The Browns' drive to start the second quarter went three-and-out again as QB Brian Hoyer threw off his back foot to WR Travis Benjamin on third down. Cleveland made another good play on special teams covering WR Joshua Cribbs, and a penalty forced the Colts to start their drive at the 6 yard line. Guess how the defense responded? Another three-and-out! Cleveland's offense can't keep wasting these opportunities.
The Browns finally started moving the ball on offense, with Hoyer getting into rhythm a little after a third-down completion to TE Jordan Cameron. With the Browns in field goal range, Hoyer threw behind Benjamin on an open third down crossing route, and then K Billy Cundiff missed another field goal, this time from 40 yards out. Ugh.
The Colts then put together their best drive of the game, using the mobility of QB Andrew Luck and then a late dumpoff pass to RB Boom Herron to get into the red zone. On 3rd-and-8, the Browns brought the blitz and Luck stepped up and ran to the end zone for a 12-yard score to tie the game at 7-7.
On the next drive for Hoyer, he missed WR Taylor Gabriel, who was wide open on a bomb. On the next play, he did connect with Benjamin for a relatively big play. The Browns continued moving the chains, and with 1:14 left in the half, RB Isaiah Crowell took the pitch 9 yards for the touchdown to give Cleveland a 14-7 lead. Was that too much time for Luck to operate with? Nope -- the Browns forced a punt and then took a knee heading into the half.
Game: Indianapolis Colts vs. Cleveland Browns
Date/Time: Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Local Television: WJW (Channel 8) - Kevin Burkhardt &
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