The Chiefs went three-and-out to begin the second quarter, and Cleveland had their best starting field position of the game to start their next drive. They moved the ball into field goal range and might have had more, but a lateral attempt by QB Johnny Manziel to RB Duke Johnson on a third down play was ruled an illegal forward pass. The team settled for a field goal by K Travis Coons, making it a 10-3 game.
To begin the Chiefs' next drive, they got a 40-yard penalty on CB Tramon Williams for pass interference. With the Chiefs driving, the Browns tipped a ball at the line of scrimmage and then ILB Craig Robertson and OLB Nate Orchard both intercepted the pass. Fighting for it, Orchard ripped it away from Robertson and had a big return. Unfortunately, Manziel gave it right back and was picked off by CB Marcus Peters, allowing the Chiefs to take over where they had just been picked off.
The Browns' defense held strong and forced a punt. Inside of two minutes, Manziel's first-half woes continued, as he led the offense to another three-and-out, giving the Chiefs a chance to strike before the end of the half. OLB Barkevious Mingo was lined up to sack QB Alex Smith, but instead somehow missed the tackle, and then Smith ran up the middle for a 29 yard gain and in to field goal range. Smith finished off the drive with a 13-yard touchdown pass to TE Travis Kelce. Cleveland got in range for a 51-yard field goal before the end of the half, but of course, it was blocked. It's a 17-3 Chiefs lead heading into the second half. The Browns will get the ball to begin the second half.
Game: Cleveland Browns vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Date/Time: Sunday, December 27, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET
Television: CBS (Channel 19) - Kevin Harlan & Rich Gannon
Local Radio: ESPN 850 WKNR, 92.3 The Fan, 98.5 FM WNCX