CLEVELAND (AP) — Peyton Hillis rumbled for 102 yards and a touchdown, Phil Dawson kicked three field goals and the Cleveland Browns finally held on to a fourth-quarter lead, surviving a big day by Terrell Owens for their first win, 23-20 over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
The Browns (1-3) had lost their first three games by a total of 12 points, failing to finish down the stretch.
But this time, they overcame a costly penalty, made a crucial sack of Carson Palmer in the closing minutes and withstood a 10-catch, 220-yard performance by Owens, who also moved into second place on the NFL career list in receiving yards.
The Bengals (2-2) had their eight-game winning streak in the AFC North snapped.
See Monday’s edition of The Vindicator for the full story.