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Here's our vote for the Browns' offensive, defensive and special-teams standouts in their 6-3 win vs. Seattle on Sunday:
Offense: RB Montario Hardesty
Hardesty ground out 95 yards on 33 carries vs. a Seattle defense strong vs. the run, and he also contributed in the passing game. Hardesty's 16-yard fourth-quarter reception helped set up PK Phil Dawson's 53-yard field goal, which ended up being the decisive points for Cleveland. Hardesty played a key role in Cleveland stringing together drives of 6:15 and 6:49 in the second half. One resulted in the aforementioned field goal, while the other, while ending in a blocked field goal, took valuable time off the clock and helped to put the Seahawks deep in their own end.
Defense: SS T.J. Ward
On a day when the Browns allowed 137 yards on 50 plays (!), it's hard to single anyone out, but we will give the nod to Ward, who led the Browns in tackles (six) and authored one of the game's key plays when he sacked Seahawks QB Charlie Whitehurst and forced a fumble recovered by MLB D'Qwell Jackson. On the resulting drive, the Browns capitalized with a field goal — one-half of their scoring output on Sunday.
Special teams: PK Phil Dawson
Dawson, the lone member of the expansion 1999 Browns still on the roster, connected on field goals of 52 and 53 yards — the first time he has ever hit two field goals of 50 yards or more in an NFL game. Dawson, now 3-of-3 on field goals of 50 yards or more in 2011, has 15 game-winning field goals in his Browns career. One note: Dawson had a pair of field goals blocked — an issue Cleveland will need to address.