The tide turned with a rib injury suffered by Browns starting quarterback DeShone Kizer in the third quarter.
But a comeback is exactly what the Detroit Lions needed on Sunday, after being down early to the winless Cleveland Browns at Ford Field. The Browns lost 38-24 but had Kizer not gotten injured, they were on their way to their first win of the season. They won't do it with the type of defensive effort and offensive production they had in the first three quarters against the Browns. The Browns have not won a game all season and if the Lions were to lose, it would be devastating to their playoff chances.
The Lions finally put the game away at that point, as wide receiver Golden Tate took a short pass 40 yards for a touchdown that put the Lions up 38-24.More news: Email scam targets Netflix users
The Lions then knotted the score at 10-all when Ameer Abdullah bulled up the middle from 9 yards out with 10:25 remaining until intermission.
The Browns made mistakes, including at the end of the first half when they botched the most basic elements in clock management.
Kenny Britt doubled his touchdown total for the season with a nice catch-and-run on a 19-yard pass. He finished 21-of-37 for 232 yards with one touchdown and one interception as the Browns tried a last-gasp comeback. Emmanuel Ogbah had two sacks. It was a rough day for the rush defense though, as they let a weak Lions rushing attack rush for 104 yards and 5.5 yards per carry. Ogbah and Myles Garrett started fast, Kizer looked more comfortable and the Browns were aggressive and successful running the ball.More news: Sony is crafting a rewards scheme based around PlayStation's trophy system
Kizer was tackled by cornerback Quandre Diggs on a blitz while throwing an incompletion.
The end result may have been a familiar one, but this may have been the best game the Browns played all season.More news: Most unaware of link between alcohol, cancer