Browns
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23 - 26 Final
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Quinn, Anderson sit; Browns fall to Bears 26-23

Sep 4, 2009 - 4:14 AM By ANDREW SELIGMAN AP Sports Writer

CHICAGO(AP) -- The first pass of the game got picked off. Good thing for Brady Quinn he wasn't the one throwing it. Neither was Derek Anderson.

Eric Mangini didn't need another look at his top quarterbacks so he gave them the night off rather than one more audition. And if he has decided on a starter, well, he wasn't saying.

"I have no additional information on that," he said Thursday night. "There's nothing to add."

Brett Ratliff started the preseason finale for the Browns and led a touchdown drive after throwing that early interception against Chicago. Robbie Gould kicked two of his four field goals in the fourth quarter, though, leading the Bears past Cleveland 26-23 Thursday in the preseason-finale.

When Mangini said he wasn't sure who would start this week, many assumed it would be Quinn or Anderson. Well, not quite.

Ratliff got intercepted by Zackary Bowman on the game's first play from scrimmage, leading to a 43-yard field goal by Gould, but made a decent recovery. He threw a touchdown on the next possession and was 8 of 20 overall while playing in the first and fourth quarters.

Richard Bartel played the middle two periods for Cleveland and was 12 of 14 for 137 yards and did not throw a TD or get picked off.

Chicago's Jay Cutler had a short night, playing just one series and not attempting a pass.

"I'll just say it was a long game," he said with a big grin while wiping his brow.

Cutler didn't even bother to throw in the pregame warmups and when asked why he even played, he deferred to coach Lovie Smith.

That Cutler's time on the field was limited was no shocker, but the decision to keep Quinn and Anderson on the sideline was a bit of a surprise.

"It was really the bigger approach," said Mangini, who kept just about all his projected starters out of the game. "It wasn't just the quarterback position. It was just about every position on the team."

The two split time this preseason while playing close to a statistical standstill, with Quinn starting the first and third preseason games and Anderson the second.

With both quarterbacks sitting, Ratliff got the start after spending 2007 on the New York Jets' practice squad and last year on the sideline even though he was on their active roster. Things certainly didn't look good at the start when Bowman lunged in front of Brian Robiskie along the sideline near midfield for the interception.

The Bears took over on the Cleveland 44, and Cutler handed off to Kevin Jones six straight times, putting the ball on the 25 before Gould booted the 43-yarder.

The Browns quickly answered, with James Davis breaking off a 21-yard run to put them on the Bears 35 and Ratliff capping the drive with a 7-yarder over the middle to Mohamed Massaquoi.

Chicago's night took another bad turn on the second play of the next possession, when Jones left the game with a left ankle injury. He had just been knocked out of bounds following a 6-yard gain when Cleveland's Marcus Benard got called for a late hit, although it was not clear if that was when the injury occurred.

That gave him 25 yards on seven carries, while Caleb Hanie went 9 of 13 with 119 yards, a touchdown and interception for Chicago. Johnny Knox broke off a 50-yard kickoff return, setting up an 18-yard TD pass from Brett Basanez to Brandon Rideau that tied it at 20 midway through the third. Gould booted a 47-yarder early in the fourth to give the Bears a 23-20 lead and added a 39-yarder about six minutes later to make it a six-point game.

"Some players took advantage of their last opportunity to show that they belong on a 53-man roster," Smith said. "I like what Johnny Knox was able to do returning and just his overall game. I like the way Juaquin Iglesias caught the ball at the end of the game, Brett Basanez stepping in."

NOTES: Cleveland's Chris Jennings ran for 59 yards, while Davis finished with 37. ... Browns Pro-Bowl NT Shaun Rogers, LB David Bowens, LB Titus Brown and OL Rex Hadnot were not in uniform. ... Chicago CB Charles Tillman, who's recovering from back surgery, DL Israel Idonije (hamstring), TE Kellen Davis (hamstring) and DE Henry Melton (foot). ... RB Matt Forte was in uniform but did not start. ... Bowman and safeties Kevin Payne and Danieal Manning were the Bears' only defensive starters still on the field for the second possession.






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    CLEVELAND 7 6 7 3 23
    CHICAGO 3 3 14 6 26 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: CHI - FG, ROBBIE GOULD 43 YD, 3:59. Drive: 7
    plays, 19 yards in 3:48. CHICAGO 3-0
    CLE - TD, MOHAMED MASSAQUOI 7 YD PASS FROM BRETT
    RATLIFF (PHIL DAWSON KICK), 9:20. Drive: 9
    plays, 73 yards in

    Sep 3 10:58 PM


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    FG CLE
    PHIL DAWSON 33 YD
    CLEVELAND 23
    CHICAGO 26 2:25 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Browns 23, Bears 26  4th - 2:25Sep 3 10:47 PM
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    ROBBIE GOULD 39 YD
    CLEVELAND 20
    CHICAGO 26 7:20 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Browns 20, Bears 26  4th - 7:20Sep 3 10:33 PM
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    ROBBIE GOULD 47 YD
    CLEVELAND 20
    CHICAGO 23 13:43 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Browns 20, Bears 23  4th - 13:43Sep 3 10:17 PM


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    CLEVELAND 20
    CHICAGO 20 15:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR
    CHI BALL ON CLE 29 YD LINE
    2ND AND 4

    Browns 20, Bears 20  4th - 15:00Sep 3 10:16 PM


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    END, 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    CLEVELAND 7 6 7 20
    CHICAGO 3 3 14 20 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: CHI - FG, ROBBIE GOULD 43 YD, 3:59. Drive: 7
    plays, 19 yards in 3:48. CHICAGO 3-0
    CLE - TD, MOHAMED MASSAQUOI 7 YD PASS FROM BRETT
    RATLIFF (PHIL DAWSON KICK), 9:20. Drive: 9
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    Browns 13, Bears 6  End of 3rdSep 3 10:16 PM


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    TD CHI
    BRANDON RIDEAU 18 YD PASS FROM BRETT BASANEZ
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    CLEVELAND 20
    CHICAGO 20 5:07 LEFT, 3RD QTR

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    RICHARD BARTEL 1 YD RUN
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    CLEVELAND 20
    CHICAGO 13 8:20 LEFT, 3RD QTR

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    MICHAEL GAINES 25 YD PASS FROM CALEB HANIE
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    CLEVELAND 13
    CHICAGO 13 11:58 LEFT, 3RD QTR

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    CLEVELAND 13
    CHICAGO 6 14:54 LEFT, 3RD QTR
    CHI BALL ON CHI 32 YD LINE
    1ST AND 10

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    CHICAGO 3 3 6 HALFTIME
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    1ST QUARTER: CHI - FG, ROBBIE GOULD 43 YD, 3:59. Drive: 7
    plays, 19 yards in 3:48. CHICAGO 3-0
    CLE - TD, MOHAMED MASSAQUOI 7 YD PASS FROM BRETT
    RATLIFF (PHIL DAWSON KICK), 9:20. Drive: 9
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    ROBBIE GOULD 40 YD
    CLEVELAND 13
    CHICAGO 6 1:08 LEFT, 2ND QTR

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    PHIL DAWSON 50 YD
    CLEVELAND 13
    CHICAGO 3 3:46 LEFT, 2ND QTR

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    FG CLE
    PHIL DAWSON 20 YD
    CLEVELAND 10
    CHICAGO 3 8:13 LEFT, 2ND QTR

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    CLEVELAND 7
    CHICAGO 3 15:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR
    CLE BALL ON CHI 47 YD LINE
    3RD AND 5

    Browns 7, Bears 3  2nd - 15:00Sep 3 8:40 PM


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    END, 1ST QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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    CLEVELAND 7 7
    CHICAGO 3 3 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: CHI - FG, ROBBIE GOULD 43 YD, 3:59. Drive: 7
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    CLE - TD, MOHAMED MASSAQUOI 7 YD PASS FROM BRETT
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    MOHAMED MASSAQUOI 7 YD PASS FROM BRETT RATLIFF
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    CLEVELAND 7
    CHICAGO 3 5:40 LEFT, 1ST QTR

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    ROBBIE GOULD 43 YD
    CLEVELAND 0
    CHICAGO 3 11:01 LEFT, 1ST QTR

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