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The Cleveland Browns hadn’t had an offensive showing like this in decades. They didn’t need their most effective offensive player for it, either.
But then late, they nearly squandered it.
Despite losing star running back Nick Chubb in the first quarter to a knee injury, the Browns scored 31 points in the first half, then survived a furious fourth-quarter rally from the Dallas Cowboys for a wild 49-38 victory.
Cleveland led 41-14 in the fourth quarter before Dallas reeled off 24 consecutive points to pull within a field goal with 3:42 to play. The Browns, however, finally iced the game on the first play of the ensuing drive, an electric Odell Beckham Jr. 50-yard touchdown run off a reverse.
“I turned the corner and everybody was blocking, and it was weird,” Beckham said. “I was about to slide, but I just turned the jets on and got in the end zone.”
The 31 points were the most Cleveland had scored in a first half since 1991, when Bernie Kosar was still its quarterback. In the first half alone, Cleveland rolled up 333 yards and 24 first downs — just the fourth time since 1978 an NFL