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A sound stomping – Pats beaten badly in Cleveland 34-14


After hearing all week that they were back as the best team in the AFC, the Patriots were beaten in every way, shape and form by a Cleveland Browns team Sunday that had won just twice on the season.

The result was a 34-14 trouncing that had better get New England refocused as now they head to Pittsburgh to take on a Steelers team that many feel is the best team in football.

Peyton Hillis, a former Bronco castoff, ran all over the Pats for a career-high 181 yards with two scores, including the final nail in the coffin with 2:36 left as he went 35 yards to make it a 20-point game.

The Browns, who pulled a fake punt and some other tricks in a win over the Saints two weeks ago, were at it again, and it caught the Pats off guard.

Cleveland got a TD when Chansi Stuckey took a handoff from Josh Cribbs and raced around end for an 11-yard score that made it 17-7 with 3:23 left in the first half.

Then after the Pats quickly moved down the field, the Browns made the play of the game when Abe Elam combined with a few friends to strip Pats rookie TE Rob Gronkowski at the Browns two-yard line to stop a drive that could have made it 17-14.

From there, the Browns defense stopped Tom Brady and the Pats offense, never allowing them to get into much of a rhythm as the Browns run game dominated the second half.

Colt McCoy again proved whey he should now have a complete strangle hold on the starting QB job for the rest of the season. He made no mistakes, and threw the ball well on the run, completing 14-of-19 passes for 174 yards with a TD run as well to make it 24-7 in the third quarter. He didn’t throw a pick.

The Patriots were beaten up, knocked around, and hit with haymakers early and often. They allowed the Browns a field goal on their opening drive, then called for a fair catch on the next kickoff, and it was fumbled when Sammy Morris couldn’t figure out what to do with it.

The Browns went up 10-0 just two plays later, and the Pats were playing catch up all day after that. Brady was never very good, throwing for 224 yards on 19-for-36 passing with one TD.

It was one of the ugliest games the Pats have played in a long time, and now they head to Pittsburgh for the Steelers next Sunday night in a game they need to keep pace in the AFC.


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One Response to “A sound stomping – Pats beaten badly in Cleveland 34-14”

  1. Wanda says:

    Well, who would have thunk it? Cleveland over Pats.

    Girls: who’s your daddy now?

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