New England Patriots Super Bowl Champs

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.

Enjoyed this post?
Subscribe to Patriots Gab via RSS Feed or E-mail and receive daily news updates from us!

Submit to Digg  Stumble This Story  Share on Twitter  Post on Facebook  Post on MySpace  Add to  Bark It Up  Submit to Reddit  Fave on Technorati

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?

Leave a Reply