The rain continued to fall and the offenses continued to sputter during the third quarter of the Cleveland Browns’ game with the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
The Chargers added a 31-yard field goal by Nick Novak to trim Cleveland’s lead to 7-6, but could have done even more damage. Philip Rivers threw a bomb down the middle to a wide-open Robert Meachem, but the wide receiver dropped the pass. The catch might have gone for a touchdown or at least put the Chargers in position for a short field goal attempt.
The offenses combined for 98 total yards — 60 by the Browns and 38 by the Chargers — in the third quarter. But the Chargers were able to take advantage of good field position. Their average drive start was their 43-yard line, while the Browns’ average drive start was their 16.