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Dilfer, Bryant light it up late after 57 sluggish minutes

Associated Press
Published October 10, 2005


CLEVELAND - On his way out of Browns Stadium, quarterback Trent Dilfer seemed a little embarrassed as he accepted a few compliments for playing a good game.

"Yeah, thanks," Dilfer said with a smile and more than a hint of sarcasm. "Two nice throws."

That was all Cleveland needed.

Dilfer hit receiver Antonio Bryant for two touchdowns in 38 seconds late in the fourth quarter as the Browns rallied.

With the Browns down 10-6, Dilfer hit Bryant for a 33-yard score with 3:02 left. That was Dilfer's 100th career touchdown pass.

"It took me longer to get there than some guys," he said.

No.101 didn't take long at all. After Chris Crocker recovered a fumble by Bears rookie quarterback Kyle Orton, Dilfer found Bryant on a 28-yarder that put the Browns up by 10 with 2:24 left.

For Bryant, the scores helped erase frustration from a Sept.25 loss in Indianapolis when he couldn't haul in a possible touchdown in the fourth quarter.

"I was antsy to do something," Bryant said. "I wanted to make a play."

The Bears were undone by costly mistakes and an offense that couldn't get much going. Chicago running back Thomas Jones rushed for 137 yards on 24 carries, but left midway through the fourth quarter with an injured right knee.

NOTABLE: Browns rookie receiver Braylon Edwards remained hospitalized after surgery on an infection in his right arm.