Deshaun Watson, receivers go cold in 17-10 loss to Saints that drops Browns to 6-9, ends their slim playoff hopes

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Cleveland, Ohio — Just kidding.

After leading 10-0 in the second quarter, the Browns lost 17-10 to the Saints at the frozen FirstEnergy Stadium, giving frozen fans nothing but a lump of coal on Christmas Eve.

The loss dropped the Browns to 6-9 and eliminated playoff contention altogether. The Saints improved to his 6-9 record and kept their playoff hopes alive.

Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson struggled in frigid conditions, completing 15-of-31 attempts for 135 yards, no touchdowns and an interception for a 47.1 rating. He went ice cold in the second half.

Nick Chubb rushed for 92 yards, but it wasn’t enough as the Browns failed to score in the second half.

Trailing 17-10, Watson took over at 20. He waved off a sack, hit Amari Cooper on a 14-yard pass to the Saints 33, and David He hit the bell on an 18-yard pass to the 15th.

Watson, however, threw three straight incompletes. One was a pass to Cooper, in the end he zoned Donovan He Peoples and tight end David He Nyok was dropped.

Watson struggled to reach his goal in heavy winds that blew the lake in gusts of over 30 miles per hour. The temperature at kickoff was 6 degrees for him, making it the coldest regular season game for him in Browns history. Windchill felt like minus 16.

“Both teams have to play,” Browns manager Kevin Stefanski said of the post-loss situation. “You have to find a way.”

That didn’t stop him from keeping his promise to warm up shirtless before the game. I meditated in the zone. Two Saints players also came out shirtless to warm up.

The Browns led 10-0 in the second quarter, but gave the Saints 17 straight points after featuring dual threat quarterback/running back Tatham Hill, who platooned with Andy Dalton. Dalton had 92 yards on 8 of his 15 passes and his passer rating was 44.3.

With the Saints clinging to a 17-10 lead in the fourth quarter, Alvin Kamara caught a pass past Dion Jones for 29 yards near midfield. However, Greg Newsome II forced the Saints three plays when he broke a deep ball to left receiver Keith Kirkwood.

The Browns turned the ball over with 6:55 left in the game to start New Orleans on the Browns’ 39, but the defense forced a three-and-out to give the Browns another chance. But they couldn’t finish it.

In the first half, the Browns encouraged fans to descend into the sparsely populated lower bowl for better visibility. After that, the third deck was empty and the middle deck was spotty.

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New Orleans took the lead for the first time, 17–10, with 55 seconds left in the third quarter on a 4-yard run by Kamara. TD took advantage of a DeShawn Watson interception by Daniel Sorenson off the hands of David Bell. Sorensen returned the interception his 36 yards and started the Saints on his 15 for the Browns.

The Saints executed a fearsome double dip to tie the game at 10 with 9:40 left in the third quarter. In the first half he kicked a 23-yard goal to take him within 10-3. On the first drive of the second half, they tied it 10–10 on an 8-yard TD run by Taysom Hill on a nine-play march.

Relying more on Hill and Kamala, the Saints gave the Browns 152 rushing yards on the day.

The Browns led 10-3 at halftime with a 12-yard TD run by Deshawn Watson and a 30-yard field goal by Cade York.

The Saints closed the gap with a 23-yard Will Lutz field goal as time expired in the first half.

Watson’s TD run was completed by Grant Delpitt intercepting Andy Dalton with 2:44 left in the first quarter by tight end Juwan Johnson with a pass over middle.

Delpit returned the ball 40 yards and dove into Dawg Pound, where he was attacked by both fans and teammates.

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The Browns started with the Saints’ 30 and managed a first down of the game after going 3-and-out for a total of 10 yards on each of their first three possessions.

Njoku caught a 6-yard pass to the 12 and Watson took it from there and high-stepped to the left of the end for the first rushing touchdown against the Browns on the first play of the second quarter. rice field.

Watson was so excited that he jumped into the VIP box on the left side of the field and sat with the fans, much to the delight of the fans.

The Browns forced a three-and-out on the Saints’ ensuing drive, and Watson marched the Browns to the Saints’ 12. After dancing around in the backfield waiting for a receiver to open, Watson found Cooper alone in the back. I found a .delivered a perfect ball in the end zone. However, Cooper slipped on the snow-covered grass and dropped the pass.

York stepped up and scored a 30-yard kick to make it 10-0 with 4:07 remaining.

The Saints ran Hill further on their final drive of the first half, scoring 11 and 16 yards on a field gold live. However, the Browns stopped him for 1 and 2 yards from 8 and 7, and the Saints had to settle for a field goal.


The Browns will visit the Washington Commanders on New Year’s Day.Kickoff is set for 1pm

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