Cleveland Browns defeat New England Patriots, 34-14
CLEVELAND—Soaked to the skin from a Gatorade shower, Eric Mangini met his mentor at midfield and did everything he could to contain himself.
It was tough not to smile.
His Cleveland Browns battered one of the NFL's best.
Rookie quarterback Colt McCoy scrambled for a touchdown, Peyton Hillis hammered for a career-high 184 yards and two scores and the Browns, using some trickery and a ton of offensive imagination, pounded the New England Patriots 34-14 on Sunday.
CLEVELAND — There was nothing unexpected and there were no excuses.
What there was, player after Patriots player said, was a lack of execution.
New England knew the Browns were coming off their bye week, giving Eric Mangini and a slew of former Patriots assistant coaches and players extra time to prepare to face their former boss, Bill Belichick. The players were aware Cleveland liked to throw some creative plays into the mix on offense, through its “Flash’’ package....
CLEVELAND — Eric Mangini got the Gatorade shower. Bill Belichick was awash in Hater-ade.
This one had to sting.
Losing a Super Bowl and a perfect season is about the worst football-related event in Belichick’s life. The shame of Spygate was a pretty low moment.
And then there was what happened yesterday by the shores of Lake Erie. In the world of Bill Belichick, this was as bad as it gets for a midseason game.
Belichick’s first-place Patriots were humiliated, 3...
CLEVELAND — The week of practice leading up to yesterday may have been the first clue for the Patriots that their eighth game of the season would start badly.
Less than four minutes into the encounter with the Browns, the Patriots were down, 10-0, and sinking under a bevy of mistakes.
The Patriots were unable to overcome a shoddy first quarter, and left Cleveland Browns Stadium with a 34-14 loss.
The Patriots didn’t have many answers for the poor start, but acknow...