Browns Show Some Bite Cleveland's About-face

September 28, 2003

No one could have predicted what happened in San Francisco on
Sunday: The Browns, who had allowed the Ravens' Jamal Lewis to
run for an NFL-record 295 yards the previous week, played
arguably their best defensive game in the three-year tenure of
coach Butch Davis and got two fourth-quarter touchdowns to stun
the 49ers, 13-12. Cleveland made a pair of goal line stands in
the first quarter and held San Francisco to 265 total yards,
including 32 rushing yards by running backs Garrison Hearst and
Kevan Barlow. "Our defense earned a huge amount of respect in
this game," said Davis. Credit Davis and defensive coordinator
Dave Campo for persuading their defenders that four missed
tackles near the line of scrimmage accounted for 216 of Lewis's
yards against them.

But the real hero of the Browns' win was Kelly Holcomb, the
embattled quarterback who, after leading Cleveland to one
touchdown in its first 11 quarters, was probably on the verge of
losing his job to Tim Couch. Holcomb directed touchdown drives of
75 and 91 yards, ending both with touchdown strikes to wideout
Andre' Davis. Playing on two sprained ankles, Holcomb was 17 of
22 in the fourth quarter. Shortly after hobbling into the locker
room, he said, "You have to suck it up and keep going."

COLOR PHOTO: JED JACOBSOHN/GETTY IMAGES Holcomb, who'd had one TD in 11 quarters, threw for a pair offourth-quarter scores.

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)