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Saints prolong Browns winless streak 21-18

Posted: 4:40 PM, Sep 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-16 22:40:40-04
Saints prolong Browns winless streak 21-18

Wil Lutz kicked a 44-yard field goal for New Orleans with 21 seconds left, Cleveland kicker Zane Gonzalez pushed the second of his two missed field goals wide right in the final seconds, and the Saints held on for a 21-18 victory that extended the Browns’ winless streak to 19 games.

Gonzalez also missed two extra points, one week after his potential winning field goal was blocked in a season-opening tie with Pittsburgh.

Cleveland (0-1-1) carried a two-score lead into the final nine minutes before its latest collapse.

Receiver Michael Thomas had two fourth-quarter touchdowns for the Saints (1-1), who scored 40 points in a Week 1 loss to Tampa Bay, but didn’t find the end zone against Cleveland until 8:41 remained in the game.

Thomas’ 2-yard catch cut Cleveland’s lead to 12-10.

Marcus Williams’ interception of Tyrod Taylor with just less than five minutes remaining set up Thomas’ leaping 5-yard touchdown catch with 2:40 to go, and Alvin Kamara’s run for a 2-point conversion put the Saints up 18-12.

That conversion made all the difference after Taylor found Antonio Callaway with a 47-yard, all-or-nothing heave on fourth-and-5 with 1:16 to go. Gonzalez missed a point-after kick for the second time, and Drew Brees’ 42-yard completion to Ted Ginn Jr. set up Lutz’ go-ahead kick.

Kamara was a bright spot in a largely frustrating day for New Orleans’ offense, gaining 99 yards from scrimmage, including 53 on six catches.

The Browns, who forced six turnovers against Pittsburgh in Week 1, recovered two more fumbles in New Orleans when Thomas and Ginn were both stripped after receptions.

Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi sacked Brees twice and would have had a third drive-stalling sack early in the fourth quarter if Derrick Kindred hadn’t been called for illegal contact. The drive-extending penalty led to New Orleans’ first TD in what became an 18-point final quarter for the Saints.

INJURIES

Browns: Safety Damarious Randall received treatment on the field after being in on a tackle in the second quarter.

Saints: Tommylee Lewis received treatment for what the club described as a knee injury after a big hit during a punt return in the second quarter. He was listed as questionable to return to the game. ... Defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins left in the fourth quarter after taking a hit to the head.

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Saints: Visit Atlanta on Sunday.

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Preseason

WEEK 1 · Thu 08/08 · Browns 30, Redskins 10 (1-0)

WEEK 2 · Sat 08/17 · Browns 21, Colts 18 (2-0)

WEEK 3 · Fri 08/23 · Browns 12, Buccaneers 13 (2-1)

WEEK 4 · Thu 08/29 · Browns 20, Lions 16 (3-1)

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WEEK 1 · Sun 09/08 · Titans 43, Browns 13 (0-1)

WEEK 2 · Mon 09/16 · Browns 23, Jets 3 (1-1)

WEEK 3 · Sun 09/22 · Rams 20, Browns 13 (1-2)

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WEEK 5 · Mon 10/07 · 49ers 31, Browns 3 (2-3) (ESPN)

WEEK 6 · Sun 10/13 · 1:00 PM EDT Seattle Seahawks (Fox)

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