Browns hold off Bengals 23-20

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.

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