Browns at Vikings
Score: Browns 17, Vikings 14
Time: 3:45, second quarter
Situation: 4th-and-4 at Minnesota’s 11
Result: Touchdown pass from holder Spencer Lanning to tight end Jordan Cameron
What happened: This is a trick play that the Browns didn’t start practicing until the regular season. “Only the last couple of weeks,” Cameron said on Monday. The tight end isn’t on the field-goal team—“I think that’s why it worked so well,” he said—so as he was trotting off the field, Cameron looked for special teams coordinator Chris Tabor and long snapper Christian Yount. Tabor gave Yount the code word for the appropriate fake as he was going onto the field. He then relayed it to the players who needed to know. “He gave me the eye or whatever, saying the code word,” Cameron said. “I just saw that, acted like I was going to the sideline and then made a left turn and got as close as I could to the sideline, hoping no one saw me.” Vikings safety Jamarca Sanford was the defender on the end of the line, and he’s usually responsible for making sure no one is uncovered on that side of the field. The holder, Lanning, was supposed to check on Sanford before the snap. If Sanford spotted Cameron, the kick would proceed. If Sanford didn’t see Cameron, Lanning would quickly throw the ball to Cameron. “I had to make sure I was on the line of scrimmage, so I was talking to the ref—‘Am I on? Am I on?’ ” Cameron said. “And then I looked to the left and that’s exactly when he threw it. The ball was in the air forever, it felt like. Just had to run my butt off to get into the end zone.” He did, and the Browns, who ran a successful fake punt on the previous drive, led 24-14 in what would be a 31-27 victory. “We scored 10 points off special teams, and that’s huge, especially when we won by four,” Cameron said.