Browns drop 5th straight, 38-31 to Bears

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm •  Published: December 15, 2013
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CLEVELAND (AP) — The home finale began with several inches of snow piled up inside the Browns' stadium. By game's end, the losses were at familiar depths.

Cleveland's unshakable misery endures.

Unable to stop Chicago's offense at crucial times or protect another late lead, the Browns dropped their fifth straight game, 38-31 on Sunday to the Chicago Bears, who rallied in the second half behind quarterback Jay Cutler and kept the their NFC playoff push rolling forward.

The Browns (4-10) scored two defensive touchdowns and had the lead in the fourth quarter before again crumbling. They've lost eight of nine.

It's the sixth straight double-digit loss season for the Browns, who were 3-2 under first-year coach Rob Chudzinski and actually had playoff potential before falling apart.

"We've just got to find a way to finish games," linebacker D'Qwell Jackson said. "We've proven we can create leads. We can dominate when we want to. It's just we've got to learn how to finish games."

Cutler, who missed Chicago's previous four games with a sprained left ankle and reclaimed his starting job from Josh McCown earlier this week, threw a 4-yard TD pass to Earl Bennett with 5:41 left as the Bears (8-6) stormed back and temporarily moved ahead of Detroit in the NFC North. The Lions (7-6) play Monday night.

Cutler finished 22 of 31 for 265 yards and validated first-year coach Marc Trestman's decision to stick with him over McCown, who had played so well while filling in for Chicago's starter.

Jason Campbell, coming off a career-best game last week in a one-point loss at New England, threw two interceptions and failed to bring the Browns back.

Campbell had hoped to build off last week's strong game, but the veteran never found a rhythm. He finished 23 of 39 for 273 yards.

"It's very disappointing," Campbell said. "Early in the week, I wanted to set the tempo for the guys. Last week was a very emotional loss. It kind of took a lot out of us. We tried to put it behind us. We wanted to come out here and get a win, especially in our last home game. I'm disappointed in myself, to say the least."

Josh Gordon caught just three passes for 67 yards, a dramatic drop-off for the wide receiver, who racked up 774 yards receiving over his past four games and seemed to break a record with every reception.

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