CLEVELAND -- In a game much more entertaining than the usual Panthers' 2010 contest but ultimately ending with the same result, Carolina (1-10) has lost its fifth straight game and guaranteed John Fox's first double-digit loss season with the team.
Cleveland (4-7) edged the Panthers, 24-23, after John Kasay missed a field goal on the final play of the game. Kasay's 41-yard field-goal attempt hit the left upright and bounced away, ruining what was about to be a remarkable comeback led by rookie quarterback Jimmy Clausen.
Clausen and the Panthers took over at their own 5 with 59 seconds left and no timeouts and seemed to be going nowhere until Mike Goodson broke free on a short pass and scampered 32 yards to the Carolina 48. Clausen then threw a sideline pass to a well-covered Brandon LaFell, who made a spectacular shoestring grab at the Cleveland 25 and rolled out of bounds with five seconds left. The play was reviewed by the replay booth but the ruling on the field stood.
That brought out Kasay, who had gone 3-for-4 on previous field-goal attempts. He missed and the Cleveland crowd went wild.
Jake Delhomme threw two interceptions for the Browns, one returned for a TD, but also had over 200 yards passing and led the Browns on their winning field-goal drive. Peyton Hillis scored all three of the Browns' TDs on runs of 9, 5 and 6 yards.
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