Replay: Cleveland Browns give one away to Atlanta Falcons 23-20

Oct 2, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Damiere Byrd (14) tries to catch a pass defended by Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward (21) during the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

A quick turnaround to a Thursday night game against the hated Pittsburgh Steelers proved to be just the elixir the Browns needed to wash away the taste of the one that got away.

After becoming the first team in nearly 20 years to give up a 13-point lead in the final two minutes of a game in an inexplicable loss to the New York Jets in the home opener, the Browns bounced back strong in a 29-17 win over the Steelers.

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Now, the Browns are hoping that a couple of extra days of rest and preparation will be what they need to keep their momentum going in the right direction in Sunday's road game against the Atlanta Falcons.

There is still work to be done to correct some glaring problems on special teams and the defense played better despite not generating the kind of pressure they expected on Steelers quarterback Mitch Trubisky.

However, the offense found its rhythm against the Steelers with a punishing ground game and a new-found connection between quarterback Jacoby Brissett and his top two targets, receiver Amari Cooper and tight end David Njoku.

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Falcons intercept the ball with 55 seconds left

Falcons run out the clock to win as the Browns had no timeouts.

Falcons take a 23-20

If you've heard the one about busted coverage in the Browns secondary, raise your hand. Yes, it happened again. A wide open Olamide Zaccheaus caught a pass for 42 yards, a 15-yard penalty on Denzel Ward moved the ball 57 yards in total allowing the Falcons to eventually attempt the field goal.

Falcons tie the game at 20

Younghoe Koo kicks a 21-yard field goal for Atlanta to tie the game.

Nick Chubb says: 'I can do that, too' for the Browns

The Browns come right back with their own drive of 75 yards on six plays with a 28-yard TD from Nick Chubb adding the points and exclamation point. Chubb has gone over 100 yards once again with an unofficial 105 yards on 17 carries for 6.2 yards per. The Browns take a 20-17 lead.

Falcons run ball down Browns' throats

On a 10-play drive, the Falcons run all 10 times with the effort being capped by a touchdown run by running back Caleb Huntley. Falcons were able to get outside on several of those rushes, showing just how much defensive ends Jadeveon Clowney and Myles Garrett are missed, but they plowed through the interior of the line as well. The Falcons take a 17-13 lead at the 12:51 mark of the fourth quarter.

Denzel Ward interception leads to points from Cade York

The Browns, unable to mount much in the way of a drive, take the pints this time and kicker Cade York connects on a 45-yard field goal.

It was shaping up to be a lackluster third quarter for Browns

The third quarter had been little more than an exchange of punts until Browns cornerback Denzel Ward stepped in to wrestle the ball way from Falcons receiver Drake London for an interception at the 7:05 mark.

Browns tie the game at 10

The Browns tie the game, but had opportunities inside the Falcons' 5-yard line to take a lead in the game. They could not get in the end zone from the 1-yard line and settle for a 29-yard field goal from Cade York.

Jacoby Brissett lumbers towards the end zone

The Browns probably needed a score more than anyone is willing to admit so early in the game. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett completes a 16-play, 75-yard drive with a touchdown on a scramble to cut the Falcons lead to 10-7 at 7:35 mark of the second quarter.

The Falcons capitalize on a turnover

Falcons running back Cordaralle Patterson scores on a run from 13 yards out and just like that the Falcons lead 10-0.

Browns TE David Njoku fumbles

The Browns turn it over at their 31 when David Njoku, working for extra yards, has the ball knocked out by a helmet. The Falcons recover.

Falcons take a lead

After the Browns took the opening game kickoff marched to the Falcons 3-yard line only to come up short on a fourth down play. The Falcons go 84 plays on 14 plays and settles for a 30-yard field goal. They take a 3-0 lead at 3:36 of the first quarter.

This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Replay: Atlanta Falcons beat the Cleveland Browns 23-20