It was over when
Browns coach Romeo Crennel flipped a coin last week to determine who would start the game. He's probably wishing he'd done the same this week, and the coin had more than two sides. Starter Derek Anderson fumbled on the first play of the game, and the Lions recovered and converted a field goal. On his second series, Anderson brought the Browns to the goal line before the team was penalized twice and he threw an interception. Charlie Frye didn't fare much better, going 5-for-10 with an interception. Ken Dorsey finally led the team to its first score after a controversial fumble call. Rookie Brady Quinn looked comfortable in his debut, leading the team to two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter.
Within the last minute of the first half, Lions' QB Jon Kitna led the team to two scores. With 59 seconds left, he drove the team from its own 34-yard line and four plays later connected with Shaun McDonald for an 14-yard touchdown. After the Lions intercepted Frye on the Browns' ensuing possession, Kitna got the Lions into field goal range. He completed 12-of-16 passes for 137 yards.
McDonald collected 47 yards on three receptions, including the 14-yard strike from Kitna in the closing minute of the first half. He showed why he'll be a solid back up to Calvin Johnson and Roy Williams.
After much hype, Quinn entered the game with 9:20 left in the game, and successfully connected on his first five passes before throwing for his first touchdown. He completed 13-of-20 passes and finished the game with 155 yards and two touchdowns.