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(Sunday, October 11th)
Final Score: Cleveland 6, Buffalo 3
Orchard Park, NY (Sports Network) - Billy Cundiff's 18-yard field goal with 23 seconds left in the fourth quarter lifted Cleveland over Buffalo, 6-3, at a blustery Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Jamal Lewis gained 117 yards on 31 carries for the Browns (1-4), who finally gave new head coach Eric Mangini his first victory with Cleveland.
"This is a lot better feeling up here today. I couldn't be happier," Mangini said to start his post-game press conference. "I knew we were going to have to run the ball a lot with the wind being more of a factor as the game went on, and we did that well."
Derek Anderson put forth his worst start as a pro, producing career-lows with 2-of-17 completions for 23 yards and one interception.
Trent Edwards was 16-of-31 for 152 yards and a pick for the Bills (1-4), who have dropped three in a row.
Marshawn Lynch added 69 yards on 17 rushes and added six catches for 56 yards for Buffalo, which engaged in its lowest-scoring contest since an 8-0 loss at Cleveland on December 16, 2007.
Cleveland failed on a drive deep in its own territory with just over three minutes to play in the contest. On the punt, Buffalo's Roscoe Parrish mishandled the ball as it spun on the turf, allowing Browns linebacker Blake Costanzo to recover on the Buffalo 16.
Lewis gained 10 and a first down on a 3rd-and-9 from the 15, then made it to the one on 3nd-and-goal from the four with 26 seconds to play. From a time out, Cundiff got the call for an 18-yarder and was true for a 6-3 game for the Browns.
Cundiff's kickoff rolled out of bounds to give the Bills possession on their own 40. Edwards hit Lee Evans for four yards before an incompletion, then Lynch caught a pass on the final play of the game which was finally ruled dead after multiple laterals.
"We're very disappointed, I must say. To be in the game and have a chance to win it that late is a big letdown for everybody," said Bills head coach Dick Jauron.
Cundiff drilled a 24-yard field goal midway through the second quarter to break the scoreless deadlock, capping a seven-play, 47-yard drive.
Buffalo drove into Browns territory on the following series, but with the wind still whipping, the Bills chose to pass up a long field goal and go for it on 4th-and-24 at Cleveland's 31 with 1:32 left to no avail. The visitors were unable to move the ball before the half.
The Bills got on the board when Lindell hit from 36 yards out on the opening drive of the third quarter and both teams failed to break the tie through the third period and into the fourth.
Cleveland has won three in a row and 10 of the 15 all-time meetings...Lewis' last 100-yard game came on December 30, 2007...Anderson completed one pass in eight attempts for 16 yards in the first half...Bills linebacker Kawika Mitchell left the game early in the second quarter with a right knee injury sustained when the leg was rolled over during a play. Buffalo linebacker Marcus Buggs also left the game late in the third with a left leg injury.
10/11 20:23:39 ET
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