Sports

Gordon, Crowell star, Hoyer bounces back from picks to lead Browns past Falcons 26-24

  • Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant (21) grabs Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (16) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

    Atlanta Falcons cornerback Desmond Trufant (21) grabs Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (16) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) can't make the catch as Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger (99) looks on during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

    Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (24) can't make the catch as Cleveland Browns outside linebacker Paul Kruger (99) looks on during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)  (The Associated Press)

  • Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith tries to call a time out during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith tries to call a time out during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)  (The Associated Press)

Brian Hoyer shook off three interceptions, leading the Cleveland Browns down the field in the final minute to set up Billy Cundiff's 37-yard field goal as time expired for a 26-24 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

Taking advantage of the last of Hoyer's picks, the Falcons drove for Matt Bryant's 53-yard field goal with 44 seconds remaining to seize the lead.

But Hoyer completed four straight passes, the last of them to the Falcons 19, and spiked the ball with 5 seconds left. Cundiff trotted on and made his fourth field goal of the game for the Browns (7-4).

Atlanta (4-7), coming in improbably tied for first in the woeful NFC South, dropped to 0-7 against teams outside the division.

Isaiah Crowell scored a pair of touchdowns for the Browns, who also were bolstered by the return of Josh Gordon. He had eight catches for 120 yards.

___

AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL