Matt Bahr kicked a 24-yard field goal with no time left on the clock as the Cleveland Browns capitalized on a New England fumble to beat the Patriots, 10-7, today.
Running back Mark Van Eeghen had fumbled the ball at his 20 with 1:24 left, on the first play following a punt. Clinton Burrell recovered for Cleveland and three plays later Bahr kicked the winning field goal.
The game was played in a steady rain, and began with both teams being booed.
Matt Cavanaugh passed to Preston Brown for a 38-yard touchdown with 3:18 left to tie the score at 7. That was only the third completion for Cavanaugh, and Brown outjumped defender Hanford Dixon for the ball in the end zone.
The Browns had taken the lead early in the fourth quarter when Brian Sipe threw to Ricky Feacher for a 40-yard touchdown. Feacher caught Sipe's pass at the 25, then spun away from defenders Ray Clayborn and Rick Sanford.
New England's only previous scoring threat ended when Rex Robinson missed on a 34-yard field goal try midway through the third quarter.
"In the first half, we were all a little dazed by the weather and field conditions," Sipe said. "The misses (dropped passes) had more to do with the weather than the layoff."