Bengals Finally Win One Blocked Field Goal Defeats Cleveland

Posted: November 04, 1991

Here are some quick facts you might like to know about the Cleveland Browns (4-5), who lost to the previously winless Bengals (1-8), 23-21, yesterday at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium, and host the Eagles next Sunday afternoon.

* Kevin Mack's touchdown runs of 4, 2 and 2 yards were the longest by the club this season. The four others were all from 1 yard out.

* Mack's fumble late in the game at the Cincinnati 16 ended a streak by the Browns' offense in which they had scored on 17 consecutive drives inside their opponents' 20-yard line. The turnover was only the sixth by Cleveland this year, the lowest amount in the league.

* Defensive back Eric Turner, the club's No. 1 draft choice, made his first appearance, after cornerback Frank Minnifield went out with a shoulder injury. The second overall choice, Turner had missed the first eight games with a stress fracture in his leg. He made five tackles, and broke up one pass.

* Quarterback Bernie Kosar, who completed 19 of 31 passes for 285 yards, is within one of Bart Starr's NFL record 294 attempts without throwing an interception.

For what it's worth, the Browns are 30-11-1 against the Eagles, and 17-3-1 in Cleveland.

The Bengals, who play the Eagles at Veterans Stadium on Nov. 17, finally won one when Cleveland's Matt Stover, who had been perfect on his previous 10 field-goal tries, hit the left upright on a 47-yard attempt with 1:56 left and then had a 34-yarder blocked by Eric Thomas with one second remaining.

With seven seconds left, normally glue-handed wide receiver Brian Brennan had what would have been a perfect 17-yard scoring pass in the corner of the end zone bounce off his shoulder.

Boomer Esiason, playing with an injured left shoulder, threw two touchdown passes to rally the Bengals from a 14-3 deficit. And Cincinnati's Harold Green rushed for 135 yards on 24 carries.

Jim Breech's third field goal, a 38-yarder, gave Cincinnati its final two- point lead early in the fourth period.

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