Final

Browns 26

(1-1, 1-0 away)

Packers 24

(0-2, 0-1 home)

4:15 PM ET, September 18, 2005

 

1 2 3 4 T
CLE 7 6 6 726
GB 7 0 0 1724

Top Performers

Passing: B. Favre (GB) - 342 YDS, 3 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: A. Green (GB) - 16 CAR, 54 YDS

Receiving: B. Edwards (CLE) - 3 REC, 107 YDS, 1 TD

Dilfer wins first at Green Bay for Crennel's first win as coach

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- They lived up to Reggie White's legacy on the day his number was retired, playing with a menacing mix of passion, poise and precision.

Not the Green Bay Packers, the Cleveland Browns.

It was over when ...
Steve Heiden grabbed a 62-yard touchdown pass from Trent Dilfer with 1:50 remaining. It proved too much in too short a time for the Packers to overcome in their opener at Lambeau Field.
Game ball goes to ...
Braylon Edwards. The rookie receiver had three catches for 107 yards and 1 TD. His score game in the third quarter, two plays after the Browns picked off Favre in the endzone. Edwards made the catch, split two defensive backs and raced 80 yards for the TD.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen Braylon Edwards had an exceptional game and showed something Browns' fans haven't seen in a long time in the receiving corps -- explosiveness and elusiveness. The Browns also displayed some of their strengths. They have Trent Dilfer, who can make some plays at quarterback and won't lose the team games. They played a very professional game on the road against Brett Favre on an emotional day when the Packers retired Reggie White's number.
-- Eric Allen

Trent Dilfer won for the first time in nine trips to Lambeau Field, guiding Cleveland over the mistake-prone Packers 26-24 for new coach Romeo Crennel's first win. Dilfer threw an 80-yard touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards and a game-icing 62-yarder to Steve Heiden with 1:50 remaining.

Dilfer, who lost six times as a starter at Green Bay, completed 21 of 32 passes for 336 yards -- the second-highest total of his career -- and three touchdowns. His 62-yarder to Heiden, who slipped a tackle by safety Mark Roman, made it 26-17, too much for the Packers to overcome even behind Brett Favre.

The Packers wanted desperately to honor White with a win. So did Dilfer, who like so many others, counted himself a friend of the "Minister of Defense," who died unexpectedly last year at age 43.

"I guarantee you,he and my son were watching the game together today," said Dilfer, who lost his 5-year-old son, Trevin, to a rare infection in 2003.

Dilfer recalled White's "kind words after football games when they beat us up. That meant the world to me."

"I think I'm third all-time on his sack list. Reggie and I got to know each other pretty intimately on the football field," Dilfer added. "What a special day for his family to honor him that way. In my 12 years, by far the classiest person I've ever met in this league. He had a huge influence on me personally, spiritually."

Favre broke John Elway's single-stadium NFL touchdown record of 180 with a 4-yard toss to Tony Fisher with 4 seconds left, but Brodney Pool recovered the onside kick for Cleveland (1-1).

"I've been 'Favre'd' twice up here," Dilfer said. "So, I was a wreck on the sidelines. It was big to erase some of those demons."

The Browns were backed up and facing a crucial third down after Favre, who also joined Dan Marino and Elway in the 50,000-yard passing club Sunday, pulled the Packers to 19-17 with a 19-yard TD to Robert Ferguson with 3:40 remaining.

With the crowd chanting "Reg-gie! Reg-gie!" in honor of the late White, whose number was retired at halftime, Dilfer calmly hit running back Reuben Droughns for a 12-yard gain on third-and-5. Then, following the 2-minute warning, he found Heiden over the middle to put the game out of reach.

"We blew the coverage," Roman said. "But I still have to get the guy down."

The Packers (0-2) looked at first like they wouldn't miss Javon Walker, their star receiver who went down with a season-ending knee injury last week. They went ahead 7-0 on their first possession when Donald Driver caught a short pass over the middle and raced past Ray Mickens and Chris Crocker for a 42-yard score.

The Browns (1-1) responded with an 80-yard drive capped by Dilfer's 1-yard throw to Heiden.

Phil Dawson added field goals of 21 and 39 yards to give the Browns a 13-7 halftime lead. His first field goal followed the first of Favre's two interceptions.

The Packers came out of the locker room early to watch White's No. 92 unveiled beneath the north end zone alongside those of Don Hutson, Tony Canadeo, Bart Starr and Ray Nitschke. White's widow, Sara, spoke to the crowd, and highlights were shown of White sacking quarterback after quarterback and holding the Lombardi Trophy aloft after the Packers' Super Bowl win following the 1996 season.

Then, it was back to 2005, and the Packers continued their sloppy play in losing their home opener for the third straight season.

"A loss is a loss, I don't care what day it is," Packers linebacker Nick Barnett said. "It hurts regardless of if it's Reggie White's day or Brett Favre's day or Bart Starr's day."

Two plays after Gary Baxter intercepted a Favre pass in the end zone, Dilfer hit Edwards, who split split defensive backs Joey Thomas and Nick Collins and raced 80 yards for the score.

"It's very disappointing that we lost in front of Reggie's family," cornerback Al Harris said. "We didn't give him much of a tribute today."<

Game notes


Jecolia White, White's 17-year-old daughter, sang the national anthem. ... Favre finished 32-of-44 for 342 yards. His 20-yard run was his longest since 1999. ... TE Bubba Franks hurt his left hip.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CLE
GB
1st Downs1927
Passing 1st downs
1219
Rushing 1st downs
48
1st downs from penalties
30
3rd down efficiency
2-810-14
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Plays5575
Total Yards391452
Yards per play7.16.0
Total Drives1011
Passing336336
Comp-Att
21-3232-44
Yards per pass
10.57.5
Interceptions thrown
02
Sacks-Yards Lost
0-01-6
Rushing55116
Rushing Attempts
2330
Yards per rush
2.43.9
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-30-3
Penalties6-406-41
Turnovers02
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
02
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession24:4935:11

Passing Leaders

CLEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Dilfer21/3233610.5300-0
GBC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Favre32/443427.8321-6

Rushing Leaders

CLECARYDSAVGTDLG
Droughns20502.508
Dilfer351.705
GBCARYDSAVGTDLG
Green16543.4010
Davenport8364.506

Receiving Leaders

CLERECYDSAVGTDLG
Edwards310735.7180
Heiden610417.3262
GBRECYDSAVGTDLG
Driver610517.5142
Chatman47117.8022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCLEGB
gbTD9:56Donald Driver, 42 yd pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 75 yds, 5:04
07
cleTD3:52Steve Heiden, 1 yd pass from Trent Dilfer (Phil Dawson kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 69 yds, 5:50
77
SECOND QUARTERCLEGB
cle13:50Phil Dawson 13 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 19 yds, 10:52
107
cle0:17Phil Dawson 32 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 62 yds, 3:19
137
THIRD QUARTERCLEGB
cleTD2:36Braylon Edwards, 80 yd pass from Trent Dilfer
Drive info: 2 plays, 80 yds, 0:06
197
FOURTH QUARTERCLEGB
gb11:40Ryan Longwell 26 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 14 plays, 63 yds, 9:18
1910
gbTD3:47Robert Ferguson, 19 yd pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick is good)
Drive info: 14 plays, 96 yds, 6:13
1917
cleTD2:00Steve Heiden, 62 yd pass from Trent Dilfer (Phil Dawson kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 80 yds, 1:32
2617
gbTD0:10Tony Fisher, 4 yd pass from Brett Favre (Ryan Longwell kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 66 yds, 1:35
2624