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CLEVELAND 21, JACKSONVILLE 20

A Hail Mary by Couch Is Well-Met by Morgan

December 09, 2002|From Associated Press

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The old "Kardiac Kids" were downright boring compared to these new Cleveland Browns.

In another game decided in the final minute, the Browns beat Jacksonville, 21-20, when Quincy Morgan caught a desperation heave from Tim Couch for a touchdown with no time left Sunday.

"I thought I had seen everything I could in football," Coach Butch Davis said. "I guess I hadn't."

Davis has coached 29 games with the Browns. This was the 16th decided in the last minute.

Officials needed 90 seconds to review and uphold Morgan's 50-yard touchdown catch, and when that drama was complete, Phil Dawson kicked the extra point for the winning margin.

Davis sprinted off the field with his son in his arms. Jaguar Coach Tom Coughlin fell flat to the ground in disbelief.

"Comments are beyond me right now," Coughlin said.

The Browns (7-6) looked all but out of the playoff chase after a 13-6 loss to Carolina last week. But it's folly to count them out. Their victory, combined with Pittsburgh's surprising loss to Houston, pulled them within a half-game of the Steelers in the AFC North.

Morgan fought off tight coverage from Fernando Bryant on the final play. As the two fell to the ground, Morgan cradled Tim Couch's pass into his body with his right hand.

Side judge Bill Spyksma signaled touchdown. Coughlin insisted he saw the ball hit the ground, but after the review, referee Ron Winter said there was no indisputable evidence to overturn the play.

"This is what makes this game so amazing," Morgan said. "Any play can occur on any given Sunday."

The Jaguars (5-8) lost their third straight and are guaranteed a non-winning record for the third consecutive season.

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