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Saints
narrowly prolong Browns winless streak 21-18
September 16, 2018
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NEW
ORLEANS (AP) — 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.INJURIESBrowns: 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.UP
NEXTBrowns: Host the New York Jets on Thursday
night.Saints: Visit Atlanta on
Sunday.
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