EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Browns jumped out to a 14-0 lead in New Jersey today, only to have the defending Super Bowl Champs score 17 unanswered points in the second quarter for a ten point halftime lead on their way to a 41-27 win, dropping the Browns to 0-5.
The Browns start matches the worst start for the team since it came back to Cleveland in 1999 and ties the team record for most consecutive losses with 11. The Browns lost the final six games of last year coupled with the first five this year.
The Browns jumped out to an early lead after Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw fumbled on the games first play, Sheldon Browns recovered for the orange helmets and two plays later, Trent Richardson ran in from 15 yards out for his fourth rushing touchdown of the year. Richardson finished the day 81 yards on 17 carries.
The Browns added to the lead on their next posession when Brandon Weeden connected with Josh Gordon who got behind the Giants secondary for a 62 yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead with ten minuteds left to go in the opening quarter. The Giants would eventually cut into the Browns lead when Eli Manning connected with Victor Cruz on a three yard scoring play, one of three touchdowns on the day for Cruz who had just five catches for 50 yards but three of them were for scores.
BROWNS 14 GIANTS 7
The Browns extended their lead with a 10 play 50 yard drive that ended with a 53 yard field goal by Phil Dawson. That would be the last points the Browns would score until the third quarter. The Giants dominated the second quarter, scoring the final 17 points. The Browns were driving on their next posession of the second quarter leading 17-10 and looking to add to it, when Brandon Weeden was picked off deep in Giants territory by Stephen Brown and returned 46 yards to the Browns 40. The Giants would score two plays later on the second Eli Manning to Victor Cruz connection of the day.
HALF: GIANTS 27 BROWNS 17
The Giants extended their lead with the first possession of the second half, driving 95 yards in 9 plays that ended with a 28 yard touchdown pass from Manning to Cruz. The Browns would only manage a Dawson 41 yard field goal.
GIANTS 34 BROWNS 20
The Browns had a chance to cut into the Giants lead at the start of the fourth quarter and make it a one touchdown game, but Weeden threw his second interception of the game on third and goal. Weeden would connect with Josh Gordon for his first career touchdown late in the game.
FINAL GIANTS 41 BROWNS 27
NOTES: Brandon Weeden finished the game 22/35 291 yards 2 td, 2 int. Trent Richardson 17 carries 81 yards, td. Jordon Norwood led the Browns with 9 catches for 81 yards. Weeden connected with seven different receivers in the game.
Turnovers at key times again hurt the Browns and were big momentum changers in the game. The Browns rolled up 375 yards of offense and the offensive line did not give up a sack to the Giants highly touted defensive line.
Defensively the Browns were gouged for 502 total yards by New York, including 243 of those coming on the ground. Ahmad Bradshaw recovered from his early fumble to run for a season high 200 yards and a touchdown.
The Browns are back home for the first time in three weeks, when they welcome the Bengals to Cleveland Browns Stadium. Next week will also mark the return of defensive back Joe Haden who has been serving a five game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.