Final

Raiders 9

(5-10, 3-5 away)

Browns 23

(4-11, 2-5 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, December 27, 2009

FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH 

1 2 3 4 T
OAK 3 6 0 09
CLE 10 7 3 323

Top Performers

Passing: C. Frye (OAK) - 333 YDS, 3 INT

Rushing: J. Harrison (CLE) - 39 CAR, 148 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: Z. Miller (OAK) - 9 REC, 110 YDS

Harrison rushes for 148 as Browns earn first 3-game win streak since '07

Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Walking through the wide doors of Cleveland's locker room, Browns coach Eric Mangini was greeted by smiling faces.

"Congratulations, coach," a team employee hollered at Mangini.

"Thank you," he replied.

Once thought to be on his way out of Cleveland after just one season, Mangini may be staging a stunning comeback of his own.

Fast Facts

• Cleveland won its third straight game, its longest win streak since 2007 and first three-game win streak in December since 1987.

• Jerome Harrison rushed for 148 yards and a TD on 39 carries. He has 434 yards, 4 TDs and 73 carries in his last two games.

• Charlie Frye is the second Raider in history to have 300-plus yards passing, 3-plus INTs and no TD passes in a game. The other was Marc Wilson on Dec. 13, 1987, in a loss at the Chiefs.

• Oakland is 5-10 this season, its seventh straight season with 10-plus losses. That's the second longest streak in NFL history.

• Bloggers' wrapups

• Rapid reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Jerome Harrison rushed for 148 yards on 39 carries and the Browns won their third straight, 23-9 over the reckless Oakland Raiders on Sunday, extending a surprising streak that Mangini can use to strengthen his case to convince new Browns boss Mike Holmgren to keep him.

With consecutive wins over Pittsburgh, Kansas City and Oakland, the Browns (4-11) have their first three-game winning streak since 2007 and only their third since 1999. Holmgren, who last week agreed to become Cleveland's team president, may have to factor Cleveland's late-season surge into whether he retains Mangini.

When the Browns were 1-11, Mangini's fate seemed to be sealed. There's no telling now what his future could hold.

"I'm happy with the way things have been going," he said. "I've seen progress from the group. It is a process. To see this is a real positive."

The Browns had been expected to introduce Holmgren at a news conference this week. However, those plans may be pushed back until the new year. Following Sunday's game, the team announced that Holmgren would be available only via conference call on Monday.

The team has no firm plans to bring in Holmgren, who may be waiting until the conclusion of the season before arriving from his home in Arizona and officially taking over the Browns. Speculation has centered on Holmgren hiring his own coach, but the Browns' sudden spurt could cause him to consider giving Mangini more time.

If the Browns can beat Jacksonville at home next Sunday, they would have their first four-game winning streak in their expansion era.

"This shows the character of the guys we have in this locker room," said quarterback Derek Anderson, who finished 8 of 17 for 121 yards with one TD pass and didn't throw an interception in his first start since Nov. 1. "Nobody is going to quit."

There's no denying the Browns have improved. They've cut down on turnovers, penalties, showed imagination on offense and had backups emerge as playmakers, none more so than Harrison, who followed up a 286-yard game last week by scoring the second time he touched the ball and breaking Lee Suggs' team mark for attempts.

"We see it as we're moving in the right direction," said Harrison, who was happy to be the workhorse for a second straight week. "If my number is called, I just try to make the best of it, whether it's running, blocking, catching whatever it may be."

The Raiders (5-10) helped the Browns beat them.

They committed 13 penalties for 126 yards, had two players ejected and failed for the fifth time this season to win two straight games.

"Some it is uncalled for stuff," Oakland coach Tom Cable said. "We've got to see what's going on, but that's 130 yards and that's disappointing."

One positive for the Raiders was Sebastian Janikowski, who kicked a 61-yard field goal -- the fourth longest in league history -- on the final play of the first half. Janikowski's low line drive barely cleared the crossbar, hitting the goose-neck support and bouncing back onto the field.

Janikowski's kick has only been bettered by New Orleans' Tom Dempsey (1970) and Denver's Jason Elam (1998), who share the record of 63 yards and Tampa Bay's Matt Bryant (2006), who hit from 62 yards.

"That's one of the best kicks I've ever had," Janikowski said. "In these conditions with the snow and wind, I'm proud of it. In warmups, we kicked it 60 yards going in that direction. I hit it hard. I thought it was short at first and it barely got in there."

Janikowski also made kicks from 44 and 34.

Phil Dawson kicked field goals of 42, 33 and 34 yards for Cleveland.

Oakland's Charlie Frye had a rough homecoming.

The former Browns QB went 26 of 45 for a career-high 333 yards, but was sacked four times and threw three interceptions, including one on his first pass.

"I didn't give our team a very good chance to win. Turnovers trump everything," said Frye, who sustained a concussion last week at Denver.

Anderson's 19-yard TD pass to rookie Mohamed Massaquoi with 18 seconds left before halftime gave the Browns a 17-6 lead, capping a drive in which the Raiders lost their cool. Pro Bowl lineman Richard Seymour was called for unsportsmanlike conduct and cornerback Stanford Routt was flagged for head-butting and ejected.

"A little light just started the whole thing," Seymour said. "Everybody just jumped on. Obviously, we have to keep our composure. You never want to have personal fouls on a drive, especially on a play that didn't even happen and you get another one."

Game notes


Browns WR Brian Robiskie (ankle) and DE Kenyon Coleman (ankle) were injured and did not return. ... Janikowski's previous career best was a 57-yarder in overtime last season to beat the Jets. ... Frye joins Marc Wilson (1987) as the only Raiders QBs to throw for at least 300 yards, with three or more picks and 0 TDs.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
OAK
CLE
1st Downs1916
Passing 1st downs
166
Rushing 1st downs
27
1st downs from penalties
13
3rd down efficiency
3-136-16
4th down efficiency
0-20-0
Total Plays6865
Total Yards389282
Yards per play5.74.3
Total Drives1413
Passing301118
Comp-Att
26-458-17
Yards per pass
6.16.2
Interceptions thrown
30
Sacks-Yards Lost
4-322-3
Rushing88164
Rushing Attempts
1946
Yards per rush
4.63.6
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-42-5
Penalties13-1266-64
Turnovers31
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
30
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession29:3830:22

Passing Leaders

OAKC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Frye26/453337.4034-32
CLEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Anderson8/171217.1102-3

Rushing Leaders

OAKCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bush10525.2014
McFadden7233.308
CLECARYDSAVGTDLG
Harrison391483.8117
Cribbs4215.3017

Receiving Leaders

OAKRECYDSAVGTDLG
Miller911012.2031
Schilens46416.0022
CLERECYDSAVGTDLG
Massaquoi36120.3128
Gaines12424.0024

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTEROAKCLE
cleTD13:38Jerome Harrison 17 Yard Run (Phil Dawson Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 17 yds, 0:43
07
cleFG8:22Phil Dawson 42 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 45 yds, 4:14
010
oakFG2:53Sebastian Janikowski 44 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 48 yds, 5:28
310
SECOND QUARTEROAKCLE
oakFG11:16Sebastian Janikowski 34 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 5 plays, 14 yds, 2:12
610
cleTD0:21Mohamed Massaquoi 19 Yard Pass From Derek Anderson (Phil Dawson Kick is Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 93 yds, 1:28
617
oakFG0:01Sebastian Janikowski 61 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 3 plays, 15 yds, 0:18
917
THIRD QUARTEROAKCLE
cleFG11:11Phil Dawson 33 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 28 yds, 3:53
920
FOURTH QUARTEROAKCLE
cleFG8:35Phil Dawson 34 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 31 yds, 3:00
923