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Patriots-Browns wrapup notes

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By Mike Wilkening

Here are observations on the third and fourth quarters of Patriots-Browns from a Cleveland perspective.

Final: Browns 34, Patriots 14

Positives: The Browns allowed New England to close to within 27-14 with 6:37 left on a Tom Brady-to-Aaron Hernandez 1-yard TD pass with 6:37 left, but they responded with a six-play, 60-yard drive punctuated by a Peyton Hillis 35-yard TD run off right tackle. The Patriots knew the Browns were in run-first mode as Cleveland tried to close out the game, and the Pats still couldn't stop Hillis. ... McCoy continued his fine play and scored his first-career TD on a 16-yard run with 5:53 left in the third quarter. ... Cleveland outgained 205-121 in the second half.

Negatives: Other than reserve RB Mike Bell leaving the game in the fourth quarter with a hip injury, none stand out.

Outlook: The Browns carry a great deal of momentum into their matchup with the Jets on Sunday. At 3-5, the Browns are an upset away from being one game under .500 entering games at Jacksonville and vs. Carolina in Weeks 11 and 12. They finished the first half of their schedule very strongly.

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