The Cleveland Browns won their first game in more than one full calendar year, and insured that they will not join the 2008 Detroit Lions by going 0-16.
Robert Griffin III, playing in his fourth game this season, went to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion as the Browns clung to their three-point lead midway through the fourth quarter and did not return to the game. The Browns responded with an Isaiah Crowell eight-yard rush to tie the game at seven.
The Chargers, trailing 20-17, got the ball back on their own 22 with 1:46 to play, and Philip Rivers started leading them down the field, thanks to a couple of big throws to Antonio Gates. He drove the Chargers to Cleveland's 28 with 28 seconds left. Lambo's previous game-tying try was blocked. Wide receiver Tyrell Williams had six catches for 64 yards and the other Chargers touchdown. The Browns outrushed the Chargers, 124-35.
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Cleveland dominated San Diego on the ground. Cleveland's win coupled with a 49ers loss would leave both at 1-14.
Haden appeared to get hurt while making a tackle on a running play against the San Diego Chargers.
So the Browns victory means the 2008 Detroit Lions remain the only team in National Football League history to go 0-16 in a season. Plans for an 0-16 parade have been sacked.