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Cleveland Browns Postmortem: What Went Wrong Against the Chicago Bears

December 16th, 2013 at 6:52 PM
By Jeff D. Gorman

'Jordan Cameron and T.J. Ward' photo (c) 2013, Erik Drost - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

The Cleveland Browns defense scored a pair of touchdowns, but it gave up a trio of fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 38-31 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

While this loss wasn’t as heartbreaking as last week’s meltdown against New England in the final three minutes, the Browns continued their pattern of falling apart in the fourth quarter.

T.J. Ward scored on a 51-yard fumble return to give the Browns a 24-17 advantage going into the fourth quarter. Tashaun Gipson had scored in the second quarter by returning his second interception of the game.

Browns cornerback Joe Haden suffered a hip injury in the second half, opening the door to Jay Cutler tossing two fourth-quarter touchdown passes for the Bears.

If the Browns could win one of the last two games against the Jets and Steelers, they would make the fans happy for a while. But the Browns won’t put lasting smiles on the fans’ faces until they spend years stockpiling major-league talent.

The NFL drafts will be the most important day on the Browns calendar for at least the next few years.

Tags: Cleveland, Cleveland Browns, Football, NFL

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