Browns collapse, lose 27-26 at New England

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 8, 2013 at 7:31 pm •  Published: December 8, 2013

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Joe Haden had never experienced a game like this one. This loss was particularly painful, even for the hard-luck Cleveland Browns.

The Browns committed two critical penalties and yielded two touchdown passes to Tom Brady in the final 61 seconds of a heartbreaking 27-26 loss at the New England Patriots on Sunday.

Cleveland (4-9) has dropped four in a row, the last two by a combined five points, and seven of eight overall.

"This was a bad loss. A tough one to take," Haden said. "This one hurts for real."

After missing Cleveland's previous game with a concussion, Jason Campbell passed for 391 yards and three touchdowns, including an 80-yarder to Josh Gordon with 1:25 left in third that put the Browns up 19-3.

Campbell's 4-yard TD pass to tight end Jordan Cameron made it 26-14 with 2:39 remaining, but that's when Brady took over.

"How many times has he done that in his career?" Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said. "We had our opportunity and we weren't able to close the game out how we wanted to.

"I'm sick about the outcome of the game."

The late comeback ruined another brilliant game by Gordon, who had seven catches for 151 yards. It was the third time in four weeks that he scored on pass plays of more than 70 yards.

Gordon set an NFL record with 774 yards receiving in four consecutive games. Calvin Johnson set the previous mark of 746 this season. Gordon also set a single-season team record for yards receiving with 1,400. Braylon Edwards established the previous mark of 1,289 in 2007.

But it wasn't enough - again.

Brady threw a 2-yard scoring pass to Julian Edelman with 1:01 left and a 1-yarder to Danny Amendola with 31 seconds remaining.

The Browns had one last chance, but Billy Cundiff missed a 58-yard field goal attempt on the final play. Cundiff's calf had cramped up earlier in the game and he didn't kick off following Cameron's touchdown.

A pair of late penalties on the Browns fueled the Patriots' rally.

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