Cleveland Browns vs. New Orleans Saints

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Zane Gonzalez went 0-for-4 on field goal attempts in this contest, the Cleveland Browns lose to the New Orleans Saints.

1:49 | September 16, 2018 | Cleveland Browns, Football, New Orleans Saints, NFL

Game Information
Location: Mercedes-Benz Superdome New Orleans, Louisiana
Attendance: 73,086

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints needed less than 10 minutes to obliterate what looked like a milestone victory for the seemingly cursed Cleveland Browns.

Wil Lutz kicked a 44-yard field goal with 21 seconds left, Cleveland kicker Zane Gonzalez pushed the second of his two missed field goals wide right in the final seconds, and the Saints held on for a 21-18 victory that extended the Browns' winless streak to 19 games.

"These are games that we find we find our identity a little bit," Brees said, alluding to New Orleans' inability to score more than three points until the first of Michael Thomas' two touchdown catches with 8:41 to go. "These are games that, hey, you didn't have your best stuff, but you found a way."

With the help of another Cleveland collapse.

Gonzalez also missed two extra points, one week after his potential winning field goal was blocked in a season-opening tie with Pittsburgh. His final miss came from 52 yards.

"It snowballed," Gonzalez said, acknowledging the psychological effect of earlier misses that he hooked left before pushing his final kick the other way. "I was overcompensating. I get paid to make those kicks and I have to make them."

Gonzalez's tough day represented only a portion of Cleveland's implosion. Defensive back Derrick Kindred's illegal contact penalty on what would have been a third-down sack extended New Orleans' first touchdown drive, which ended with Thomas' 2-yard catch and cut Cleveland's lead to 12-10.

With just less than five minutes left, Saints safety Marcus Williams intercepted Tyrod Taylor in Cleveland territory on a pass Taylor threw back over the middle as he was rolling to his right.

"You never want to throw late down the middle," Taylor said. "That's something I need to be better at. That play was not good for us. You can't put your team in that situation."

The turnover led to New Orleans' second TD on a 5-yard fade to Thomas, who said he was determined to make up for his fumble earlier in the game. Thomas outjumped two defenders to make the catch.

"Enough was enough," Thomas said. "I needed to respond and help my teammates, and that's what I did. And I still owe them."

Brees finished 28 for 35 for 243 yards and two TDs for New Orleans (1-1). Thomas caught 12 passes for 89 yards.

Taylor was 22 of 30 for 246 yards, one TD and one interception. Jarvis Landry had five catches for 69 yards, and Carlos Hyde scored on a 1-yard TD run.

It wasn't enough for the Browns (0-1-1), who were very close to starting 2-0.

"It's tough, but we got a lot of football left to play," Landry said.

GOOD KAMARA

Alvin Kamara, the 2017 offensive rookie of the year, continued to be a bright spot in a largely frustrating day for New Orleans' offense. His seemingly slippery running style continued to produce yards after contact and he wound up with 99 yards from scrimmage, including 53 on six catches.

His run for a late 2-point conversion gave the Saints an 18-12 lead and made a difference after Taylor found rookie receiver Antonio Callaway for a 47-yard, all-or-nothing TD heave on fourth-and-5 with 1:16 to go.

Gonzalez missed a point-after kick for the second time, and Brees' 42-yard completion to Ted Ginn Jr. set up Lutz' go-ahead kick.

TURNOVERS

The Browns, who forced six turnovers against Pittsburgh in Week 1, recovered two more fumbles when Thomas and Ginn were both stripped after receptions.

Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi sacked Brees twice and would have had a third if not for Kindred's penalty.

Overall, it was a strong showing for the unit coached by coordinator Gregg Williams, who held the same job in New Orleans when the Saints won their only Super Bowl.

INJURIES

Browns: Safety Damarious Randall received treatment on the field after being in on a tackle in the second quarter.

Saints: Tommylee Lewis received treatment for what the club described as a knee injury after a big hit during a punt return in the second quarter. He was listed as questionable to return to the game. ... Defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins left in the fourth quarter after taking a hit to the head. He said after the game his face mask was pushed into his nose but that he did not have a concussion.

UP NEXT

Browns: Host the New York Jets on Thursday night.

Saints: Visit Atlanta on Sunday.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Browns Saints
08:29 Zane Gonzalez 39 yd FG 3 0
02:47 Wil Lutz 31 yd FG 3 3

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Browns Saints
01:55 Zane Gonzalez 39 yd FG 6 3

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Browns Saints
06:43 Carlos Hyde 1 yd run (missed kick) 12 3

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Browns Saints
08:41 Michael Thomas 2 yd pass from Drew Brees (Wil Lutz kick) 12 10
02:40 Michael Thomas 5 yd pass from Drew Brees (Alvin Kamara 2pt Rush) 12 18
01:16 Antonio Callaway 47 yd pass from Tyrod Taylor (missed kick) 18 18
00:21 Wil Lutz 44 yd FG 18 21

Team Stats
  Cleveland New Orleans
1st Downs 16 18
Total Yards 327 275
Passing 234 213
Passing Completions/Attempts 22-30 28-35
Yards/Pass 7.1 5.6
Rushing 93 62
Rushing Attempts 27 23
Yards/Rush 3.4 2.7
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles Lost 0 2
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Possession 27:19 32:41

Cleveland Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Tyrod Taylor 22 30 246 8.2 1 1

New Orleans Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Drew Brees 28 35 243 6.9 2 0

Cleveland Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Carlos Hyde 16 43 2.7 1 10
Tyrod Taylor 4 26 6.5 0 8
Nick Chubb 2 14 7.0 0 8
Antonio Callaway 2 7 3.5 0 15
Duke Johnson 3 3 1.0 0 3

New Orleans Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Alvin Kamara 13 46 3.5 0 18
Mike Gillislee 8 18 2.2 0 4
Jonathan Williams 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1
Drew Brees 1 -1 -1.0 0 -1

Cleveland Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Antonio Callaway 3 81 27.0 1 47
Jarvis Landry 5 69 13.8 0 25
Rashard Higgins 5 47 9.4 0 23
David Njoku 4 20 5.0 0 8
Darren Fells 2 15 7.5 0 9
Duke Johnson 2 7 3.5 0 6
Carlos Hyde 1 7 7.0 0 7

New Orleans Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Michael Thomas 12 89 7.4 2 25
Ted Ginn Jr. 4 55 13.8 0 42
Alvin Kamara 6 53 8.8 0 14
Ben Watson 3 19 6.3 0 8
Tre'Quan Smith 1 18 18.0 0 18
Josh Hill 1 5 5.0 0 5
Zach Line 1 4 4.0 0 4
Austin Carr 0 0 0.0 0

Cleveland Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
T.J. Carrie 6 2 1 9
Terrance Mitchell 5 0 0 0
Denzel Ward 5 2 0 0
Jamie Collins Sr. 4 2 0 0
Damarious Randall 4 1 0 0
Larry Ogunjobi 3 0 2 21
Jabrill Peppers 3 2 0 0
Joe Schobert 3 5 0 0
James Burgess 2 1 0 0
Chris Smith 2 2 0 0
Genard Avery 1 0 0 0
Briean Boddy-Calhoun 1 0 0 0
Trevon Coley 1 2 0 0
Myles Garrett 1 0 0 0
Carl Davis 0 1 0 0
Derrick Kindred 0 0 0 0
Tyrod Taylor 0 0 0 0

New Orleans Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
A.J. Klein 6 3 0 0
Vonn Bell 3 2 0 0
Kurt Coleman 3 0 0 0
Ken Crawley 3 1 0 0
Demario Davis 3 6 0 0
Marshon Lattimore 3 1 0 0
Patrick Robinson 3 1 0 0
Marcus Williams 3 0 0 0
Cameron Jordan 2 0 2 11
Sheldon Rankins 2 4 1 1
Alex Okafor 2 1 0 0
Marcus Davenport 1 2 0 0
David Onyemata 1 2 0 0
Manti Te'o 1 3 0 0
Mike Gillislee 0 0 0 0
Ted Ginn Jr. 0 0 0 0
Justin Hardee Sr. 0 0 0 0

Cleveland Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

New Orleans Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Marcus Williams 1 22 0

Cleveland Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jabrill Peppers 3 82 27.3 0 28

New Orleans Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Taysom Hill 1 47 47.0 0 47

Cleveland Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jabrill Peppers 1 0 0.0 0 0

New Orleans Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Tommylee Lewis 1 0 0.0 0 0

Cleveland Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Zane Gonzalez 2 4 50.0 39

New Orleans Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Wil Lutz 2 3 67.0 44

Cleveland Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Britton Colquitt 3 118 46

New Orleans Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Thomas Morstead 4 179 56