Coach Jack Del Rio had his team poised for a playoff appearance, and although he has come under fire for the Jags' slump, he is expected back.

"I'm not pleased with not finishing with an opportunity to make the playoffs," Del Rio said. "In the end, we came up short so I am disappointed. I would like to find a way to get in there [postseason.]"

Cleveland's four-game winning streak -- the club's longest since its expansion rebirth -- was bookended with victories over Pittsburgh and Jacksonville, two quality teams that add credence to the Browns' late-season surge under Mangini, the former New York Jets coach who is trying to avoid joining Ray Rhodes (Philadelphia, 1998; Green Bay, 1999) as the only head coaches to get fired in consecutive full seasons by two different teams.

Mangini said there is not a scenario by which he would not want to coach in Cleveland.

"I love the Browns," he said. "I didn't come here for one year."

Harrison's emergence was one of many surprises for the Browns down the stretch. He made the most of his opportunity after Jamal Lewis sustained a season-ending injury and capped his three-week breakout by rushing for 561 yards on 106 carries.

His 6-yard TD run on 4th-and-1 with 4:03 left in the third quarter put the Browns ahead 20-3.

The Jaguars pulled within 20-10 on David Garrard's 6-yard TD pass to tight end Zach Miller with 10:30 left. But Browns quarterback Derek Anderson, who only attempted 11 passes, took the Browns on a 14-play drive that devoured more than eight minutes. Phil Dawson capped it with a 33-yard field goal to make it 23-10.

Garrard found Miller again on a 15-yard TD on the final play.

Following Anderson's interception on a ball knocked down by the wind, the Browns turned to their running game -- they finished with 214 yards rushing -- to take a 10-3 lead in the second on Cribbs' 14-yard TD.

Game notes


Cleveland's string of four consecutive rushing games of at least 160 yards is the club's longest since 1968. ... Jaguars WR Torry Holt was inactive because of a hand injury. He finished with 51 receptions for 722 yards. ... Lewis spoke to the media for the first time since being placed on injured reserve and said it's possible he could keep playing. Lewis said he suffered a concussion in Week 1 against Minnesota.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
JAX
CLE
1st Downs1818
Passing 1st downs
124
Rushing 1st downs
613
1st downs from Penalties
01
3rd down efficiency
9-175-14
4th down efficiency
2-22-2
Total Plays6660
Total Yards328300
Yards per play5.05.0
Total Drives119
Passing19786
Comp - Att
22-397-11
Yards per pass
5.17.8
Interceptions thrown
11
Sacks - Yards Lost
3-50-0
Rushing131214
Rushing Attempts
2449
Yards per rush
5.54.4
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-22-5
Penalties3-203-15
Turnovers11
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
11
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession27:0232:58

Passing Leaders

JAXC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Garrard22/392025.2213-5
CLEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Anderson7/11867.8010-0

Rushing Leaders

JAXCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones-Drew16825.1030
Garrard5408.0015
CLECARYDSAVGTDLG
Harrison331273.8117
Cribbs6477.8125

Receiving Leaders

JAXRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Miller8698.622010
Thomas7659.302210
CLERECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Royal23417.00292
Harrison22010.00112

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERJAXCLE
cleFG10:57Phil Dawson 27 Yd 03
jaxFG02:20Josh Scobee 47 Yd 33
SECOND QUARTERJAXCLE
cleTD03:51Joshua Cribbs 14 Yd Run (Phil Dawson Kick) 310
cleFG01:44Phil Dawson 21 Yd 313
THIRD QUARTERJAXCLE
cleTD04:03Jerome Harrison 6 Yd Run (Phil Dawson Kick) 320
FOURTH QUARTERJAXCLE
jaxTD10:30Zach Miller 6 Yd Pass From David Garrard (Josh Scobee Kick) 1020
cleFG02:17Phil Dawson 33 Yd 1023
jaxTD00:00Zach Miller 15 Yd Pass From David Garrard (Josh Scobee Kick) 1723