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Browns Roll Over Chiefs for Third Win in a Row
Regular Season Game #13

Jamaal Charles
Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles broke free for an 80-yard touchdown run on the first play of the game.
Dec. 9- Defensive end Juqua Parker emerged from the trainer's room and headed to his locker singing a tune -- one that might sum up the current Cleveland Browns.

"We're not gonna take it," Parker said, repeating the chorus to Twisted Sister's 1980s hard rock anthem. "We're not gonna take it ... anymore."

The Browns are tired of losing.

Rookie Travis Benjamin's electrifying 93-yard punt return touchdown early in the second quarter swung momentum in Cleveland's favor and the Browns won their third in a row, 30-7 over the emotionally drained Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Benjamin's game-changer helped the Browns (5-8) continue their resurgence under second-year coach Pat Shurmur, whose future in Cleveland remains uncertain. With three games left, the Browns, who opened this season 0-5, have surpassed their win total from last season and have their longest winning streak since 2009.

"It's all kind of coming together," 14-year veteran kicker Phil Dawson said, who booted three field goals. "We're just doing all the little things right now. Guys are hungry to come back to work every day. There's some energy around here that I haven't felt. This is all good."

Rookie running back Trent Richardson had two 1-yard touchdown runs for the young-and-improved Browns, whose 23-point margin of victory was their largest since 2003 -- a significant accomplishment for a franchise with 11 double-digit loss seasons since 1999.

"It's been a long year," linebacker D'Qwell Jackson said. "At first, it was rocky. We were in a lot of close ballgames and we weren't able to finish, and now we're starting to create something. We had some young guys at the beginning of the season that were a little immature, and they've grown up a little bit.

"We have something going right now."

Jamaal Charles ran for 165 yards, breaking off an 80-yard touchdown run on the game's first play for Kansas City, playing its road game following linebacker Jovan Belcher's suicide. The 25-year-old killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, at their home before driving to the team's practice facility on Dec. 1 and shooting himself.

Richardson's second touchdown early in the fourth quarter gave the Browns a 27-7 lead and finally put away the Chiefs (2-11), who a week ago were able to pull together and win at home over Carolina, less than one day after Belcher's unspeakable act.

Coach Romeo Crennel rallied his team through the difficult ordeal, but it may have been too much to expect the Chiefs to repeat last week's performance. Their practice schedule was adjusted during the week to attend a service for Belcher, and the days of reflection and grief may have taken a toll.

"It is going to be with some guys the rest of their lives," quarterback Brady Quinn said. "But it was not a distraction because we live to play football. We just didn't play an all-around football game like we did last week."

Charles returned after sustaining a rib injury knocked him out one series. Kansas City, though, lost leading receiver Dwayne Bowe, who injured his ribs in the first half and didn't come back.

Without Bowe, Quinn was without his top target. Quinn, who had his finest game as a pro last week, finished 11-of-22 passing for 159 yards and one interception.

Dawson kicked field goals of 23, 24 and 34 yards for the Browns, 3-1 since the bye with the loss at Dallas in overtime. Dawson's first kick made him the 25th player in NFL history to make 300 field goals.

Benjamin's 93-yard punt return -- the longest in team history -- gave the Browns a 10-7 lead.

Just before the snap, Benjamin lined up to block Kansas City's gunner before sprinting 50 yards and switching spots with Josh Cribbs, who rushed up the middle. Benjamin fielded the kick inside his 10, cut sharply left, picked up a few key blocks and outran the rest of Kansas City's coverage unit.

The Browns worked on the play in practice and sprung it on the Chiefs.

"Biggest play of the game," quarterback Brandon Weeden said. "They were yelling something crazy on the sideline. I didn't know what they were doing, and all of a sudden they pulled something out their hat and Travis breaks one. That got us the lead and we were able to keep it."

The return by the speedy Benjamin, a fourth-round pick from Miami, was one yard longer than Eric Metcalf's touchdown at Cincinnati on Sept. 4, 1994.

Now with Benjamin joining Richardson, Weeden and wide receiver Josh Gordon as playmakers, the Browns have a solid offensive foundation for the future. On defense, several rookies, including linemen Billy Winn and John Hughes have contributed all season.

Shurmur and his staff have the Browns headed in the right direction, but there's no guarantee new owner Jimmy Haslam will allow them to stay next season.

"Guys are excited," Weeden said. "Guys are still hungry. We've got a close-knit group guys. We don't have any knuckleheads."

The Browns drove 60 yards after the second-half kickoff with Richardson plowing in for his eighth rushing TD. He later got his ninth score to tie the team rookie record set by Hall of Famer Jim Brown (1957).

Individual Statistics
Kansas City Passing:
Brady Quinn 10 of 21 for 159 yards and 1 interception

Cleveland Passing:
Brandon Weeden 17 of 30 for 217 yards

Kansas City Rushing:
Jamaal Charles 18 carries for 165 yards and 1 touchdown
Peyton Hillis 5 carries for 11 yards
Brady Quinn 1 carry for 4 yards
Shaun Draughn 1 carry for 0 yards
Dexter McCluster 1 carry for 0 yards

Cleveland Rushing:
Montario Hardesty 10 carries for 52 yards
Trent Richardson 18 carries for 42 yards and 2 touchdowns
Greg Little 1 carry for 17 yards
Travis Benjamin 1 carry for 15 yards
Josh Cribbs 2 carries for 15 yards
Brandon Weeden 1 carry for 15 yards
Colt McCoy 2 carries for -2 yards

Kansas City Receiving:
Dwayne Bowe 2 receptions for 70 yards
Terrance Copper 3 receptions for 32 yards
Jamar Newsome 1 reception for 25 yards
Tony Moeaki 1 reception for 10 yards
Shaun Draughn 1 reception for 8 yards
Dexter McCluster 1 reception for 8 yards
Peyton Hillis 1 reception for 6 yards

Cleveland Receiving:
Josh Gordon 8 receptions for 86 yards
Greg Little 4 receptions for 69 yards
Benjamin Watson 3 receptions for 43 yards
Jordan Cameron 1 reception for 10 yards
Trent Richardson 1 reception for 9 yards

Kansas City Tackles-Assists-Sacks:
Javier Arenas 7-1-0, Derrick Johnson 5-2-0, Brandon Flowers 4-1-0, Eric Berry 3-1-0, Tyson Jackson 3-0-1, Dontari Poe 3-1-0, Jalil Brown 2-0-0, Tamba Hali 2-2-2, Tysyn Hartman 2-4-0, Ropati Pitoitua 2-7-0, Brandon Siler 2-1-0, Cory Greenwood 1-0-0, Justin Houston 1-1-0, Shaun Smith 1-1-0, Andy Studebaker 1-0-0

Cleveland Tackles-Assists-Sacks:
D'Qwell Jackson 4-3-0.5, Frostee Rucker 4-3-1, Joe Haden 3-1-0, John Hughes 2-1-1, T. J. Ward 2-2-0, Billy Winn 2-1-0, Usama Young 2-0-0, Tashaun Gipson 1-1-0, Ishmaa'ily Kitchen 1-0-0, Kaluka Maiava 1-1-0.5, Juqua Parker 1-0-1, Craig Robertson 1-4-0, Ahtyba Rubin 1-1-0, Jabaal Sheard 1-3-1, Buster Skrine 1-0-0, Phillip Taylor 1-0-0, James-Michael Johnson 0-2-0, Dimitri Patterson 0-1-0

Kansas City Fumble Recoveries:

Cleveland Fumble Recoveries:

Kansas City Interceptions:

Cleveland Interceptions:
Tashaun Gipson 1 for 23 yards

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