Final

Browns 24

(1-2, 0-1 away)

Raiders 26

(1-2, 1-1 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:05 PM ET, September 23, 2007

 

1 2 3 4 T
CLE 0 10 7 724
OAK 3 13 7 326

Top Performers

Passing: D. Anderson (CLE) - 248 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: L. Jordan (OAK) - 29 CAR, 121 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: K. Winslow (CLE) - 6 REC, 88 YDS

Raiders call timeout to thwart Browns' game-winning FG

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- As Phil Dawson lined up for the potential game-winning field goal, Oakland coach Lane Kiffin told the line judge he wanted to call a timeout before the kick.

After watching Denver coach Mike Shanahan use that same strategy to beat his Raiders in overtime last week, Kiffin figured he'd try it himself.

Scouts Buzz
The Oakland Raiders special teams got their revenge this week against the Cleveland Browns. Although the Raiders gave up a long touchdown return to Cleveland's Josh Cribbs, they redeemed themselves at the end of the game when they blocked a Phil Dawson field goal. Dawson is not to blame in this case. The left guard and left tackle on the Cleveland field goal team were split and that's what caused the field goal block. Oakland special teams coach Brian Schneider called a triple middle block, which has three Oakland defenders pushing three down lineman on the right of the long snapper. It caused leakage against the Browns and allowed the Raiders to block the field goal and earn their first win of the season.
-- Marwan Maalouf, Scouts Inc.
Complete Week 3 Scouts Buzz

The move paid off when Tommy Kelly blocked Dawson's last-second attempt to help the Raiders snap an 11-game losing streak with a 26-24 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

"The rookie coach learned something from the veteran last week," Raiders receiver Ronald Curry said. "He called a timeout at the end and Tommy made a great block on the kick."

Derek Anderson had driven the Browns (1-2) from their 9 to the Oakland 23 in the final 1:04 without a timeout to set up Dawson's 40-yard try. That's when Kiffin told the official his plan.

"I told him I was going to call it, and he gave me the 'You're going to have to give me the signal,'" Kiffin said. "I guess I don't have as many years in the league as Mike. I got it in a second later than I wanted, but it worked out."

Like Sebastian Janikowski in last week's 23-20 overtime loss for Oakland, Dawson split the uprights with the kick that did not count.

His attempt when it did was low and blocked by Kelly, setting off a midfield celebration by the Raiders.

"I actually didn't hear the timeout or the whistle," Dawson said. "I thought we had won the game. They did a good job of waiting until the last second to call the timeout."

Kiffin, the NFL's youngest coach in more than four decades at age 32, got his first win.

LaMont Jordan for 121 yards and a go-ahead touchdown late in the third quarter after Daunte Culpepper relieved an injured Josh McCown to lead the Raiders (1-2).

McCown threw a 41-yard TD pass to Curry in the first half and Janikowski made all four field goal attempts after missing four the first two weeks. That includes last week's potential game-winner from 52 yards after Shanahan's timely timeout.

"They don't ask you how you get them done, they just ask did you," Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp said. "We're a ballclub that is trying to learn how to win. Last week, we took a step closer and this week we got over the hump."

The late-game dramatics overshadowed another big performance by Jordan, who has 350 yards rushing after three games. He carried nine times on an 80-yard drive after Cleveland had taken the lead, and put Oakland back on top 23-17 with a 1-yard run late in the third quarter.

Jordan also went 27 yards on a screen pass on third-and-23 to set up Janikowski's 48-yard field goal that made it 26-17 midway through the fourth.

"It feels good. It's a good start," Jordan said. "My name will be the one in the headlines, but I'm happy for my offensive linemen. Those guys took a beating last year."

The Raiders defense made Anderson look ordinary a week after tying a team record with five TD passes in a 51-45 win over Cincinnati. Anderson was intercepted twice in the first half and finished 18-for-37 for 248 yards and a touchdown. He scored on a 1-yard run with 3:33 remaining to cut Oakland's lead to 26-24.

"We played terribly offensively," Anderson said. "We made a lot of mistakes. It's disappointing."

The Browns trailed 16-0 before getting a 99-yard kick return for a score from Josh Cribbs late in the first half and a 21-yard TD pass to Braylon Edwards midway through the third quarter to take a 17-16 lead. It wasn't enough as the Raiders outgained Cleveland 186-88 on the ground, holding Jamal Lewis to 56 yards.

"Offensively, we couldn't get untracked," coach Romeo Crennel said. "Defensively, we couldn't stop them. They threw it, they ran it. We couldn't stop the run no matter what front we happened to be in. We were out of position a lot."

Culpepper led a methodical 15-play drive that gave Oakland the lead, getting a 3-yard run by Jordan on fourth-and-1. Culpepper completed both his passes on the drive and drew penalties on two more throws. Culpepper finished 8-for-14 for 118 yards.

"I felt good the more plays I got, the more comfortable I was getting, just getting back to playing the game," Culpepper said. "I feel very comfortable in this offense now. Being here every day and not having to go out and play at first gave me the opportunity to really absorb it."

Kiffin said he would wait to decide who would start next week against Miami, the team that cut Culpepper in July.

Raiders fans made their preference for Culpepper known, booing McCown after he was sacked on the first play and cheering when he left for one play late in the first quarter after getting nicked up. McCown finished the first half but was replaced by Culpepper in the second half because of a sore left foot.

Game notes


Cribbs had two long kick returns last year against Oakland, taking one back 65 yards and another for 53 yards to help Cleveland win 24-21. ... Raiders LB Kirk Morrison, who had two INTs his first two years, has three so far this season. ... Raiders Hall of Fame center Jim Otto, who had his right leg amputated earlier this year, attended the game.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CLE
OAK
1st Downs1719
Passing 1st downs
129
Rushing 1st downs
47
1st downs from penalties
13
3rd down efficiency
5-147-16
4th down efficiency
1-11-1
Total Plays5769
Total Yards312396
Yards per play5.55.7
Total Drives1113
Passing224210
Comp-Att
18-3714-26
Yards per pass
5.97.5
Interceptions thrown
20
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-242-16
Rushing88186
Rushing Attempts
1941
Yards per rush
4.64.5
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-21-4
Penalties9-647-55
Turnovers22
Fumbles lost
02
Interceptions thrown
20
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession23:4336:17

Passing Leaders

CLEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Anderson18/372486.7121-24
OAKC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Culpepper8/141188.4001-11
McCown6/121089.0101-5

Rushing Leaders

CLECARYDSAVGTDLG
Lewis15563.7015
Wright11313.0013
OAKCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jordan291214.2125
Fargas8506.3021

Receiving Leaders

CLERECYDSAVGTDLG
Winslow68814.7033
Edwards48320.8127
OAKRECYDSAVGTDLG
Curry36220.7141
Madsen36120.3039

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCLEOAK
oakFG0:40Sebastian Janikowski 32 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 69 yds, 5:34
03
SECOND QUARTERCLEOAK
oakFG11:03Sebastian Janikowski 22 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 20 yds, 2:35
06
oakTD4:54Ronald Curry, 41 yd pass from Josh McCown (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 93 yds, 4:03
013
oakFG2:08Sebastian Janikowski 23 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 2 yds, 1:35
016
cleTD2:05Josh Cribbs, 99 yd kickoff return (Phil Dawson kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 99 yds, 0:00
2426
SECOND QUARTERCLEOAK
cleFG0:11Phil Dawson 23 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 24 yds, 1:28
1016
THIRD QUARTERCLEOAK
cleTD9:22Braylon Edwards, 21 yd pass from Derek Anderson (Phil Dawson kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 52 yds, 1:22
1716
oakTD0:10LaMont Jordan, 1 yd run (Sebastian Janikowski kick is good)
Drive info: 15 plays, 80 yds, 9:06
1723
FOURTH QUARTERCLEOAK
oakFG8:11Sebastian Janikowski 48 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 55 yds, 5:58
1726
cleTD3:37Derek Anderson, 1 yd run (Phil Dawson kick is good)
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yds, 4:38
2426