The Browns lingered longer in the locker room than after any other 2007 game. Even at that, they had hours to wait before the Titans-Colts game that would determine their playoff fate.
The Browns lingered longer in the locker room than after any other 2007 game.
Even at that, they had hours to wait before the Titans-Colts game that would determine their playoff fate.
Throughout the fourth quarter, Browns fans chanted, “Let’s go Colts.”
“We’re all Indy fans tonight,” Romeo Crennel said. “Hopefully they can get it done.”
Phil Dawson, the only Brown who has been with the team throughout the expansion era, said: “It’s hard to imagine that it’s over.”
It was one of those nights the single guys didn’t feel like going home, but ...
“I don’t want to let my emotions get the best of me out in public,” rookie Brady Quinn said. “I’ll probably be in my house or somewhere with one of my teammates.”
The Browns allowed 19 sacks in the regular season, the fewest since 1994, when Vinny Testaverde and Mark Rypien were sacked 14 times.
Charlie Frye took five of this year’s sacks in the first half of thee first game. Derek Anderson was sacked 14 times.
Not coincidentally, the Browns’ two best records since the glory days of the 1980s were 11-5 in ‘94 and 10-6 this year.
The Browns’ defense rallied to finish with 28 sacks. The 1994 Browns had 38.
Giving the business
Beaten badly, Nate Clements caught up to Braylon Edwards after the pair crossed the goal line for a 45-yard touchdown.
The former Ohio State player shoved the former Michigan star. In a classic “they-only-saw-the-retaliation” penalty, Edwards chucked the football toward Clements, costing the Browns 15 yards.
“I felt myself tripping up in the end zone,” Edwards said. “I turned around and saw who it was.
“That rivalry will always be there to some extent, Michigan and O-State. I threw the ball. I didn’t try to hit him.”
- 49ers punter Andy Lee on trying to catch Joshua Cribbs: “He runs so hard, and he’s shifty. It’s not like he’s a speed demon, but he’s fast enough, and he’s really hard to tackle.”
- It was the final game for 49ers defensive lineman Bryant Young, a four-time Pro Bowler. “I’m done,” Young said. “It’s sad it had to end the way it did. It’s been a nice ride.”
- 49ers Head Coach Mike Nolan is 16-32 in three years. Romeo Crennel is 20-28 in the same span. Crennel can come back if he wants to. Nolan’s fate is less certain.
- Jamal Lewis changed his tune a bit as the regular season ended, saying he expects to return to the Browns. He arrived in March on a one-year contract.