Browns blow early lead, fall to Smith, Jets 24-13

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 22, 2013 at 5:49 pm •  Published: December 22, 2013

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — A six-game skid is taking a toll on Jason Campbell and the Cleveland Browns.

Campbell was intercepted twice and the Browns lost to the New York Jets 24-13 on Sunday.

"Things just started to unravel today, the whole thing that's been happening over the last month," Campbell said. "Being so close and not finishing it, I think is kind of pressing on guys. We just want to win so bad. It starts with me and everyone.

"We just have to take a deep breath and just play and not stress ourselves out."

Cleveland's offense was hurt with star tight end Jordan Cameron out with a concussion. He might have been the difference, especially in the red zone.

"I'm not happy with that game," Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said. "It's unacceptable. It was a tough game to swallow."

The Browns (4-11) led 10-0 late in the first half, but it could have been more. Campbell threw three straight incompletions — the last two to Josh Gordon — from the Jets 1 early in the second quarter to turn the ball over on downs.

And then the momentum shifted.

The Jets (7-8) scored twice in 78 seconds to tie the game. Former Brown David Nelson capped a 13-play drive by catching a 6-yard pass in the back of the end zone for his first touchdown with New York.

After the Browns went three-and-out, the Jets got the ball back with 34 seconds left. Bilal Powell ripped off a 39-yard run to put New York in Browns territory, followed by an 8-yard scramble by Geno Smith.

Smith then took off again for an 11-yard gain and was shoved by Tashaun Gipson out of bounds — and the quarterback appeared to embellish it, dropping to the ground.

The late hit angered the Jets' sideline, including a fired-up Jets coach Rex, and a few players on both sides shoved each other a bit. It ended up being an unnecessary roughness penalty on Gipson that put the ball at the 14.

After Kellen Winslow's 11-yard catch, Nick Folk kicked a 21-yarder as time expired.

Smith remained cool and calm the rest of the way as the Browns came apart.

"I'm sure anybody coming in here playing against him expects to get turnovers," Gipson said. "No turnovers for him, so I guess he put his foot in my mouth."

Edwin Baker had a touchdown run for the Browns, and Gordon was somewhat held in check by rookie Dee Milliner, catching six passes for 97 yards.

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