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POSTGAME NOTES

 

  • The Browns are just the second team in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to have a rookie lead the team in passing (Brandon Weeden 3,385), rushing (Trent Richardson 950) and receiving yards (Josh Gordon 805) in the same season. Cleveland joins the 1968 Buffalo Bills as the only teams to accomplish that feat.
  • Making his NFL debut, quarterback Thaddeus Lewis became the 18th quarterback to start to start for the Browns since 1999. He is also the seventh quarterback from Duke to start an NFL game and first since Dave Brown started for Arizona at Jacksonville on December 10, 2000. Lewis finished 22 of 32 passing for 204 yards with one touchdown.

 

 

Starting Quarterback's Cleveland Browns Debut Since 1999

Player                      Opp.    Date          Att.  Com.   Pct    Yards    TD    INT     Rating   Result

Ty Detmer                Pit.       9/12/99       13       6       .462      52        0       1       25.2       L, 0-43

Tim Couch                at Ten.  9/19/99       24      12      .500     124       1       0       80.9       L, 9-26

Doug Pederson          at Pit.    10/22/00     20       9       .450      61        0       3       12.7       L, 0-22

Spergon Wynn          at Jac.   12/3/00       16       5       .313      17        0       0       40.6       L, 0-48

Kelly Holcomb          K.C.     9/8/02         39      27      .692     326       3       0       120.2      L, 39-40

Jeff Garcia                Bal.      9/12/04       24      15      .625     180       1       0       99.3       W, 20-3

Luke McCown           N.E.     12/5/04       34      20      .588     277       2       2       80.1       L, 15-42

Trent Dilfer               Cin.      9/11/05       34      26      .605     278       1       2       67.8       L, 13-27

Charlie Frye              Jac.       12/4/05       20      13      .650     226       2       0       136.7      L, 14-20

Derek Anderson         at Pit.    12/7/06       37      21      .568     276       1       1       78.2       L, 30-40

Brady Quinn             Den.     11/6/08       35      23      .657     239       2       0       104.3      L, 30-34

Ken Dorsey               at Ten. 12/7/08       43      22      .512     150       0       1       49.6       L, 9-28

Bruce Gradkowski     at Pit.    12/28/08     16       5       .313      18        0       2       1.0         L, 0-31

Jake Delhomme         at T.B.  9/12/10       37      20      .541     227       1       2       59.2       L, 14-17

Seneca Wallace          K.C.     9/19/10       31      16      .516     229       1       1       73.2       L, 14-16         
Colt McCoy              at Pit.    10/17/10     33      23      .697     281       1       2       80.5       L, 10-28

Brandon Weeden       Phi.      9/9/12         35      12      .343     118       0       4       5.1         L, 16-17

Thaddeus Lewis       at Pit.   12/30/12     22      32      .688     204       1       1       83.3       L, 10-24

 

  • Wide receiver Greg Little caught three passes for 38 yards with a touchdown. He finished the season with a team-leading 53 receptions, while adding 647 yards and four scores. He is the first player to lead the Browns in receptions in back-to-back seasons since tight end Kellen Winslow (2006-07) and first wide receiver since Dennis Northcutt (2003-04).
  • Defensive lineman Jabaal Sheard tied a career high with two sacks. He finished with a team-leading seven sacks this season, including six sacks over the final eight games. He is the first player to lead the Browns in sacks in back-to-back seasons since linebacker Kamerion Wimbley (2006-07) and first defensive lineman since Michael Dean Perry (1990-91). Sheard also recorded two sacks at Arizona on December 18, 2011.
  • Rookie wide receiver Josh Gordon recorded four catches for 39 yards. Gordon joins wide receiver Kevin Johnson (1999), running back Eric Metcalf (1989) and wide receiver Webster Slaughter (1986) as the only rookies in Browns history to record a reception in all 16 games. Gordon led the team with 805 receiving yards on the season, which is the fourth-highest figure by a Browns rookie. 

 

BROWNS SINGLE-SEASON ROOKIE RECEIVING YARDAGE LEADERS

      Player                        Year       Yards

1.   Kevin Johnson           1999         986

2.   Paul Warfield            1964         920

3.   Derrick Alexander     1994         828

4.   Josh Gordon             2012         805
5.   Greg Little                 2011         709

 

  • With seven punt return yards today, Joshua Cribbs passed Dennis Northcutt (2,149) as the Browns' all-time leader in punt return yards. He also returned two kickoffs for 42 yards to become the fifth player in NFL history to total 10,000 or more career kickoff return yards.     

 

MOST CAREER PUNT RETURN YARDS BY A BROWN

        Player                        Years               Total

1.     Joshua Cribbs          2005-12            2,147

2.     Dennis Northcutt       2000-06            2,149

 

ALL-TIME NFL kickoff return YARDS LEADERS

                                    Player                        Years                    Total

                           1.      Brian Mitchell            1990-2003            14,014

                           2.      Allen Rossum            1998-2009            11,947

                           3.      Mel Gray                    1986-97                10,250

                           4.      Dante Hall                  2000-08                10,136

                           5.      Joshua Cribbs           2005-12                10,015         

                           6.      Glyn Milburn             1993-2001             9,788

 

  • Defensive back Ray Ventrone took a fake punt and ran 35 yards, which marked his first career rushing attempt. The run tied with wide receiver Travis Benjamin's (vs. Philadelphia on 9/9) 35-yard end around for the Browns' longest running play of the season.
  • Kicker Phil Dawson's 51 yard field goal in the second quarter tied for the second-longest field goal at Heinz Field.  Dawson finished the season with a 93.5 (29 of 31) field goal percentage, which is the best of his 14 year career, surpassing his previous best of 93.1 (27 of 29) set in 2005. He also scored 116 points this year, which is the second-most of his career (120 in 2007). Dawson finished 7 for 7 on field goals from 50 yards or longer and his 13 field goals of 50 yards or longer since 2011 are the most in the NFL.

 

LONGEST FIELD GOALS AT HEINZ FIELD

        Player                      Team             Opponent      Date             Distance

1.     Jeff Reed                 Pittsburgh      Atlanta           9/12/10               52

2.     Phil Dawson            Cleveland      Pittsburgh     12/30/12             51

        Nick Novak              San Diego      Pittsburgh      12/9/12               51

        Billy Cundiff           Baltimore       Pittsburgh      11/6/11               51

 

DAWSON'S 50+ YARD FIELD GOALS THIS SEASON

                             Opponent        Date     Length

                             at Cincinnati     9/6        50

                             at Baltimore      9/27      51

                             at Baltimore      9/27      50

                             at Baltimore      9/27      52

                             at Dallas           11/18    51

                             at Denver          12/23    53

                             at Pittsburgh     12/30    51

                             TOTAL OF SEVEN

 

2012 NFL 50+ YARD FIELD GOAL LEADERS

                                    Player                           Team                    Made       Att.     

                             1.    Blair Walsh*                 Minnesota             9               9

                             2.    Phil Dawson                Cleveland             7               7

                                    Greg Zuerlein*             St. Louis                7               12

 

*Minnesota and St. Louis play today at 4:25 p.m.

 

NFL 50+ YARD FIELD GOAL LEADERS SINCE 2011

                                    Player                               Team           Made       Att.         

                             1.    Phil Dawson                     Cleveland    14             15

                             2.    Sebastian Janikowski*      Oakland       13             19

 

*Oakland plays today at 4:25 p.m.

  • Defensive back Sheldon Brown was inactive today with a concussion suffered last week at Denver. Brown had previously appeared in 175 consecutive regular season games, a figure which ranked fourth among all defensive players.
  • Left tackle Joe Thomas has started and played in each of the first 96 games of his career, while center Alex Mack has started and played in each of the first 64 games of his career. Neither one of the two have missed an offensive snap during their career.
  • As a team, the Browns had 26 rushing attempts for 138 yards for a 5.3 average. It is the second week in a row and third time this season that the club recorded an average of 5.0-or better. The team's 5.3 average was the second-highest figure of the season, trailing only the 5.7 average set during a Week Two matchup at Cincinnati.
  • Defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin tied for the team-lead with six tackles, which also tied his season high. 
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