Earl34 Posted October 25, 2010 Report Share Posted October 25, 2010 From the Edmonton Sun. Who knew they followed it this closely, eh? Hats off to Browns' shocking win By MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency Last Updated: October 24, 2010 5:37pm Kudos to the Cleveland Browns and head coach Eric Mangini for a fabulously entertaining and winning game plan they employed in their upset victory over the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints. The Saints won the coin toss but after that everything fell the Browns way. It wasn’t all smoke and mirrors for the Browns in the Superdome but there was plenty of sleight of hand magic. A year ago the Saints were the darlings of the NFL, a team that displayed offensive genius and pizzazz, gutsy unconventional calls from head coach Sean Payton and a ball-hawking defence. On Sunday, the Browns used that same strategy with dynamic results that knocked the Saints back on their heels and kept them on the defensive throughout the entire game. Toss in an off day from Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who was intercepted three times in the first half and four times overall, and it all totalled up to a stunning 30-17 victory by the Browns, who moved to 2-5. With the loss the Saints, who appear to be suffering from a giant sized Super Bowl hangover, dropped to 3-3 and are looking up at the 5-2 Atlanta Falcons in the NFC South. Keying the big plays on defence was veteran linebacker David Bowens, who came into the game with two career interceptions in his previous 12 seasons. But against Brees he not only made two interceptions but he turned both of them into touchdowns — a 30-yard TD near the end of the second quarter and then a 65-yard, game-breaking TD with 3:33 left in the game that sealed the deal. The fact that it was a player named Bowens that ruined Brees day is a bit of a weird vibe given that the Brees household on Tuesday celebrated the arrival of a second son — Bowen. Hey, you can’t make this stuff up. Trick plays also played a big part in the shocker. After the Saints opening drive stalled at their own three-yard line, they punted to Cleveland’s Josh Cribbs, who rifled a lateral across the field to Eric Wright who raced 62 yards to the Saints 19 leading to a Phil Dawson field goal and a 3-0 lead. The gutsiest call of the day came when leading 10-3 and facing a fourth-and-eight on their own 23-yard line, Mangini rolled the dice big time as punter Reggie Hodges faked a punt and zipped 68 yards up the middle which led to another Dawson field goal and a 13-3 lead. The Browns also had running back Peyton Hillis throw a pass back to quarterback Colt McCoy to keep a fourth-quarter drive alive which led to another Dawson field goal and a 22-10 lead. Mangini and your Browns, take a bow. You deserve it. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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