DETROIT (Aug. 20, 2005) -- Braylon Edwards outjumped a defender and snatched the football for a go-ahead touchdown in his professional debut.
"It felt just like Michigan State," said the former Michigan star, who caught three TD passes in a triple-overtime victory last year against 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 cornerbacks.
"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.
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 registered two interceptions and a TD, finishing 9-for-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," he said.
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 lead.
The Browns released Garcia in February, ending his one-year stint after signing a four-year deal. In 10 starts for the Cleveland, Garcia recorded 10 TDs and nine interceptions. He signed a one-year 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 successive 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-for-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."
|Antonio Bryant's 51-yard touchdown catch gave Cleveland a 7-3 lead in the first quarter.|
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-for-13 for 136 yards. Bryant caught three passes for 78 yards a day after rejoining the team after attending a funeral.
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," Edwards said.
Finally, his number was called on Cleveland's fifth possession -- but no passes were thrown his way.
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),
- 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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