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Instant Recap: Browns Stun Saints 26-24 in Home Opener

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Jamie Sabau

They did it! Down 24-23 with 2:46 to play in the fourth quarter, the Cleveland Browns took over at their own 4 yard line, needing to go a long way to get into field goal range for K Billy Cundiff. QB Brian Hoyer marched down the field, executing clutch throw after clutch throw, including a key 4th-and-6 conversion to TE Gary Barnidge.

With 0:13 left, the Browns were 39 yards away from the end zone, and a 56-yard field goal would have been very difficult for Cundiff. After a blown coverage by the Saints, Hoyer found WR Andrew Hawkins wide open for a 28-yard reception, getting down to the 11 yard line. The Browns took a timeout with 0:06 to go, and Cundiff lined up for a 29-yard field goal. He had never missed from that range in his career, and he didn't fail the Browns, putting it through the uprights with 0:03 to go. The Browns covered the ensuing kickoff and pulled off a stunning 26-24 win, sending the Saints to 0-2 on the season.

The Browns' defense was at the mercy of the Saints in the second half, but as he has shown in the past, Hoyer provided the leadership to guide the offense down the field to match New Orleans.

Browns fans, it's time to celebrate -- VICTORY THREAD!

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