CLEVELAND — Browns tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. has had a number of big games in his young career, but none meant more to him than the show he put on Sunday.
Winslow made 11 receptions for a career-high 125 yards, playing a vital role in Cleveland’s 33-30 overtime win over the Seattle Seahawks.
“I’ll always remember this game,” he said, choking up with emotion. “It was awesome.”
Awesome is an accurate description of how Winslow played in the come-from-behind win. Three of his catches resulted in first downs on the Browns’ go-ahead drive late in the fourth quarter.
Winslow’s 11 total grabs equaled the second-highest total in Browns history — Ozzie Newsome had 14 on Oct. 14, 1984 — and tied his career high previously set two times.
In 25 NFL games, K2 now owns three of the top seven reception games in the team record book.
“We play the great tight ends like (Kansas City’s) Tony Gonzalez, and he’s up there with him,” Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu said. “He gets open, he has speed, and he runs good routes. We had our hands full today.”
Despite his impressive afternoon, Winslow was more focused on the one pass that got away from him. He dropped a potential touchdown pass two plays before Jamal Lewis gave Cleveland a 30-27 lead on a 1-yard run.
True to Winslow’s form, however, he atoned for the miscue by making a 14-yard catch on the Browns’ next snap. That set up Lewis’ short plunge.
“All I can think about is that drop in the end zone. You can’t miss that,” Winslow said. “We’re a good team, but we want to be great.
“Everyone made a lot of big plays today. It was a total team effort.”
Derek Anderson set career highs in passing yards (364), completions (29) and attempts (48), but failed to throw a TD for the first time this season. He improved to 5-5 as an NFL starter.
“In my years here, we have been lucky to score 20 points in a game,” linebacker Andra Davis said. “Now, we’re scoring 30 points a game since ‘D.A.’ has been quarterback.”
• Lewis equaled the Cleveland Browns Stadium record with four rushing touchdowns. Kansas City’s Priest Holmes also turned the trick on Sept. 8, 2002. Lewis is the first Cleveland player to score four times in a game since Eric Metcalf in 1992 at the Los Angeles Raiders.
• Leigh Bodden recovered a fumble by Matt Hasselbeck, while Sean Jones made an interception.
• Starting guard Seth McKinney was forced out with a left shoulder injury, but did not have his arm or shoulder immobilized after the game. He was replaced by Lennie Friedman.
• The Browns won their second straight overtime game, making them 15-13-1 all-time in five-period games. They are 7-6 after losing the OT coin toss.
Nate Burleson’s 94-yard punt return for a touchdown was the longest ever against the Browns, topping a 91-yarder by Buffalo’s Keith Moody in 1977. After reaching the end zone, he struck Cavaliers star LeBron James’ trademark arms to the sky pose.
“When I drove in and saw that big (James’ Nike) poster on the building, I thought, ‘Hey, that’d be pretty neat to do in the end zone,’” Burleson explained.
• Bobby Engram’s 14 receptions tied the all-time record against Cleveland. Indianapolis’ Marvin Harrison first reached the figure on Dec. 26, 1999. Engram also had 139 receiving yards and one TD.
• Running back Shaun Alexander had his oft-injured left knee tighten up and hurt his left ankle. He gained 32 yards on 14 carries before being relieved by Maurice Morris. Coach Mike Holmgren said Alexander’s condition would be updated today in Seattle.
• Hasselbeck eclipsed the 300-yard passing mark in OT and finished with 318 on 30-of-47 throws.
Phil Dawson’s missed extra point in the second quarter was his first in 56 attempts and forced the Browns to try a pair of two-point conversions to make up for it. They succeeded on attempt No. 2 when Anderson passed to Joe Jurevicius with 2:17 left in regulation.
“When you play long enough, things like that happen,” Dawson said of his miss. “I put us in a bad spot, but the guys kept fighting and kept fighting and allowed me to make up for it.”
He rebounded to make a 25-yard field goal 5:41 into OT. It was Dawson’s ninth career game-winning FG.
“I kind of had a feeling it would come down to him making the kick to win it for us,” Anderson said. “That’s just the way things seem to happen.”
Return to sender
Seahawks safety Brian Russell, who spent the past two years with the Browns, experienced an unhappy homecoming. He first had his bell rung when he collided with Lawrence Vickers near the Seattle sideline, then was called for pass interference against Winslow.
“I’m not looking for excuses,” said Russell, who made five solo tackles. “We just gave up too many points today.”
Out of action
The Browns did not dress linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, cornerbacks Kenny Wright and Ricardo Colclough, offensive linemen Isaac Sowells and Nat Dorsey, wide receiver Travis Wilson and defensive tackle Louis Leonard. Ken Dorsey was their third quarterback.
• Seattle’s inactives were tight end Marcus Pollard, wide receiver Deion Branch, safety C.J. Wallace, defensive end Jason Babin, defensive tackle Howard Green, tackle Ray Willis and center Mansfield Wrotto. Ex-Cleveland starter Charlie Frye was the No. 3 QB.
“I couldn’t help with the (Browns’) signals or anything like that,” Frye said. “The only thing I could do was help out with the personnel and things.”
Former Browns quarterback George Ratterman died Saturday at the age of 80.
The two-time NFL champion spent five seasons in Cleveland from 1952-1956. He was the father of 10 children and had been married to his wife, Anne, for 59 years.
The Seahawks lead the all-time series 11-5, but fell to 1-1 at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The Browns’ win was just their third over Seattle since 1983.
• The kickoff temperature was 48 degrees under cloudy skies.
• Cleveland wore its brown tops and white pants, while Seattle sported all-white uniforms.
• The postgame traffic moved surprisingly well, even with Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band (Quicken Loans Arena) and The Wiggles (Wolstein Center) also performing downtown.
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