After running for 4 yards on second down, Kizer overthrew tight end David Njoku in the back corner of the end zone allowing Zane Gonzalez to kick a 23-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead with 11:30 left in the first quarter.
With 15 seconds left in the first half, the Browns had the ball inside the Lions' five with no timeouts, but they called a run play which the Lions stopped, and then the Brown didn't have enough time to get another play off, ending the first half with the Lions up 17-10. The 21 passes and 232 yards were both the second best totals of Kizer's career, trailing only a game against the Indianapolis Colts when he was 22-for-47 with 242 yards passing.
That said, Detroit did hold DeShone Kizer own preventing Cleveland from calling another play prior to halftime. Cleveland fans already know the answer given how they've played.
After an unfortunate sequence of events to end the first half, Cleveland put the ball in the hands of Isaiah Crowell, Duke Johnson Jr. and Kizer. The Lions' offense found a rhythm late but started off slow and spotted the Browns a 10-point lead.
Cody Kessler is playing for the Browns at quarterback during the fourth quarter.
All was not lost, however, as the Browns only trailed by seven points and, up to that point, had dominated Detroit's defense by rushing for 197 yards.
Matt Prater kicked a 46-yard field goal before Abdullah's 8-yard scoring run capped a 90-yard drive to tie it.
So of course Jackson decides it is time to pass the ball. The Browns were coming out of a timeout - their last of the half - and it is incumbent upon Jackson to stress game situation to his rookie quarterback.
In what universe does that make sense? Crowell finished it off with a 6-yard run. And there even was a Kenny Britt sighting, as he was able to turn a short pass into a touchdown in the first quarter.
Emmanuel Ogbah had four sacks, and Christian Kirksey and Joe Schobert each added a sack.