A week after their bye, the Cleveland Browns have lost to their Lions in a game that should be remembered for all the wrong reasons.
A game that has become a rallying cry for the Browns as they try to get back on track.
It started with the play of quarterback Cody Kessler, who threw two interceptions in the second quarter to set up a game-winning field goal from Tyler Kroft, who then beat Lions cornerback Darius Slay with a 41-yard touchdown catch.
The Browns were ahead 13-3 at halftime.
Then a safety gave the Browns the ball at their own 27 with less than three minutes left.
It was Kessler who took the field for what turned out to be a fourth-and-7.
It turned out that the safety was a safety that the Browns needed to keep the ball because of a fumble.
The next play had Kessler throwing a short pass to Kroft to the right.
Kroft ran a little too high and was hit by a linebacker and was carted off the field.
That left the Browns with a field goal, which would have given them the lead.
Instead, it was Kroft who ran into the end zone for the game-tying touchdown with 3:23 remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Browns’ quarterback had a rough outing.
He completed 15 of 28 passes for 167 yards and no touchdowns.
The only touchdown came on a third-and 6 pass from Kessler.
Kessler has a history of struggles, but he was very good in the first half.
He made the Browns look good on offense, throwing for 286 yards on 22 of 30 attempts, completing 10 of 16 passes for 110 yards.
The two interceptions were two of the two interceptions that made up the difference.
Kessler had four touchdown passes and no interceptions in his first start of the season.
The only reason that Kessler didn’t do much was because of the safety.
Kessler is not an accurate passer.
He is very good at getting rid of the ball quickly.
The Lions scored two touchdowns on the Lions’ first three drives of the game, including a 14-play, 74-yard drive that ended on a 3-yard run by Ezekiel Ansah.
But Kessler was not the only quarterback who struggled in this game.
The Cleveland Browns had two other quarterbacks, Matt Cassel and Tyrod Taylor, on the field in the third quarter.
The first of those was Sam Darnold, who did not have a sack or hurry on the night.
Darnolds completion percentage of 58.4 percent was one of his lowest performances of the year.
He threw for 105 yards, but did not complete a pass.
The other quarterback was Ryan Fitzpatrick, who had four sacks.
He had three of those, including one in the red zone.
Fitzpatrick completed 27 of 37 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns.
He did not throw an interception.
The Jaguars’ offensive line did a good job stopping Fitzpatrick and kept him from throwing long passes.