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Packers win preseason opener, 17-11 over Browns

Two safeties in fourth quarter keep Green Bay on top


GREEN BAY -- The Packers tacked on two safeties in the fourth quarter and defeated the Browns, 17-11, in preseason action on Friday night at Lambeau Field.

The Packers were in position to add to their lead early in the fourth quarter, as QB Marquise Williams hit rookie WR Geronimo Allison on third down for a 10-yard gain to convert. After a holding penalty, Williams then scrambled for 18 yards to get the Packers into field-goal range.

But Williams was then picked off at the 1-yard line by CB Eric Patterson on a pass intended for Allison, and the Browns stayed close.

Browns QB Cody Kessler promptly ran out of the back of the end zone while trying to scramble on first down, giving the Packers a safety and a 15-11 advantage.

The Packers went nowhere after the free kick, but rookie P Peter Mortell got them out of trouble with a 62-yard punt that was well-covered. The Browns took over on their own 18 with 8:26 left.

A penalty on the Browns and a sack by rookie LB Kyler Fackrell pushed Cleveland back inside its own 5-yard line, forcing the Browns to punt from their own end zone. The Packers took over on their own 42.

Williams completed a short pass to TE Casey Pierce to convert on fourth down, move the chains and keep the clock running. The Browns chased down Williams on a third-down scramble for a sack and spent their final timeout with 2:27 left.

Rookie P Peter Mortell angled his kick to the corner, out of bounds on the Cleveland 4-yard line. Packers DL Christian Ringo promptly sacked Kessler for a safety, the Packers' second and the game's third safety on the night, putting the Packers ahead 17-11 with 2:06 left.

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