October 24, 2010 – Cleveland Browns vs. New Orleans Saints
Cleveland Browns 30 – New Orleans 17
The 2010 season was memorable for the words “high ankle sprain”. In the first five weeks of the season, the Cleveland Browns lost two quarterbacks to the exact same injury. They lost free-agent acquisition Jake Delhomme the first week in a loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Seneca Wallace captained the team for the next four games. However, Wallace succumbed to the same injury in a Week 5 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
The Browns were now on their third quarterback, rookie Colt McCoy. McCoy had a solid, but unspectacular debut in Pittsburgh. The Browns lost however and took a 1-5 record into New Orleans to face the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.
What happened on that Sunday can only be defined as “on any given Sunday”.
McCoy was not spectacular but didn’t have to be. Linebacker David Grayson returned two interceptions for touchdowns which accounted for most of the offense the Browns would need.
But in a game where the Browns were clearly playing with nothing to lose, it was the team’s special teams that stole the game. After the Saints punted on their first drive, punt returner Josh Cribbs lateraled to Eric Wright who scampered 62 yards to the Saints 19-yard line. That set up an early field goal and 3-0 lead for the Browns.
Then with the Browns nursing a 10-3 lead, the team executed a successful fake punt with punter Reggie Hodges running the ball 68 yards to set up another field goal for the Browns.