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Instant Recap: Manziel Hurt as Panthers Defeat Browns 17-13

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Well, that game accomplished nothing.

With the Cleveland Browns eliminated from playoff contention heading into Sunday, the only thing fans were looking forward to was evaluating rookie QB Johnny Manziel. Instead, Manziel suffered a hamstring injury before the end of the first half and did not return.

The Browns were out-gained 402 yards to 228 yards, but found themselves with a 13-10 lead with under ten minutes to play in the fourth quarter after an 81-yard touchdown pass from QB Brian Hoyer to TE Jordan Cameron on third down. Less than three minutes later, Cleveland's defense allowed QB Cam Newton and company to drive down the field as the veteran quarterback hit RB Jonathan Stewart on a 9-yard touchdown to take a 17-13 lead.

Cleveland moved the ball to near midfield, but then RB Isaiah Crowell was hit for a loss of four yards and then Hoyer was sacked for a loss of seven yards. The Browns punted with 3:24 remaining and never got the ball back. Between not evaluating Manziel and some one-sides calls by the officiating crew on Sunday, it was another bad week for Browns fans.

Cleveland's record now stands at 7-8, and their lone goal remaining is to finish the season at .500. Having lost four straight games, how likely is that? And, who starts at quarterback next week -- Manziel or Hoyer?


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