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Winless no more, Browns beat Bengals

Cleveland picked up its first win of the season, taking down the Bengals.

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Cleveland frets over last few minutes of victory

The Cleveland Browns picked up their first win of 2012 when they defeated the Cincinnati Bengals, 34-24, on Sunday afternoon. The Browns entered the fourth quarter down 14-13, but a 21-point outburst over the final 15 minutes carried the team to victory. Cleveland led by as many as 17 points, but the final minutes were not without some worry, as SB Nation's Dawgs By Nature explained afterward:

Since this is Cleveland, Browns fans still sweated out the rest of the game a bit. With over five minutes to go in the game, Dalton heaved a pass down the left sideline for Green. Green had a few steps on Haden and scored a 57-yard touchdown, making it a 34-24 game.

The Bengals would get the ball back and march down inside Cleveland's 10-yard line; with more than two minutes to play, they had an opportunity to put the outcome in doubt. But their scoring chance ended when Browns defensive end Emmanuel Stephens forced a fumble that was recovered by defensive tackle Billy Winn. Cincinnati no longer had enough time to rally.

Cleveland rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden finished the day 17-of-29 for 231 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Montario Hardesty led the team on the ground with 56 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.

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Bengals hurt postseason chances with Sunday's loss

The Cincinnati Bengals turned the ball over four times as they lost to the Cleveland Browns Sunday, 34-24. The win is Cleveland's first win of the season.

Quarterback Andy Dalton was responsible for all four turnovers. He was intercepted three times, including one returned for a touchdown by Browns cornerback Sheldon Brown, and fumbled with less than three minutes remaining to cost Cincinnati any chance at a comeback. Dalton was 31-of-46 for 381 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.

Wide receiver A.J. Green performed well, catching seven passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns, however, his effort was in vain as the Bengals offense could not overcome the mistakes.

The Bengals running game once again lacked significant production. BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who ran for 62 yards on 16 carries Sunday, has yet to top 100 yards on the ground this season.

Josh Kirkendall of SB Nation's Cincinnati Bengals blog, Cincy Jungle, expressed the frustration of all Bengals fans, saying the chances are bleak for any postseason run in Cincinnati.

Two weeks ago following a 27-10 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, there was enough optimism to suggest that the Cincinnati Bengals were picking up momentum for a postseason run this year. Instead they've collapsed into an overflowing cesspool compounded by lackadaisical effort, poor execution and uninspired football that essentially collapses any reasonable forecast for a postseason berth, further capturing distributing trends extending from last week's loss to the Miami Dolphins.

The 3-3 Cincinnati Bengals look to get back on track against the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers next Sunday.


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