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Bounces don’t go Browns’ way in road loss at Seattle

SEATTLE, WA — It looked like the Cleveland Browns were going to leave Seattle with a tough road win but got an unlucky bounce late in the game.

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P.J. Walker’s third-down pass just before the two-minute warning bounced off the helmet of Seahawk safety Jamal Adams, went straight into the air, and fell into the arms of cornerback Julian Love at the Seattle 43-yard line.

The Seahawks took advantage as former Ohio State wideout Jaxon Smith-Njigba scored the game-winning touchdown on a nine-yard screen with 38 seconds left as the Browns lost, 24-20, Sunday afternoon at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington.

Cleveland fell to 4-3 and is now in a three-way tie for second place in the AFC North with Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. They all trail Baltimore by 1.5 games.

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The Browns trailed 14-0 to start the game on a rushing touchdown by Jake Bobo and a 12-yard touchdown catch by Tyler Lockett.

David Njoku’s 18-yard touchdown catch cut the deficit to 14-7 but Jason Myers’ 32-yard field extended it to 17-7 after one quarter.

Kareem Hunt’s one-yard touchdown run got Cleveland closer, 17-14. It looked like Seattle would score before halftime, but Martin Emerson’s interception kept the deficit at 17-14 at halftime.

Dustin Hopkins tied the game at 17-17 in the third quarter by making a 25-yard field goal. Maurice Hurst tipped a Smith pass and intercepted it for Cleveland’s second pick of the game. It set up Hopkins’ 27-yard field goal for the Browns’ first lead of the game, 20-17, after three quarters.

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Cleveland’s defense held with about 6:40 to play when Myles Garrett sacked Smith for a seven-yard loss forcing a Seattle three-and-out.

The Browns were looking to run out the clock and faced a third and three with 2:04 to play. Walker’s pass to Amari Cooper bounced off Adams’ helmet and was picked off by Love with 1:57 remaining.

Smith completed four of five passes, including a nine-yard screen pass to Smith-Njigba for the winning touchdown. Cleveland turned the ball over on downs and Seattle ran out the clock.

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The Browns host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, November 5.

Kickoff will be at 1 p.m. at Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland.

The game will be broadcast on 1290 and 95-7, WHIO Radio.