July 24, 2016

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Browns beat Packers 27-17 in preseason opener

CLEVELAND – Pat Shurmur’s debut as Browns coach was a success.

The Browns beat the Super Bowl champion Packers 27-17 Saturday night at Cleveland Browns Stadium in the preseason opener.

The Browns trailed 17-14 at halftime but rallied behind their backups.

Jeff Wolfert kicked a 46-yard field goal with 10:09 left in the third quarter to tie it. Linebacker Titus Brown won it with a 43-yard fumble return after linebacker Brian Smith, an undrafted rookie from Notre Dame, drilled Packers quarterback Graham Harrell from the blindside, knocking the ball loose.

Jarrett Brown, Cleveland’s No. 3 quarterback, threw a bad interception deep in Cleveland territory while rolling right to put the win in jeopardy midway through the fourth quarter. But the Browns defense got a fourth-down stop, then the offense ran more than four minutes off the clock and Wolfert added a 44-yarder with 1:52 left.

The real news came in the first half, when quarterback Colt McCoy made the most of his playing time. He played three series and led two touchdown drives. He left after one drive in the second quarter with a 14-7 lead.