Colt McCoy's first career win: Oct. 24, 2010
NEW ORLEANS — For once, and maybe for the only time since pro football returned to Cleveland in 1999, when a road game ended Sunday, the Browns' faithful in attendance were making more noise than the remaining stunned fans of the hosts.
The game did not start out that way. The noise inside the Superdome created by impassioned Saints fans was so loud Browns rookie quarterback Colt McCoy had to resort to a silent snap count after one play.
Things can change, and the Browns changed them. They changed the cheers to boos by confounding the Saints on defense, tricking them on special teams and playing efficiently on offense, especially when McCoy played keepaway on a crucial drive that chewed up more than half of the fourth quarter of a 30-17 victory over the defending Super Bowl champions.
When it was all over, a loud gathering of Browns fans sitting above the tunnel to the Browns' locker room barked like old times and chanted "Here were go Brownies, here we go!" as players trotted off the field. The Browns are 2-5.
"I'm really proud of the guys," Coach Eric Mangini said. "What I said to them in the locker room is, ‘You see what's possible when we play complementary football. When we play together, we win.'
"When we do that, I think anything is possible. I think it was, arguably, our most complete game (in two years)."
Read more from Jeff Schudel's game story: Browns 30, Saints 17: Big and easy.
Below, the front page and Sports section front from the Oct. 25, 2010, print edition:
-- Cheryl Sadler | CSadler@News-Herald.com | @nhcheryl