The Browns fortunes were going so good on Sunday, that even the Indianapolis Colts was unable to find the end zone. Problem is, their defense did. And with that, the Browns lost another tough game at home, falling 10-6 to a Colts team that had everything to play for, while the Browns simply wanted to get a win for their coach and the fans.
The turning point and final nail came in the fourth quarter when the Browns, leading 6-3, had the ball on their own 45-yard line on a 3rd-and-8. Derek Anderson, who was mistake free at that point, went back to pass when the Colts pressure got to him, and when Dwight Freeney hit him, the ball came free, and Robert Mathis picked it up and went streaking 37 yards for the only TD of the day.
Anderson was 16-for-26 for 110 yards, and while he didn’t throw a TD or pick, the fumble that resulted in the Colts only score was the play that people will remember about this lackluster affair. The team came in wanting to run the ball, and Jamal Lewis did that, rushing for 77 yards on 24 carries.
Anderson was hurt with just over a minute left, as the helmet of Kevin Shaffer hit his knee on a rush by the Colts, and Ken Dorsey came in the last drive, but was unable to lead the team as his first two passes were incomplete, and the third on 4th-and-20 was intercepted to end the last Browns threat.
Peyton Manning was 15-for-21 for 125 yards with two picks, those coming on back to back plays at the end of the first half and his first throw of the third quarter. Joseph Addai ran 15 times for 57 yards. For once, the Browns defense cannot be blamed for this loss, as the team did a very honorable job playing hard all day. It was a game that in the end the Colts probably didn’t deserve to win, but with the way the Browns have been known to give up games in 2008, it was only fitting.
The Colts will host the 1-10-1 Bengals next Sunday at home. The Browns have the task of going on the road to take on the one-loss Tennessee Titans.