Browns Need Encouragement, Not Criticism--Go Browns!" They cut way down on the penalties and for the most part, went in the right direction. Hoyer's throws were right on the money during the first half, but the second half threw a couple interceptions and was sacked twice I think. (This is normal for the Browns to have a good first half and not-so-good a second half.)
They also got a huge break on the muffed kickoff return. What a crazy rule this is. The Benjamin Travis touched the football but didn't actually catch it and the Vikings picked it up and ran it in for a TD . . . only it didn't count because it wasn't actually a fumble since the Browns guy didn't actually catch it in the first place. But wait, it gets better! Then the Vikings coach challenged it and got a 15 yard penalty for poor sportsmanship because a muffed ball play is not challengable. The announcers said they should have just lost a challenge instead of getting a penalty for it, but that was really something. Finally the Browns got a break--usually these things go against us!
It was an exciting game though because although the Browns led again at halftime, the Vikings came out the second half scoring and making a comeback. In the end, our defense was able to stop them before they had time to score again. A field goal wasn't enough, they needed a TD and I was holding my breath when they were throwing that ball down field.
My cat, Manny Boy and dog, Abby watched the game with me. Abby barked her head off at the end when we won, joining in with my celebrating!
Don't you just love the excitement of football? It's definitely my favorite thing about fall!
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