Despite the absence of several notable starters, the Browns’ 17-13 preseason convert to the Giants wasn’t barren of some drama. In fact, the sport decreased to Ave Maria, as Brian Lewerke’s heave to David Sills was picked off by Browns defensive back Richard LeCounte within the end zone.
Wearing all-white uniforms to combat the warmth and humidity, the Browns quickly marched 81 yards in 10 plays on the game’s opening drive. Browns quarterback Case Keenum, after misfiring on a second-down throw to Rashard Higgins within the end zone, hit his fourth-down pass to KhaDarel Hodge for a touchdown on what seemed like the precise same play. The drive also included 46 rushing yards, 34 of these coming from back D’Ernest Johnson.
The Giants responded with an 11-play, 75-yard drive that was capped off by Devontae Booker’s 1-yard scoring plunge. The drive’s biggest play was a 24-yard completion from Mike Glennon to end Rysen John’s three plays before Booker’s score. Cleveland’s second drive (and first of the second quarter) ended when Keenum was picked off by cornerback Quincy Wilson within the end zone. Both teams came up empty on their final two drives of the half.
The Browns broke the tie five minutes into the last half, as back John Kelly raced five yards to pay-dirt. Completions of 14 and 19 yards from the Browns’ Kyle Lauletta (who came into the sport near the top of the primary half) to fullback Johnny Stanton found out the sole score of the third quarter for both teams.
After five consecutive punts by the Giants’ offense, Lewerke hit Sills for an 8-yard score on a third-down play within the final quarter. The Giants were unable to require the lead, however, as back Gary Brightwell was stuffed by a number of Cleveland defenders on New York’s two-point try. Cleveland responded with a 49-yard field goal by Chase McLaughlin. the sector goal capped off a 44-yard drive, with Kelly accounting for every one of these yards. The touchdown served because the game’s final score after the Browns kept the Giants out of the top zone within the game’s final moments.