The Cleveland Browns are still staying competitive in the AFC Central as they beat the Atlanta Falcons 26-24. The Browns moved to 7-4 and are second to 7-3-1 Cincinnati in the division. Meanwhile, the Falcons fell to 4-7 but were half a game behind New Orleans in the NFC South as of the period before the Saints' Monday night game.
The game was not all that easy for the Browns. Brian Hoyer had three interceptions during the game. However, the Falcons' Matt Ryan threw an interception first. It was thrown to Joe Haden at the start of the second quarter. In addition. Desmond Bryant recovered a fumble for the Browns after Ryan fumbled the ball after he was sacked.
Hoyer's first interception came late in the first half; that interception led to the Falcons taking a 14-13 halftime lead.
The Browns held the ball for nearly ten minutes in the third quarter. Isaiah Crowell had one of his two touchdown runs while Billy Cundiff had a field goal in that quarter.
The Falcons caught up with a Steven Jackson touchdown run at the start of the fourth quarter. Hoyer's other two interceptions came in this quarter but the team defense held the Falcons to one 53-yard field goal from Matt Bryant. The Browns got the ball with 44 second left while down by one. Hoyer completed four straight passes for 61 yards to give Cundiff a 37-yard field goal to win the game at the last second.
Brian Hoyer had 322 passing yards with 120 going to Josh Gordon. For the Falcons, the team was limited to 63 rushing yards and could not get more than three yards per carry. Also, Matt Ryan went 27-43 with 273 passing yards as Roddy White came close to the hundred-yard mark for receiving yards. Kernal Ishmael, Desmond Trufant and Dezmen Southward were the three players who got interceptions for the Falcons during the game.
The Browns also beat the overall spread to the game. The Browns were listed at +2.5. The over/under was barely surpassed; the total was at 48.5.