September 1, 2014

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Brian Dulik: Browns fans finally have reason to celebrate

The Browns and Buffalo Bills put on quite a show in the first prime-time football game in Cleveland since Dec. 10, 2009.

There were seven touchdowns, myriad bone-crushing hits, two injured quarterbacks and a touching halftime ceremony.

In the end, though, Travis Benjamin’s speed, Willis McGahee’s heart and T.J. Ward’s craftiness propelled the Browns to a 37-24 win Thursday on NFL Network.

It was Cleveland’s third straight win — giving it sole possession of first place in the AFC North Division — and gave its long-suffering fans reason to celebrate well into the night.

“This is obviously an exciting win and a team win,” Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said.

“This was another example of why these guys just don’t quit. I also thought the fans were awesome. They were loud and made a difference for us. It was just a great night.”

After three gutsy, clutch wins, there is no denying Chudzinski has his team on the right track — and playing with supreme confidence. For the first time since 2001, Cleveland is 3-2 after five weeks.

The Browns’ latest win was their best yet, rallying from a 10-0 deficit after they lost starting quarterback Brian Hoyer to a major right knee injury.