Backup QB stages rally, stuns K.C.

Browns 31 Chiefs 28

December 04, 2006

CLEVELAND -- By his 10th birthday, Derek Anderson wore size 17 shoes. Yesterday, those gigantic feet ran the Cleveland Browns to an improbable win.

Anderson threw two touchdown passes to Steve Heiden in the final 8:55 of regulation and then scrambled 33 yards in overtime to set up Phil Dawson's 33-yard field goal, giving the Browns a 31-28 victory over the stunned Kansas City Chiefs.

Before coming in for the injured Charlie Frye, Anderson had never thrown an NFL pass and had taken only one snap. However, the 23-year-old calmly rallied the Browns (4-8), who capped another dysfunctional week with only their second December win at home since 1999.

"This was a big, big win for our team," said Anderson, who was drafted and released by the Ravens in 2005.

Dawson kicked his game-winner with 7:25 remaining in overtime after the gangly, 6-foot-6 Anderson sprinted right, broke a tackle near the sideline and lumbered his way to the Chiefs' 12.

The Browns then ran the ball twice to move it between the hash marks for Dawson, who booted Cleveland to its first overtime win since 2002.

"I knew he could play like that," Browns running back Jason Wright said. "I believe in him. I wasn't surprised, but I'm sure a lot of people are."

Especially the Chiefs, who host the Ravens next Sunday.

Trent Green threw four touchdown passes - two to Tony Gonzalez - for Kansas City, which severely damaged its AFC playoff hopes.

The Chiefs (7-5) led 28-14 with 8:55 left in regulation after Green hooked up with Gonzalez on a 23-yard strike.

Kansas City 0 14 7 7 0 - 28

Cleveland 7 7 0 14 3 - 31

First quarter Cle-Edwards 23 pass from Frye (P.Dawson kick), 9:46. Second quarter KC-Kennison 22 pass from Green (Tynes kick), 14:19. KC-Gonzalez 9 pass from Green (Tynes kick), 6:02. Cle-Droughns 1 run (P.Dawson kick), :19. Third quarter KC-Wilson 6 pass from Green (Tynes kick), 10:08. Fourth quarter KC-Gonzalez 23 pass from Green (Tynes kick), 12:19. Cle-Heiden 6 pass from Anderson (Dawson kick), 8:55. Cle-Heiden 3 pass from Anderson (Dawson kick), :35. Overtime Cle-FG Dawson 33, 7:25. A-71,927.

KC Cle

First downs 24 26

Total Net Yards 417 438

Rushes-yards 32-124 29-150

Passing 293 288

Punt Returns 0-0 3-10

Kickoff Returns 6-69 5-107

Interceptions Ret. 1-23 1-0

Comp-Att-Int 24-32-1 23-34-1

Sacked-Yards Lost 2-4 1-5

Punts 3-45.0 3-38.0

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-1

Penalties-Yards 3-29 3-15

Time of Possession 32:41 34:54 Rushing-Kansas City, L.Johnson 28-110, Bennett 3-14, Green 1-0. Cleveland, Droughns 14-70, Anderson 2-44, Wright 11-25, Cribbs 1-9, Frye 1-2. Passing-Kansas City, Green 24-32-1-297. Cleveland, Anderson 12-21-1-171, Frye 11-13-0-122. Receiving-Kansas City, Gonzalez 9-105, Kennison 7-117, Bennett 4-33, L.Johnson 2-26, Parker 1-10, Wilson 1-6. Cleveland, Jurevicius 6-75, Droughns 5-48, Heiden 5-27, Edwards 3-36, Wright 2-70, Winslow 1-26, Dinkins 1-11.

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