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 left 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
star, 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, 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.
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
"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 left and scored a TD from midfield.
Cleveland's Sherrod Coates forced and recovered Howard Jackson's
fumble at midfield with 3:13 left to give the Browns a chance to
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,"
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
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 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.
"A lot of people who don't really watch the whole game and only
see the final score might say, 'Same old Lions -- they're losing,"
he said. "We're explosive."
Harrington led a 76-yard drive in the first quarter that ended
with Jason Hanson's 22-yard field goal.
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
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.
"I was cool at first, but then fans started calling my name,"
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
Detroit DT Shaun Rogers left the game with a shin injury in
the first half, reserve DT Marcus Jasmin was carted off late in the
game with ankle and knee injuries. ... Browns long snapper Ryan
Pontbriand hurt his shoulder. ... Dilfer's backup, Doug Johnson,
didn't play because of a sore arm.
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