NEW ORLEANS — What the Browns did to the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints falls outside the boundaries of the NFL's “on any given Sunday” mantra.
Because on any given Sunday, you don't see the Browns executing a throwback on the first punt of the game. You don't see the high jinks continue later with a Reggie Hodges fake punt and 68-yard run through a hole bigger than the one Moses parted in the Red Sea.
On any given Sunday, you don't see Colt McCoy catching a pass from Peyton Hillis in a key situation in the fourth quarter.
You don't see Drew Brees being intercepted four times. And you don't see 33-year-old linebacker David Bowens snatching two of the picks and running them back for touchdowns of 30 and 64 yards.
“You don't dream of games like that,” Bowens said after the Browns stunned the Saints with well-timed gimmicks and profound execution on defense.
Just when you thought the buzzards were descending on another carcass of a Cleveland football season, the Browns upset the Saints 30-17. They can celebrate their bye week on a winning note as McCoy recorded his first NFL victory against his idol, Brees. McCoy and Brees embraced after the game.
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