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Browns 20, 49ers 7

December 31, 2007|From the Associated Press

CLEVELAND — As their turnaround season ended inside a dome hundreds of miles away, the Cleveland Browns could only watch -- and wonder.

Despite 10 wins, the Browns, who won only four games last season, were left out of the AFC playoffs after the Tennessee Titans won, 16-10, in Indianapolis on Sunday night to clinch the final wild-card spot and set up a first-round game in San Diego.

The Browns, who beat the San Francisco 49ers, 20-7, in their home finale, figure to wonder what might have been had they not thrown away a game in Cincinnati last week, a loss that cost them a postseason berth.

"We are disappointed that we didn't reach the playoffs, however, we had a good year," Coach Romeo Crennel said.

In the Browns' victory, Joshua Cribbs returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown, Jamal Lewis rushed for 128 yards and rookie quarterback Brady Quinn made his long-awaited debut.

Quinn was three for eight for 45 yards in his one series, but had a sure TD pass dropped by tight end Kellen Winslow.

Quoteworthy: "We've learned a lot, grown a lot and look forward to continuing to build on what we've accomplished this season." -- Romeo Crenel, Browns coach

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