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Rodgers sharp, defense dull in Packers pre-season loss


GREEN BAY, Wis (TSN-WSAU) Phil Dawson made a pair of field goals with less than two minutes left in the game, as the Cleveland Browns rallied past the Green Bay Packers, 27-24, in the preseason lid-lifter for each club.

Dawson made a 58-yard field goal with about 1 1/2 minutes remaining and a 46- yarder as time expired to give Cleveland the victory.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers played into the second quarter, and was sharp in his season debut. He completed 12-of-13 passes for 156-yards and a touchdown.

The Packers starting defense looked dull, giving up an 80-yard touchdown drive on the first series of the game, and failing to stop another touchdown after a Ryan Grant fumble.

Packers special teams, an area of concern from last year, continued to struggle with penalites and fumbles.

The Packers got their only lead of the game with 33-yard Mason Crosby field goal with 7:07 to play in the 4th quarter.

The Browns, who are trying to rebound from a 5-11 record in 2009, upgraded at quarterback in the offseason by signing Jake Delhomme, who made both Pro Bowl and Super Bowl appearances during a seven-year run as starting quarterback of the Carolina Panthers. Delhomme impressed in his Browns debut, completing 6- of-7 passes for 66 yards.

Seneca Wallace was brought in as a serviceable backup after spending seven years in Seattle. He connected on 4-of-8 passes for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Colt McCoy, who was selected in the third round of the draft, threw two interceptions before leaving with a right hand injury.

Jerome Harrison rushed for a TD, while Brian Robiskie and Benjamin Watson each caught a touchdown pass.

The Packers play their next pre-season game next Saturday against the Seattle Seahawks.