CLEVELAND – Colt McCoy made the most of his playing time Saturday night in Cleveland’s preseason opener.
The second-year quarterback played three series and led two touchdown drives. He left after one drive in the second quarter with a 14-7 lead.
The Packers rallied against the Browns backups to take a 17-14 lead into halftime.
McCoy went 9-for-10 for 135 yards, a touchdown and a 152.1 rating. The only incompletion was batted down at the line.
Cleveland’s second touchdown drive came against Green Bay’s second-team defense, but it was impressive nonetheless. After the incompletion, McCoy threw a 19-yard out to tight end Benjamin Watson. They connected again on the next play, this time for 37 yards.
Watson twisted in the air to make the catch down the seam, then tried to hurdle a defender. Running back Peyton Hillis scored from 3 yards off right tackle on the next play for a 14-7 lead.
The Browns starters were done for the night.
The Packers made it 14-10 on a 31-yard Mason Crosby field goal with 6:18 left in the half. They took the lead with 27 seconds left in the half when Matt Flynn led a nine-play, 89-yard drive that took 1:22.
Spencer Havner caught a 3-yard touchdown on a deflection. Flynn’s pass to Tori Gurley at the goal line with Ramzee Robinson in tight coverage bounced high in the air and right to Havner.