CLEVELAND — Stafford made all the right moves in the second half. He was 15 of 21 for 165 yards and three TDs in the final 30 minutes.
Detroit’s defense stiffened after halftime and limited the Browns to 6 yards and no first downs in the third quarter.
Fauria’s second TD reception, a 23-yarder early in the fourth quarter, gave the Lions a 21-17 lead. Fauria got behind linebacker Craig Robertson and made a leaping catch in traffic just inside the goal line before celebrating with a dunk over the goal post. Fauria has seven receptions this season, four for TDs.
Stafford’s 18-yard TD pass to Bush had pulled the Lions within 17-14 in the third. Bush’s score capped a 79-yard drive for the Lions, who gained just 109 yards in the first half. The possession began with Bush dropping a short pass, but he more than made up for it with his catch and darting run.
Weeden threw two short TD passes and Billy Cundiff kicked a 40-yard field goal with 8 seconds left as the Browns, using a balanced attack, scored 17 unanswered points in the second quarter to build their 17-7 halftime lead.
Weeden shook off his first interception in 111 passes and threaded a 2-yard scoring pass to Greg Little, giving Cleveland a 14-7 lead. The Lions gave the right ball right back, going three-and-out and taking just 26 seconds off the clock before punting. Weeden’s 36-yard pass to Josh Gordon helped set up Cundiff’s kick.
The Browns racked up 115 yards rushing — 45 on Travis Benjamin’s end-around — in the first half as Cleveland’s offensive line surprisingly dominated Detroit’s notorious defensive front.
After falling behind 7-0, the Browns tied it 7-7 on Weeden’s 4-yard pass to Ogbonnaya. Stafford’s 1-yard TD pass to Fauria had given the Lions a 7-0 lead.