Browns vs. Falcons: Live Updates, Drive-By-Drive Coverage, Highlights – Sports Illustrated

  • October 3, 2022

The Atlanta Falcons (1-2) and Cleveland Browns (2-1) face off in their first October game today at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta at 1 p.m.
Today's game is a matchup between the NFL's top two rushers … Cleveland's Nick Chubb and Atlanta's Cordarrelle Patterson, who is active today despite holding a "questionable" status for Friday's injury report.
Browns defensive end Myles Garrett won't play in today's game after being involved in a car accident earlier this week. Garrett suffered a shoulder sprain that will hold him out today, and possibly in several games down the line. Fellow defensive linemen Taven Bryan and Jadeveon Clowney are also out with injuries.
The Falcons aren't dealing with any injuries today, as all of the inactives are healthy scratches.
Here's a look at the inactives for today's game …
RECORDS: Atlanta Falcons (1-2) vs. Cleveland Browns (2-1)
TV/RADIO: CBS | 92.9 FM The Game
ODDS: The Browns are 1.5-point favorites vs. the Falcons.
MONEYLINE: Browns (-117); Falcons (-101)
Over/under: 46.5
GAME TIME: Sunday, October 2nd, 2022 at 1:00 p.m.
LOCATION: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
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The Falcons have won the toss and deferred. The Browns will start with the ball. 
First Quarter
Bradley Pinion kickoff sails to the seven yard line and returned 18 yards by Jerome Ford. 
Jacoby Brissett completes a strike to Donvan Peoples-Jones for a gain of 13 yards. 
A Wyatt Teller false start brings the Browns back five yards following the first down. 
On 1st and 15, a twenty-five yard completion by Brissett to David Njoku brings the Browns to Atlantas' 42-yard-line. 
Another first down for the Browns, but this time on the ground  for Nick Chubb's first rush of the game, good for 11 yards. 
Brissett completes another deep ball, all the way down to Atlantas' 11 yard line for a 20-yard completion to Njoku.
After three plays to get down to the four-yard-line, the Browns go for it on fourth down but can not convert as the Falcons defense forces the stop. 
Change of Possession
Running back Cordarrelle Patterson rushes for six yards on first down up to the Falcons ten-yard-line. 
Tight end Kyle Pitts receives his first target of the game and brings down his first catch for twenty five yards on second down.
Patterson nearly gets up to midfield for his second carry of the game, rushing for thirteen yards on first and down. 
Wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus picks up his first catch of the game for thirteen yards up to Clevelands 28-yard-line. 
A twenty-yard strike from Mariota to Tyler Allgeier gets the Falcons in striking range all the way down to the Browns nine-yard-line. 
The Falcons can not take advantage of being inside the ten-yard-line, and have to settle for a thirty yard field goal. 
Youghoe Koos' kick is good and the Falcons strike first. 
Falcons 3, Browns 0 
Change of Possession 
Pinion sends the kick into the Browns endzone, but Ford returns the kick up to the Browns 16-yard-line and a holding call brings the Browns half the distant to the goal line. 
Njoku receives a short pass from Brissett but fumbles, Atlanta recovers the ball at their own 35-yard-line. 
Change of Possession
Despite a four yard loss on first down, Mariota steps back to pass and connects with tight end Parker Hesse for a gain of 22 yards. 
Patterson rushes for 13 yards to the outside for a Falcons' TOUCHDOWN, Koo's PAT attempt is good. 
Falcons 10, Browns 0
Change of Possession and End of First Quarter 
A fourth-down conversion on the Atlanta 39-yard-line keeps the Browns drive alive on fourth and one courtesy of a Brissett carry up the middle. 
The Browns long possession continues rolling in the end zone, with a strong run from Chubb on third and five, getting down to the five-yard-line. 
Brissett scrambles around and decides to take it himself into the endzone, wrapping up a 16 play drive to get the Browns on the board. Cade Yorks' kick is GOOD. 
Falcons 10, Browns 7
The Atlanta Falcons and Cleveland Browns are deadlocked through two quarters in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Here's a rundown of all the action.
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Change of Possession 
Yorks' kick sails into the endzone, Falcons will start on their 25-yard-line. 
Browns force the three-and-out after two incomplete passes from Mariota. 
Pinion sends first punt of the game 50 yards and Donovan Peoples-Jones returns kick just one yard to the Browns 20-yard-line. 
Change of Possession 
Chubb muscles his way up to Cleveland's 35-yard-line on 4th and one to avoid the three and out.
Another strong run by Chubb brings the football near midfield for a 13 yard gain. 
DeAngelo Malone forces a big loss on 1st and 10, bringing down Njoku six yards behind the line of scrimmage heading into the two minute warning. 
Two Minute Warning
Two big plays from Brissett get the Browns in striking distance, with a 15 yard strike to David Bell to make it a manageable 3rd and 1, followed by a 41 yard connection to Peoples-Jones to get all the way down to the Falcons one-yard-line. 
A holding call from the Browns brings the ball back to the 11-yard-line on second down. 
The Falcons defense stands strong, forcing three straight incomplete passes to make the Browns settle for a field goal attempt. 
York's 29-yard field goal attempt is GOOD to tie the game. 
Falcons 10, Browns 10
Change of Possession 
York's kickoff sails into the endzone and Mariota kneels to conclude the first half. 
Atlanta will receive the ball to start the second half. 
York send his kick into the end zone for a touchback, Atlanta will begin the second half on the 25-yard-line.
Allgeier proceeds to be the only yardage the Falcons can muster and Cleveland forces a punt. 
Pinion punts 49 yards and Peoples-Jones fair catches at the Cleveland 22-yard-line. 
Change of Possession 
The Falcons defense comes out strong in the second half, forcing the three-and-out and punt from Cleveland's 30-yard-line. 
A long 63-yard punt from Corey Bojorquez is returned 18 yards by Avery Williams to Atlanta's 30-yard-line. 
Change of Possession 
A seven-yard gain from Mariota to Drake London is all for not as the receiver is called for a facemask, bringing the ball back 15 yards. 
Mariota steps back to pass on third and long, but is sacked for an eight yard loss by Jordan Elliot. 
Pinion sends a punt 53 yards to the Cleveland 32-yard-line, Peoples-Jones returns for five yards. 
Change of Possession 
Corner back Casey Hayward nearly picks off Brissett on third and eight, but still breaks up the pass to force the Browns to punt once again. 
Bojorquez stays busy in the second half, punting a clean 50 yards and after a few hops is downed at the 11-yard-line. 
Change of Possession 
Mariota keeps it himself on third and three, rushing up to the Atlanta 29-yard-line for an eight yard pick up. 
Mariota steps back to pass on second down and is INTERCEPTED by Denzel Ward on the Atlanta 43-yard-line. 
Change of Possession 
Cleveland capitalizes on the turnover, working its way down to the Atlanta 32-yard-line but is stopped on third and five. 
York is brought out to attempt a 45-yard field goal attempt, and the kick is GOOD. 
Cleveland 13, Atlanta 10
Change of Possession 
Running back Caleb Huntley receives major workload towards the end of the third quarter, taking five consecutive carries for 39 total yards to bring the Falcons down to Cleveland 37-yard-line heading into the fourth quarter. 
End of the Third Quarter
The Falcons rushing attack continues the momentum from the previous period, with the ten play possession (all runs) ending in a five-yard touchdown from Huntley. Koos' PAT attempt is GOOD. 
Falcons 17, Browns 13
Change of Possession 
A big 20-yard run by Hunt gets the Browns all the way down to the Falcons 28-yard-line. 
The Browns strike right back on the scoreboard, with a 2:52 minute possession capped off by a 28-yard touchdown run from Nick Chubb. 
Yorks' kick is GOOD to take a three-point lead with less than ten minutes to go. 
Browns 20, Falcons 17
Change of Possession 
Williams erupts for a 20-yard run to begin Atlantas' possession, followed by a 42-yard run by Allgeier to bring make their way to Clevelands three-yard-line in less than two minutes. 
The Falcons can not take full advantage of knocking on the door of the endzone, having to settle for a chip shot field goal. 
Koos' 20-yard field goal attempt is GOOD to tie the game. 
Atlanta 20, Cleveland 20
Change of Possession 
Despite multiple double-digit yard runs from Hunt and Chubb to get inside Falcons territory, Atlanta holds strong late in the game to force the punt with under four minutes to go. 
A 36-yard punt from Bojorquez is downed inside Atlanta's ten-yard-line. 
Change of Possession 
Mariota connects with Zaccheaus for a 43-yard gain along with a facemask call on Clevelands' Ward to tack on another 15 yards.