Game Recap 10/15/23 | Browns Victory over 49ers 19-17

October 15, 2023

Andy Billman

Post-Game Live Recap

3 Things About Browns Victory Over 49ers

1 – NO GOOD!!!!


49er K Jake Moody had a chance to win the game with nine seconds left but pushed the ball to the right missing the 41-yard field goal.  Moody missed two kicks making one which was the big difference in the game as the Browns K Dustin Hopkins was four out of five. 

2 – 2nd Half Defense Domination  

The Browns defense dominated in the second half only giving up seven points and three first downs limiting the 49ers offense.   The 49ers did not get a first down in the second half until their last drive of the game. 

3 – Run Game 

Cleveland needed a big day from the run game and they got it out by rushing San Francisco 160 to 108, it was particularly important on the Browns drive to get in line for the game-winning field goal with RB Jerome Ford getting 40 yards on the ground. 


This showed the toughness of the Browns today, they out-toughed San Francisco and got a huge win when they clearly were outmatched with injuries.  A huge win for Head Coach Kevin Stefanski!!! GO BROWNS!!!

Game Summary

The Cleveland Browns delivered the most shocking upset of the NFL season. In a thrilling Sunday showdown, the Browns ended the San Francisco 49ers’ impressive 15-game regular-season winning streak, triumphing 19-17, and handed rookie NFL starter Brock Purdy his first loss.

Rookie Jake Moody, in a high-stakes moment, missed a 41-yard field goal with just six seconds left on the clock, sealing the Browns’ victory. Dustin Hopkins was instrumental for the Browns, nailing four field goals, including the game-winner with only 1:40 left, a drive aided by a contentious unnecessary roughness penalty against the 49ers (5-1).

Notably, the Browns pulled off this upset without the services of quarterback Deshaun Watson, who was sidelined for the second consecutive game due to a shoulder injury.

The 49ers appeared nearly invincible after a dominant 42-10 victory against the Dallas Cowboys last week. However, the Browns’ defense rose to the occasion, and the 49ers were hampered by injuries to key players, including Christian McCaffrey and Deebo Samuel.

P.J. Walker, elevated from Cleveland’s practice squad, outperformed Purdy, who had an uncharacteristically tough day, throwing his first interception of the season and finishing with just 125 yards.

Brock Purdy, a 23-year-old sensation, had won his first ten starts and came agonizingly close to engineering a comeback in the final moments. He drove the 49ers into field-goal range, but Moody’s missed attempt to the right sealed the Browns’ victory. The Browns’ sideline erupted in celebration, and fans danced in the aisles.

Purdy struggled throughout the game, completing just 12 of 27 passes for 125 yards.

The 49ers were overwhelming favorites, and their odds seemed to grow even more favorable when the Browns ruled out Deshaun Watson on Friday. Cleveland turned to Walker, a late August signing, and he demonstrated poise on the Browns’ final drive, culminating in Hopkins’ game-winning kick. A controversial throw into the end zone by Walker went unpunished.

The Browns received crucial assistance from a roughness call against 49ers safety Tashaun Gipson Sr., who had previously spent four seasons with Cleveland. On a critical 3rd-and-10, Walker’s pass to Elijah Moore was high, but Gipson’s personal foul for leading with his helmet extended the drive.

Walker completed 18 of 34 passes for 192 yards but threw two interceptions.

Purdy struggled to find his rhythm against the top-rated Cleveland defense, and his challenges multiplied when Samuel sustained a shoulder injury, and McCaffrey was hindered by an oblique issue. Nevertheless, a pass interference call in favor of the 49ers in their final possession provided a glimmer of hope. Purdy made a couple of impressive throws to Jauan Jennings before Moody’s fateful field goal attempt.

This game was not without its share of pre-game drama, as tempers flared during warm-ups, resulting in a brief skirmish on the 49ers’ sideline. Trash talk was rampant, and Trent Williams, San Francisco’s left tackle, even pushed Elijah Moore, knocking his helmet off.

The 49ers got off to a strong start, aided by two personal fouls against the Browns, with Purdy connecting with McCaffrey for an early touchdown.

Up Next

At Indianapolis on Oct. 22.

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