Giants rally, keep Browns winless 41-27

Associated Press Published: October 7, 2012
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The "rookie mistake" excuse is wearing thin for quarterback Brandon Weeden and the winless Cleveland Browns.

Weeden committed a big one Sunday as the Browns fell to 0-5 with a 41-27 loss to the Super Bowl champion New York Giants.

Weeden was sharp for much of the first half, but made a terrible decision on third-and-1 from the Giants 25 with the Browns leading 17-10.

With running back Trent Richardson, another of Cleveland's high-profile rookies, not on the field, Weeden rolled out and forced a pass to Josh Gordon that sailed high, directly to Stevie Brown. The backup safety sped down the left sideline for 46 yards.

"We were trying to get up to the line quick and get a quick little shot to the flat," Weeden said. "They covered it well. I was trying to make a play. It was stupid. That was the one throw I want back."

Browns coach Pat Shurmur did not disagree.

"It's a bad decision and a nice play by the defense," Shurmur said. "I don't care if you're a rookie. I don't care if you've been in the league a long time. You don't do that. I think we've got to get off this rookie kick, and we've got to play ball."

That turnover swung the momentum dramatically in the Giants' favor as they scored a pair of touchdowns and a field goal in the final three minutes of the quarter for a 27-17 lead at the half.

Ahmad Bradshaw and the Giants took it from there.

Bradshaw, who fumbled on the first play from scrimmage to set up a Cleveland touchdown was unstoppable after that, surpassing his yardage on the ground for the season with a career-best 200 yards.

The passing game was there, too. Victor Cruz had a career-best three touchdown catches. Eli Manning hit Cruz for scores of 3, 7 and 28 yards.

"We showed how resilient we are," said Cruz, who entered the game leading the NFL with 32 receptions and added five for 50 yards.

"We started off rough, getting behind the 8-ball a bit, but we were able to keep our wits about us. We understand we'll be able to make some plays offensively."

Bradshaw added a 4-yard run as he darted inside and outside and frequently broke tackles. Bradshaw's yardage on 30 carries easily beat the 132 he had heading into the game.

The Giants are 9-0 in games he has rushed for 100 yards or more.

New York (3-2) also forced three turnovers, including Chase Blackburn's interception in the end zone midway in the fourth quarter to clinch it.

That led to rookie David Wilson's first NFL touchdown, a 40-yard scamper. The Giants rushed for 243 yards.

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