Browns beat Lions 19-17 with Wolfert's late FG

Associated Press Modified: August 10, 2012 at 11:17 pm •  Published: August 10, 2012
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DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Stafford showed he's still got work to do.

Stafford threw one interception and didn't help Detroit score a point in his three drives, and the Cleveland Browns took advantage in a 19-17 win over the Lions on Friday night.

"We learn from the good stuff and the bad stuff," Stafford said.

Backup quarterback Shaun Hill led two touchdown drives in the first half to put the Lions (No. 11 in the AP Pro 32) ahead 14-3 in the first half.

When all of the reserves for both teams took over in the second half, the Browns outscored Detroit 16-3.

Jeff Wolfert's 45-yard field goal with 28 seconds left won it for Cleveland (No. 30) after the Lions stopped Adonis Thomas on a 2-point conversion with 6:05 left to keep the lead, but couldn't keep the ball to seal a win.

Detroit's last shot ended when rookie Kellen Moore heaved a pass that was intercepted by David Sims at the Cleveland 36 with 34 seconds left.

"Regardless of whether or not they count, it is always more fun to win," Cleveland coach Pat Shurmur said. "I told our guys that, and they made some plays to put us in position to do that."

The banged-up Browns won, but might have another loss on their depleted roster.

Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi left the game with a concussion after catching rookie Brandon Weeden's first pass and didn't return.

"We followed league protocols," Shurmur said. "When he's healthy he will play again. Not before that."

Massaquoi was limited the past two seasons because of concussions, including one he had that knocked him out of a game last October.

The Lions didn't risk Stafford getting hurt for very long, allowing him to play less than a quarter.

Stafford is coming off a breakout season in which he threw for 5,000-plus yards and 41 TDs while ending the franchise's 11-year playoff drought.

But he was far from spectacular against the Browns.

His first drive of the preseason ended when Joe Haden broke up a pass. Stafford seemed to throw a pass early, sensing pressure that didn't appear to be there, and his pass intended for Brandon Pettigrew was picked off by Sheldon Brown to stop Detroit's second possession.

"I had to cut it loose earlier than I wanted to," Stafford said. "Pettigrew and I weren't on the same page."

Stafford provided a flashback to last year, throwing a 27-yard pass to All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson, on his third and final drive that ended quietly at midfield.

Hill, who won't play much if Stafford stays healthy during the regular season, was 8 of 12 for 83 yards and a TD.



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