Brian Sipe passed 48 yards to tight end Harry Holt for a touchdown 1:53 into an overtime period today to give the Cleveland Browns a 30-24 victory over the San Diego Chargers.
Holt caught the pass near San Diego's 20, then broke two tackles.
"I saw them playing him (Holt) man to man," said Sipe. "He got a good release and got on top of his man right away and I hit him.
"Harry was a fine player in Canada with a lot of promise. But he was not hitting on all eight cylinders since joining us because we have a very complex system."
The Browns (3-1) won the coin toss at the start of the extra period and Dwight Walker gave them excellent field position with a 33-yard kickoff return to their 37. Sipe passed to Holt for the game-winner on the fourth play of overtime.
"We've got ourselves in a damn big hole now," said Coach Don Coryell, whose Chargers are 1-3.
The Browns had tied when Matt Bahr kicked a 32-yard field goal with 18 seconds left in regulation. They had driven from San Diego's 43 after a punt to the Chargers' 15.
The Chargers had rallied from a 21-10 deficit early in the third quarter to take a 24-21 lead on Dan Fouts' two touchdown passes to wide receiver Wes Chandler in a span of 3:08.
Chandler, knocked out of the game with a broken tooth and lacerated lip early in the second quarter, caught 25- and 34-yard passes for San Diego's second and third touchdowns. Tight end Eric Sievers had his nose broken but returned to catch a touchdown pass just before halftime.
The Chargers held a 3-0 lead on Rolf Benirschke's 37-yard field goal when the Browns scored on drives of 81 and 77 yards for a 14-3 advantage late in the second quarter.
Fullback Mike Pruitt scored his team's first touchdown on a one-yard burst and Sipe threw 11 yards to tight end Ozzie Newsome for the second.
San Diego finally got its offense going late in the half, scoring with 1:58 left on Fouts' 15-yard lob to Sievers on third and 12. The Browns took a 21-10 lead early in the third quarter when Sipe threw 27 yards to wide receiver Bobby Jones.
Sipe completed 27 of 44 passes for 327 yards against the porous San Diego defense. He repeatedly hurt the Chargers on third-down passes.
Fouts was 24 of 38 for 351 yards, giving him 33 300-yard or better passing days in his NFL career. His sixth completion of the game broke the club record of 3,640 set by John Hadl. Teammate Chuck Muncie became the 20th running back in NFL history to gain 6,000 yards.