CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 25: Starting quarterback Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Cleveland Browns Stadium on September 25, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Colt McCoy calmly led Cleveland's comeback against the Dolphins on Sunday, finding Mohamed Massaquoi in the end zone for a 14-yard touchdown with just 43 seconds left on the clock. The touchdown pass, coupled with Phil Dawson's successful extra point, sealed Cleveland's win by the slimmest of margins, 17-16.
Miami's attempt to respond to Cleveladnd's touchdown was short-lived. After the Dolphins received the kickoff, Chad Henne threw three incomplete passes followed by a fourth-down interception. McCoy returned to the field, taking a knee to end the game.
The late-game heroics were a bit of a surprise. McCoy finished the game with just 214 passing yards, including 80 on the final drive. And Massaquoi's reception was just his second of the day; he finished with 26 yards. Tight end Benjamin Watson led Cleveland's receivers with five catches for 64 yards.
Starting in place of the ill Peyton Hillis, Montario Hardesty was quietly efficient, collecting 67 yards on 14 carries. He averaged a respectable 4.8 yards per carry but didn't get enough chances to turn many heads. Like Hillis, Hardesty was a factor in the passing game, catching three bals for 19 yards.
For Miami, rookie tailback Daniel Thomas notched his second impressive game in a row, rushing 23 times for 95 yards. He caught Henne's sole passing touchdown of the day among three catches for 27 yards. Henne finished the game throwing for 255 yards.
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