Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

How the Browns See It; Due for a Miracle Browns Feel Fate Owed Them One

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

How the Browns See It; Due for a Miracle Browns Feel Fate Owed Them One

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Byline: Garry Smits, Times-Union sports writer

Tim Couch and Quincy Morgan were of like mind about the Cleveland Browns' 21-20 victory against the Jaguars yesterday, in front of a sparse, then stunned crowd at Alltel Stadium.

The Browns' quarterback-wide receiver combination, who won the game with a 50-yard touchdown pass on the final play, both felt their time had come for such late and improbable theatrics.

"It's great to get a win like this, after the way we've lost games to Kansas City, to Chicago . . . all the games we've lost this way," Couch said. "To have one go our way is a great feeling."

"When the ball [Couch's pass] was in the air, I kept thinking about how we've lost in the two years I've been here," Morgan added. "I thought" 'Why can't we win one of these?' "

Their feelings were understandable.

After all, hadn't the Browns lost on the final play against the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2002 opener when linebacker Dwayne Rudd, thinking the game had ended with his sack, flung his helmet off in celebration, then drew a penalty that enabled the Chiefs to kick the game-winning field goal?

And hadn't they lost in overtime to the Chicago Bears last year, when Mike Brown returned an interception for a touchdown?

Then there was the loss to Pittsburgh a week after the Bears game, on an overtime field goal.

"When you've coached for 30 years and you think you've seen just about everything, obviously you haven't," Browns coach Butch Davis said. "It was an unbelievable play."

And it capped an amazing second-half turnaround for Couch, the Browns' fourth-year quarterback. In a first half that ended with the Jaguars ahead 7-0, Couch was dismal, completing 7-of-14 passes for 47 yards, one interception, one sack, and several bad throws to wide-open receivers.

Counting the first half, Couch had thrown six interceptions and only one touchdown pass in his previous 10 quarters. …

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