Late INT helps Browns edge Miami

Posted Dec. 05, 2010 @ 4:36 p.m.
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By Steven Wine, AP Sports Writer

MIAMI(AP) — With the Browns and Dolphins looking equally inept, the question was which team would find a way to lose.

A last-minute Miami turnover gave Cleveland the win.

Mike Adams' interception set up a 23-yard field goal on the final play, and the Browns endured a comedy of errors to enjoy the last laugh, beating Miami 13-10.

When Browns lineman David Bowens deflected Chad Henne's third-down pass, Adams snatched the ball and ran 25 yards to the 2. On fourth down, Phil Dawson's kick gave the Browns the win.

With the city of Cleveland still stinging from Thursday's loss to another Miami team and LeBron James, the Browns (5-7) provided some salve. They won for the fourth time in six games, and for the first time in Miami since 1970.

The inconsistent Dolphins (6-6) followed a win with a loss for the fifth time this year, hurting their already slim playoff hopes. They've lost seven of their past eight home games and are 1-5 in Miami this season.

The stadium was perhaps two-thirds full but noisy at the end. Following Adams' interception, fans booed as they headed for the exits.

Until the last minute, the biggest excitement came via another kick: The Dolphins' Dan Carpenter hit a 60-yard field goal, which tied for the fifth-longest in NFL history.

Mistakes plagued both teams - there were 16 punts and only six third-down conversions. Miami had a field-goal try blocked, and Dawson missed when he hit an upright.

The fitful offenses briefly got into gear midway through the second half. The Browns took the lead with a 94-yard touchdown drive, and Miami responded with an 80-yard TD march to make it 10-10.

Miami's Brandon Marshall (hamstring) was inactive, and teammate Bryan Hartline (finger) departed in the second half, leaving Henne without two top receivers. He threw three interceptions and finished with a dismal quarterback rating of 37.8.

Henne threw high into tight coverage and Abram Elam made a juggling interception to give the Browns the ball at the Miami 28. Seven plays later, Cleveland scored the game's first points when Dawson kicked a 32-yard field goal.

Hartline was 5 yards behind the Browns' secondary on a fly pattern in the second period, but Henne underthrew him and cornerback Joe Haden recovered to make his fifth interception.

The Dolphins opened the game with a 62-yard drive but stalled at the 23, and Shaun Rogers' 14th career blocked field goal ended the threat.

The Dolphins held Peyton Hillis to 57 yards rushing, but Jake Delhomme threw for 217 yards and a score. Delhomme did throw an especially ugly pass with less than two minutes left, but cornerback Nolan Carroll dropped it.

The Browns, starting from their 6 late in the third quarter, suddenly clicked to score in six plays. Two were completions to Mohamed Massaquoi covering 37 and 33 yards, and Delhomme hit Benjamin Watson for a 3-yard TD.

The Dolphins' offense looked especially futile after reaching Cleveland's 29 in the final minute of the first half. Following a sack, a penalty and a mixup on a substitution, Miami faced a fourth down at the 42, so Carpenter trotted onto the field and tied the game with two seconds left in the first half.

His kick, which barely cleared the crossbar, broke the team record of 59 yards set by Pete Stoyanovich in 1989.

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