Browns collapse with missed kicks, as Saints lucky to win

Despite Week 1 struggles experts leaning toward Steelers over Chiefs

Despite Week 1 struggles experts leaning toward Steelers over Chiefs

Here's a look at the top plays that kept the Browns winless streak alive, now at 19 straight games and counting. I feel like they had the game won. "We didn't want to miss anything".

Kicker Zane Gonzalez had the kind of game special-teamers dread when the Cleveland Browns took on the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, Sunday.

SOMEHOW, Cleveland moved the ball quite well courtesy of Taylor's arm, setting Gonzalez up for another field goal to send the game into overtime.

Browns lose by 3. But New Orleans didn't cash in on several chances, and it has to have a little more effectiveness when it does run the ball (23 carries for 62 yards; 22 for 61 when you erase Brees' kneeldown in "Victory" formation). That tied the game at 18-18, but the Browns should already have been leading at this point, with Gonzalez missing his first extra-point try back in the third quarter, as well as a field-goal try earlier in the fourth.

After surrendering the lead to the Saints after two Michael Thomas touchdowns, Taylor fought back to hit Antonio Callaway on a 47-yard TD pass with 1:24 remaining. The Saints applied pressure (two sacks by Cameron Jordan, one by Sheldon Rankins), forced their first turnover (Marcus Williams' fourth-quarter interception set up the touchdown that gave the Saints their first lead, at 18-12) and held the Browns to 327 yards.

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The Saints went ahead by three points when kicker Wil Lutz made a 44-yard field goal to cap a six-play, 49-yard drive with 21 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Gonzalez had what could have been a game-winning kick blocked in the final seconds.

Gonzalez first missed an extra point with about a minute to play after a go-ahead touchdown pass from Tyrod Taylor.

A successful kick would have expanded the Browns lead to 15-3 (Gonzalez was wide left on an extra point attempt in the third quarter). But Gonzalez's 52-yard try was wide right. McCollum lets us all follow along as he watches his beloved Browns flail about on the football field, live-tweeting most games during the National Basketball Association offseason.

"Make the field goal", Landry said emphatically.

So the Saints are 1-1 in the most exhaustingly hard way imaginable.

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