Final

Jaguars 32

(3-9, 3-4 away)

Browns 28

(4-8, 3-4 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, December 1, 2013

FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH 

1 2 3 4 T
JAX 7 13 0 1232
CLE 7 7 7 728

Top Performers

Passing: B. Weeden (CLE) - 370 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: M. Jones-Drew (JAX) - 23 CAR, 77 YDS

Receiving: J. Gordon (CLE) - 10 REC, 261 YDS, 2 TD

Jags rally by Browns despite Josh Gordon's 2nd straight 200-yard game

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CLEVELAND -- This was the way Cecil Shorts always imagined it would happen: game on the line, ball in the air, his chance to the hero.

The Jacksonville receiver replayed it in his mind countless times.

On Sunday, all of it came true. And, it happened in the best place possible -- his hometown.

A Cleveland kid who grew up cheering for the Browns, Shorts caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Chad Henne with 40 seconds left, rallying the rejuvenated Jaguars to a 32-28 win on Sunday.

On third-and-9, Henne lofted a perfect pass to the left corner for Shorts, who had beaten Browns star cornerback Joe Haden. Shorts got both feet down in the end zone before tumbling out of bounds and celebrating with his teammates.

It was an unforgettable moment for Shorts, who earlier this week said "I'm all Cleveland" and talked about the excitement of returning to play in front of family and friends.

"For that play to happen in this game, in that situation, and the hometown," he said. "It's a dream come true."

After the Jaguars (3-9) gave up Brandon Weeden's 95-yard touchdown pass to Josh Gordon and fell behind 28-25, Henne drove them 80 yards in nine plays for the winning TD as Jacksonville continued its stunning turnaround after losing its first eight games, all by at least 10 points.

The Jaguars are 3-1 since their bye with all three victories on the road.

"We're building confidence and we're getting better each and every day," Henne said. "And these wins and on the road, playing in a hostile environment, the guys are starting to feel it a little bit."

For the Browns (4-8), their sixth loss in seven games stung deeply.

Three weeks ago, there was actually playoff talk in Cleveland. There's none now.

"I can't stand losing," said Haden, who fought back tears during a sometimes vulgar postgame tirade. "It hurts. I go out there and put my heart out there every time. And we end up coming up short. It was my fault on the touchdown. You're going to come with the same questions every week and we're going to give you the same answers -- `We're going to get better next week.'

"Until we do it then there's nothing else to talk about. Straight up."

Before Shorts' catch, it appeared as if Weeden would shake off a mixed performance during which he threw three touchdown passes, two interceptions just before halftime, fumbled, and had to kick a high snap out of the end zone for a safety.

Weeden connected with Gordon on the stunning 95-yarder with 3:55 left only to have Cleveland's defense allow Henne to drive the length of the field for the go-ahead TD. Jacksonville stopped Cleveland's final chance by batting down a desperation pass by Weeden into the end zone.

Josh Scobee kicked three field goals for the Jaguars.

Gordon returned from a head injury and finished with 10 catches for a team record 261 yards. He's the first player in NFL history to have consecutive 200-yard games. He had 237 in a loss last week against Pittsburgh, and Gordon has 1,249 yards this season despite missing two games with a drug suspension.

Down 21-20 and their offense doing nothing, the Jaguars took the lead when Browns center Alex Mack snapped the ball over Weeden's head into the end zone and the QB alertly booted it out of bounds.

"100 percent my fault," Mack said.

Weeden was only back in the starting lineup because Jason Campbell has a concussion. But after finishing 24 of 40 for 370 yards, he was diagnosed with a concussion. Because of the head injury, Weeden was kept from speaking with reporters and if he and Campbell can't play next week, Alex Tanney, signed off Dallas' practice squad, will start at New England.

Henne went 24 of 40 for 195 yards and two TDs and Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew ran for 77 yards and threw an 8-yard TD pass to Marcedes Lewis.

Before catching his game-winner, Shorts, who had six catches for 64 yards, dropped a few throws. However, Henne told him to be ready and the former Division III star from Mount Union came through.

"Chad came to me, `Hey, I'm coming back to you," Shorts said. "When the game's on the line, you want the ball. And that's just the bottom line."

Game notes


Gordon needs 41 yards to set the Browns record (1,289 by Braylon Edwards, 2007) for yards receiving in a season. ... Jaguars S Johnathan Cyprien recorded his first career interception in the second quarter. ... Despite the Jaguars having the league's lowest-ranked run defense, the Browns gained only 97 yards rushing. ... Jaguars DT Sen'Derrick Marks had three tackles, a sack, defended a pass, forced a fumble and recovered another. ... The Browns lost LBs Eric Martin (head) and Brandon Magee (chest) to injuries.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
JAX
CLE
1st Downs2224
Passing 1st downs
1313
Rushing 1st downs
79
1st downs from Penalties
22
3rd down efficiency
7-166-13
4th down efficiency
0-01-1
Total Plays7273
Total Yards314439
Yards per play4.46.0
Total Drives1514
Passing202342
Comp - Att
23-4124-40
Yards per pass
4.98.6
Interceptions thrown
12
Sacks - Yards Lost
2-13-28
Rushing11297
Rushing Attempts
2930
Yards per rush
3.93.2
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-42-2
Penalties5-359-50
Turnovers13
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
12
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession30:3529:25

Passing Leaders

JAXC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Henne22/401954.9212-1
Jones-Drew1/188.0100-0
CLEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Weeden24/403709.3323-28

Rushing Leaders

JAXCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones-Drew23773.3018
Todman5316.2013
CLECARYDSAVGTDLG
McGahee14574.1111
Ogbonnaya7202.906

Receiving Leaders

JAXRECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Sanders8678.402511
Shorts III66410.712011
CLERECYDSAVGTDLGTGTS
Gordon1026126.129515
Cameron44310.80267

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERJAXCLE
cleTD10:51Willis McGahee 1 Yd Run (Billy Cundiff Kick) 07
jaxTD07:04Clay Harbor 18 Yd Pass From Chad Henne (Josh Scobee Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERJAXCLE
cleTD12:03Josh Gordon 21 Yd Pass From Brandon Weeden (Billy Cundiff Kick) 714
jaxTD01:19Marcedes Lewis 8 Yd Pass From Maurice Jones-Drew (Josh Scobee Kick) 1414
jaxFG00:48Josh Scobee 44 Yd 1714
jaxFG00:00Josh Scobee 36 Yd 2014
THIRD QUARTERJAXCLE
cleTD09:44Greg Little 4 Yd Pass From Brandon Weeden (Billy Cundiff Kick) 2021
FOURTH QUARTERJAXCLE
jaxSF07:42Penalty On Brandon Weeden In End Zone 2221
jaxFG04:14Josh Scobee 25 Yd 2521
cleTD03:55Josh Gordon 95 Yd Pass From Brandon Weeden (Billy Cundiff Kick) 2528
jaxTD00:40Cecil Shorts III 20 Yd Pass From Chad Henne (Josh Scobee Kick) 3228

Research Notes

Josh Gordon has topped the 100 yard mark in each of his last three games, tying the Browns franchise record.
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With his 261 yards today vs Jaguars, Josh Gordon now has 1,249 receiving yards this season, just 41 yards shy of breaking the Browns single-season record set by Braylon Edwards in 2007 +(1,289).
With 125 yards at halftime, Josh Gordon is now the 1st Brown with at least 1,000 Rec yds in a season since 2007 (Braylon Edwards, Kellen Winslow).
Josh Gordon posted at least 200 receiving yards in his second straight game Sunday, catching 10-of-15 targets for a franchise-record 261 yards and two touchdowns. Brandon Weeden had a higher completion percentage targeting Gordon (66.7%) than when targeting anyone else, despite his average throw to Gordon traveling more than three times as far.
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From Elias: Josh Gordon is the first player in NFL history with 200 Rec yds in back-to-back games. His 498 Rec yds in the last 2 games is an NFL record.
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Jaguars score 20 in 1st half in Cleveland. 1st time Jacksonville has scored 20+ points in the 1st half since Week 14 of 2011 season (had 28 in 1st half of a 41-14 win over Buccaneers).
Prior to last week, the Cleveland Browns had never had a player record 200 receiving yards in a game. Josh Gordon has now done it twice in two weeks. FROM ELIAS: He is the first player in NFL history with 200 Rec yds in back-to-back games.
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Josh Gordon's 21-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter was Gordon's fifth TD reception of at least 20 yards this season. Only Antonio Brown (six) has more.

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