Final

Browns 27

(1-2, 1-1 away)

Lions 35

(2-1, 1-0 home)

5:00 PM ET, August 28, 2010

Ford Field, Detroit, MI 

1 2 3 4 T
CLE 10 14 3 027
DET 7 7 7 1435

Lions 35, Browns 27

Associated Press

DETROIT -- The Detroit Lions and Cleveland Browns were encouraged by positive signs when they had the ball.

On defense, not so much.

Matthew Stafford threw a touchdown pass, rookie Jahvid Best had a 51-yard run and Aaron Brown scored twice in the fourth quarter to lift the Lions to a 35-27 win over Cleveland in a preseason game Saturday night.

"We could be pretty good," Stafford said. "I'm excited about it."

Stafford was 13 of 17 for 141 yards and threw a touchdown pass to Bryant Johnson on Detroit's first drive, connecting with a receiver on a high pass in the end zone for the second straight week.

"We've got tall receivers, great fade guys," Stafford said.

Jake Delhomme was 20 of 25 for 152 yards and a TD for the Browns, whose quick-strike, no-huddle offense found a lot of holes in Detroit's defense.

"Offensively, we're still growing and learning," Delhomme said. "We had some long drives and guys were making plays."

One of those players was Josh Cribbs, proving he's not just a return specialist with a leaping, 30-yard catch along the sideline that set up a TD toward the end of the first half.

"He's a special player," Delhomme said. "You try to get the ball in his hands."

Cleveland rookie Colt McCoy fumbled on his first drive midway through the fourth quarter to set up a lead-padding touchdown for the Lions.

The best news of the day was Nick Sorensen's quick recovery from what looked like a serious injury.

The Browns defensive back was covering a kickoff when he was blocked simultaneously by the Lions' Caleb Campbell and Andre Fluellen, leading to him being carted off the field. But Sorensen had movement in his arms and legs and was responsive as he was taken to a Detroit hospital, where tests were negative.

"I couldn't be happier about that," Cleveland coach Eric Mangini said. "It's a scary part of the game."

Cleveland led 24-14 at halftime after Phil Dawson made his first of two field goals, Eric Wright returned Kevin Smith's fumble 44 yards for a score, Delhomme tossed a short pass to Lawrence Vickers and Peyton Hillis had a 1-yard TD with 24 seconds left in the half.

"We took a step back from last week," Lions safety Louis Delmas said.

The Browns seemed to on defense, too.

Stafford handed off to Best for a 51-yard run on Detroit's first play, threw a short pass to the first-round pick that he turned into a 10-yard gain with a juke on the second and lofted a 7-yard TD to Johnson on the third.

Best didn't play the rest of the game because Detroit coach Jim Schwartz said his legs were tight.

Smith tried to make up for his fumble with a touchdown in the third quarter to pull the Lions within three points and Brown put them ahead in the fourth with enough speed to get into the end zone twice.

"It was probably (Brown's) best, complete game," Schwartz said.

Game notes


Lions LB DeAndre Levy, who was slowed by a back injury during training camp, left the game with a groin injury on the game's first drive. ... McCoy was 10 of 14 for 76 yards. ... Detroit's final preseason game is Thursday night at home against Buffalo on Thursday night -- while Eminem and Jay-Z headline a concert next door at Comerica Park -- and the Browns will host Chicago.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CLE
DET
1st Downs2622
Passing 1st downs
1811
Rushing 1st downs
68
1st downs from Penalties
23
3rd down efficiency
7-125-9
4th down efficiency
1-20-0
Total Plays7653
Total Yards414347
Yards per play5.46.5
Total Drives1010
Passing305193
Comp - Att
34-4819-27
Yards per pass
6.47.1
Interceptions thrown
00
Sacks - Yards Lost
2-140-0
Rushing109154
Rushing Attempts
2626
Yards per rush
4.25.9
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-34-4
Penalties7-457-62
Turnovers31
Fumbles lost
31
Interceptions thrown
00
Defensive / Special Teams TDs11
Possession34:3125:29

Passing Leaders

CLEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Delhomme20/251526.1100-0
Wallace4/99110.1001-10
DETC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Stafford13/171418.3100-0
Hill6/10525.2000-0

Rushing Leaders

CLECARYDSAVGTDLG
Harrison11343.109
Hillis7263.7110
DETCARYDSAVGTDLG
Best15151.0051
Felton6376.2014

Receiving Leaders

CLERECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Cribbs34715.70304
Hillis44010.00256
DETRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Johnson24221.00293
Gronkowski22211.00133

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCLEDET
cleFG07:11Phil Dawson 35 Yd 30
detTD05:43Bryant Johnson 7 Yd Pass From Matthew Stafford (Steven Hauschka Kick) 37
cleTD00:05Eric Wright 44 Yd Fumble Return (Phil Dawson Kick) 107
SECOND QUARTERCLEDET
cleTD08:09Lawrence Vickers 5 Yd Pass From Jake Delhomme (Phil Dawson Kick) 177
detTD03:40Chris Houston 14 Yd Fumble Return (Steven Hauschka Kick) 1714
cleTD00:24Peyton Hillis 1 Yd Run (Phil Dawson Kick) 2414
THIRD QUARTERCLEDET
detTD10:39Kevin Smith 2 Yd Run (Steven Hauschka Kick) 2421
cleFG05:11Phil Dawson 45 Yd 2721
FOURTH QUARTERCLEDET
detTD09:38Aaron Brown 4 Yd Run (Steven Hauschka Kick) 2728
detTD04:55Aaron Brown 2 Yd Run (Steven Hauschka Kick) 2735