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Browns in 21-13 win at Detroit



Published: Sat, August 20, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Braylon Edwards scored the go-ahead touchdown in the final minute.

DETROIT (AP) -- Braylon Edwards outjumped a defender and snatched the football for a go-ahead touchdown in his professional debut.

The 7-yard score with 54 seconds remaining lifted the Cleveland Browns to a 21-13 victory against the Detroit Lions on Saturday.

"It felt just like Michigan State," said the former Michigan standout, who caught three TD passes in a triple-overtime win last year over the Spartans.

On fourth-and-7, rookie Charlie Frye lofted a pass to Edwards in the corner of the end zone and the No. 3 pick in the draft rose over Michael Echols -- the Ursuline High graduate -- caught the ball and got both feet in bounds.

"I couldn't have drawn it up any better," said Edwards, who was playing in his hometown and 45 miles from his college.

Called the play

Edwards was relegated to the sideline until late in the first half and wasn't used in the go-ahead drive until the 6-foot-3 receiver said a fade should be called against Detroit's shorter cornerbacks.

"Since he made the suggestion, I thought he should be in," Cleveland coach Romeo Crennel said.

Michael Jameson made an interception to seal the victory for the Browns (2-0) and later, Jameson snatched a lateral out of the air with no time remaining and scored a TD from midfield.

Cleveland's Sherrod Coates forced and recovered Howard Jackson's fumble at midfield with 3:13 to go to give the Browns a chance to come back.

Garcia picked off twice

Before the rally, Jeff Garcia showed the Browns why they might have been wise to get rid of him, and why Detroit (0-2) probably hopes Joey Harrington stays healthy. Garcia threw two interceptions and a TD, finishing 9-of-15 for 99 yards.

Garcia's first interception came on an up-for-grabs heave toward the end zone, and his second was behind his intended target, just outside of the goal line.

"We can't win football games when we make mistakes like that," he said.

Charles Rogers made a twisting, over-the-shoulder, 29-yard TD catch on Garcia's second of three drives to give Detroit a 10-7 lead.

The Browns released Garcia in February, ending his one-year stint after signing a four-year deal worth $25 million. In 10 starts for the Cleveland, Garcia threw 10 TDs and nine interceptions. He signed a one-year, $2 million contract in Detroit, reuniting him with Steve Mariucci, who helped him develop into a Pro Bowl quarterback in San Francisco.

Harrington efficient

Harrington was efficient for the second straight week, completing 5-of-6 passes for 46 yards, but didn't throw a TD pass.

"We don't have an extensive red-zone package in right now, but you still want to punch it in," said Harrington, who is 14-of-15 in two games. "It is frustrating."

Kevin Jones, who ran for 33 yards on six carries, said the first-team offense is dangerous even though it hasn't scored a TD in two games.

Harrington led a 76-yard drive in the first quarter that ended with Jason Hanson's 22-yard field goal.

Dilfer connects

Three plays later, Trent Dilfer threw a perfect pass to Antonio Bryant, who beat Dre Bly and scored a 51-yard TD to give Cleveland a 7-3 lead. Dilfer was 9-of-13 for 136 yards. Bryant caught three passes for 78 yards, a day after rejoining the team after attending a funeral.

Edwards was in uniform, but did not play last week shortly after ending a two-week holdout. He looked like he couldn't wait to get in the game.

Finally, his number was called on Cleveland's fifth possession -- but he didn't have a pass thrown to him.

On Cleveland's first drive after halftime, Edwards caught a 2-yard pass for a first down and drew some applause. He finished with three receptions for 14 yards, but his quarterback tried to tone down the hype about his debut. "He made a great play with the game on the line, but let's not get too excited," Dilfer said.

Cleveland's secondary took another hit when starting cornerback Gary Baxter left the game with a concussion. The Browns started the game with three defensive backs inactive: Daylon McCutcheon (migraine headaches), Brodney Pool (concussion) and Michael Lehan (leg injury).




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