Chiefs 28

(7-5, 2-4 away)

Browns 31

(4-8, 2-5 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, December 3, 2006

FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH 

1 2 3 4 OT T
KC 0 14 7 7 028
CLE 7 7 0 14 331

Top Performers

Passing: T. Green (KC) - 297 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: L. Johnson (KC) - 28 CAR, 110 YDS

Receiving: E. Kennison (KC) - 7 REC, 117 YDS, 1 TD

Backup QB leads charge as Browns top Chiefs in OT

CLEVELAND (AP) -- By his 10th birthday, Derek Anderson wore size 17 shoes. On Sunday, those gigantic feet ran the Cleveland Browns to an improbable win.

Anderson threw two touchdown passes to Steve Heiden in the final 8:55 of regulation and then scrambled 33 yards in overtime to set up Phil Dawson's 33-yard field goal, giving the Browns a 31-28 victory over the stunned Kansas City Chiefs.

Scouts Inc.'s take ...
With the extra attention Cleveland's defense gave Larry Johnson, Trent Green found suitable matchups. The most obvious one was Tony Gonzalez (right), who was simply a better player than anyone guarding him. With multiple formations and personnel groupings, Green did a fine job of using play-action to freeze Cleveland's linebackers. He was accurate without taking unnecessary risks. On defense, the Chiefs kept it basic with their Cover 2 scheme, but the Browns got new life in backup QB Derrick Anderson, who replaced the injured Charlie Frye for a stretch, and threw accurately with great zip. Cleveland also utilized a variety of receiving options, as the Chiefs' pass defense favored their primary options. Overall, the Browns wanted this game more and played harder and with more emotion in their overtime victory.

Before coming in for the injured Charlie Frye, Anderson had never thrown an NFL pass and had taken only one snap. However, the 23-year-old calmly rallied the Browns (4-8), who capped another dysfunctional week with only their second December win at home since 1999.

"This was a big, big win for our team," Anderson said. "Last week was such a mess for us."

Dawson kicked his game-winner with 7:25 remaining in OT after the gangly, 6-foot-6 Anderson sprinted right, broke a tackle near the sideline and lumbered his way down to the Chiefs 12.

"He looked like Forrest Gump," wide receiver Joe Jurevicius said.

The Browns then ran the ball twice to move it between the hash marks for Dawson, who booted Cleveland to its first OT win since 2002 -- one that should silence speculation about coach Romeo Crennel's job.

Anderson was growing so fast as a kid in Oregon that his parents had to order his sneakers from the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, who sent the family ones belonging to center Arvydas Sabonis.

Not only did he fill those, but he stepped smoothly into Frye's, too.

"I knew he could play like that," Browns running back Jason Wright said. "I believe in him. I wasn't surprised, but I'm sure a lot of people are."

Especially the Chiefs.

Trent Green threw four TD passes -- two to Tony Gonzalez -- for Kansas City, which had its AFC playoff hopes severely damaged. The Chiefs (7-5) led 28-14 with 8:55 to play in regulation after Green hooked up with Gonzalez on a 23-yard strike.

But Anderson, Cleveland's third-string QB a year ago, brought the Browns back to cap a bizarre week.

"The season isn't over, but we just made it a lot tougher," said Gonzalez, who had nine catches for 105 yards. "We played well, we just didn't finish. We let one slip away."

Green, making his third start after missing eight games with a concussion, was 24-of-32 for 297 yards. The Chiefs fell three games behind San Diego in the AFC West.

"Now we need other teams to help us out," Green said. "That's why this one is so disappointing."

The win was totally unexpected from the Browns, who were embarrassed 30-0 by Cincinnati last week. The ugly loss was compounded by wide receiver Braylon Edwards arguing with his teammates on the sideline, a disturbing scene that led to talk that Crennel was down to his final days.

But there was no finger-pointing as Edwards caught a TD pass and kept his mouth shut until after the game.

"This shows what kind of team we have," Edwards said. "When we play on all cylinders and don't get caught up in everything else, we can play."

However, things didn't look good for the Browns when Frye came out after halftime wearing a brace and without his shoulder pads. Anderson, though, rode in to the rescue.

Frye got hurt on Cleveland's first series. He went for X-rays before returning to guide the Browns to a tying TD just before halftime. Following the game, Frye was vague about the extent of his injury.

"I tried to fight it off for a while," said Frye, who also hurt his left ankle on the same play. "At halftime, the trainer pulled the plug on it. I should know tomorrow just how serious it is."

Tight end Kellen Winslow blurted out that Frye's wrist was broken, but later backtracked on his claim.

"I don't know," Frye said. "I'm heading to the [Cleveland] Clinic tomorrow."

That will change if his wrist is broken, and even if it's not, Frye will not likely be ready to play Thursday night when the Browns (4-8) visit the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Crennel said Frye will be evaluated Monday at the Cleveland Clinic and the club will have more information on his injury after more tests are completed.

With Cleveland down by 14 and appearing to be on its way to another lopsided loss, Anderson hooked up with Heiden for a 6-yard score to pull the Browns within 28-21. The pair connected again to tie it with 35 seconds left.

In OT, Anderson completed a 26-yard pass to Winslow -- his only reception. Then, following a sack, Anderson rolled out, and without anyone to throw to, took off on his memorable jaunt.

As he neared the sideline, Anderson shook off Chiefs safety Greg Wesley's tackle and kept his legs churning "on the longest run I've had since high school. I just wanted to keep going until I got knocked down."

When Dawson's kick sailed through, several Browns leaped into the Dawg Pound to celebrate.

"It's everything," said Jurevicius, a Cleveland native who signed as a free agent to play for his hometown team. "This is the stuff I remember from the old Browns Stadium. This is what I came here for."

Game notes

Bobby Martin, a former Dayton high school football player born without legs, joined the Browns during player introductions. On Saturday, he visited the team's training facility and even worked out with the team. "I taught them everything I could," he said. ... Gonzalez's 61 career TDs are the second most for a tight end, one behind Shannon Sharpe. ... The Browns are just 2-14 at home in December since '99.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2426
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6664
Total Yards417438
Yards per play6.36.8
Total Drives1010
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-24-5
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

cleTD9:53Braylon Edwards, 23 yd pass from Charlie Frye (Phil Dawson kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 63 yds, 5:14
kcTD14:26Eddie Kennison, 22 yd pass from Trent Green (Lawrence Tynes kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 85 yds, 4:23
kcTD6:07Tony Gonzalez, 9 yd pass from Trent Green (Lawrence Tynes kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 80 yds, 6:03
cleTD0:23Reuben Droughns, 1 yd run (Phil Dawson kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 62 yds, 5:43
kcTD10:16Kris Wilson, 6 yd pass from Trent Green (Lawrence Tynes kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 77 yds, 4:52
kcTD12:27Tony Gonzalez, 23 yd pass from Trent Green (Lawrence Tynes kick is good)
Drive info: 14 plays, 99 yds, 7:41
cleTD9:01Steve Heiden, 6 yd pass from Derek Anderson (Phil Dawson kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 81 yds, 3:24
cleTD0:40Steve Heiden, 3 yd pass from Derek Anderson (Phil Dawson kick is good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 70 yds, 4:42
cleFG8:12Phil Dawson 33 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 63 yds, 5:38