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September 23, 2012 - Mike McLain
CLEVELAND -- It was a depressing scene in the Browns' locker room after their 24-14 loss to the Buffalo Bills Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
Some of the players were upset to hear cheers from Bills' fans in a near-empty stadium in the final seconds of the game. Safety T.J. Ward said that he heard cheers for the defense when the Browns defense wasn't on the field. He said it felt like he was playing on the road.
“It was embarrassing,” Ward said. “It felt like at times like you’re not the home team; not even when the game wasn’t all the way at the end.
The Bills opened a 14-0 lead on touchdown passes from Ryan Fitzpatrick to T.J. Graham and C.J. Spiller in the first quarter. The Browns made it a 14-7 game at halftime on a 6-yard run by Trent Richardson. Rian Lindell kicked a 37-yard field goal in the third quarter to extend the Bills' lead to 17-7. After a 22-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Weeden to Travis Benjamin made it 17-14, the Bills sealed the win on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Fitzpatrick to Stevie Johnson.
Browns coach Pat Shurmur was clearly upset with a loss that dropped the Browns' record to 0-3. With road games coming up against the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants, the Browns are staring down a 0-5 start.
“The next one is the game we have to win,” Shurmur said. “That’s it. There all must wins. Who goes into a game thinking they’re going to lose. You add them up at the end and decide where you’re at.
The Browns-Ravens game is Thursday and will be televised by the "NFL Network."
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