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Packers lead Browns 3-2 after one quarter

Safety precedes muffed free kick and field goal


GREEN BAY -- A safety, a muffed free kick and a field goal highlighted the first quarter of Friday night's preseason game between the Packers and Browns at Lambeau Field.

The Packers began the game with a promising drive, as RB Eddie Lacy carried four straight times for 24 yards, and QB Joe Callahan completed his first pass to TE Jared Cook to convert on third down.

The drive was extended when the Browns were called for running into the punter, giving the Packers a first down at the Cleveland 42-yard line, but the Packers couldn't take advantage and had to punt again.

The Browns got going right away, as QB Robert Griffin III went deep on the very first play to WR Terrelle Pryor, who beat CB Damarious Randall deep for a 49-yard gain. Five snaps later, though, Packers S Micah Hyde dove in front of TE Gary Barnidge for an impressive interception, giving Green Bay the ball back.

The Packers were starting on their own 1-yard line, though, and on first down, RB James Starks was tackled in the end zone for a safety.

The Browns muffed the ensuing free kick, giving the Packers the ball in Cleveland territory. A holding penalty on G Lane Taylor pushed the Packers out of field-goal range, but a screen pass to RB John Crockett gained back enough yardage for K Mason Crosby to make a 54-yarder, giving the Packers a 3-2 lead with 3:06 left in the first.

The Packers defense rose up on the next possession, as LB Blake Martinez and DE Datone Jones pressured Griffin on back-to-back snaps, leading to a punt.

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