Browns top Bengals for first win

Posted Oct. 14, 2012 @ 4:49 p.m.
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By Tom Withers, AP Sports Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) — Rookie Brandon Weeden threw two touchdown passes and the Browns snapped an 11-game losing streak that dated to last season, beating the Bengals 34-24 Sunday.

Cleveland had not won since Nov. 20, matching a franchise record for consecutive losses. But for the first time this season everything fell into place for the Browns (1-5).

Montario Hardesty, filling in for injured rookie Trent Richardson, scored on a 1-yard plunge and cornerback Sheldon Brown intercepted Andy Dalton and returned it 19 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter as the Browns outscored the Bengals (3-3) in the second half 27-10.

It was the first win in nine tries against an AFC North opponent for second-year Browns coach Pat Shurmur.

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