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Jets send Browns to sixth straight loss

East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Geno Smith tossed a pair of touchdown passes to David Nelson and ran for a score as the New York Jets topped the Cleveland Browns 24-13 on Sunday.

With the Jets up 17-13 with 3:26 left and facing a 3rd-and-2, Smith was pressured, scrambled and darted through a huge seam up the middle for the game-clinching 17-yard score.

Smith was 20-of-36 for 214 yards for New York (7-8), which had dropped four of its last five games coming in. Chris Ivory ran for 109 yards on 20 carries in the triumph.

Josh Gordon had six receptions for 97 yards, while Edwin Baker carried the ball 17 times for 64 yards and a touchdown for the Browns (4-11), who have lost six straight.

"It's unacceptable. It was a tough game to swallow," Cleveland head coach Rob Chudzinski said.

Cleveland scored the first 10 points of the game before the Jets answered with the next 17.

"They had a stranglehold on us down 10-0, but our guys kept fighting," Jets head coach Rex Ryan said.

Smith's 5-yard TD flip to Nelson finished off a 14-play, 81-yard trek, which gave the Jets a 17-10 cushion with 14:14 remaining. Jeremy Kerley's 17-yard reception on a 3rd-and-13 highlighted the march.

Baker's 2-yard TD run on Cleveland's ensuing possession was nullified when Gary Barnidge was whistled for a false start. The Browns settled for a Billy Cundiff 21-yard field goal, which pulled the Browns within 17-13 with 9:40 left.

The Jets, though, took the next 6:21 off the clock before Smith scampered for his touchdown.

Earlier, Josh Cooper hadn't had a catch all season until he hauled in a five- yard reception on a 4th-and-2 at the New York 35. His reception led to a Cundiff 27-yard field goal at the 6:30 mark of the first quarter.

Cleveland stalled inside the 10-yard line on its next touch. The Browns were rewarded with a 1st-and-goal at the two when Sheldon Richardson was whistled for a roughing the passer penalty. Cleveland didn't capitalize as Gordon was unable to bring in passes on third and fourth down.

The Browns did find the end zone the next time they had the ball. Jordan Poyer returned a punt 29 yards to the Jets' 41, Gordon took a Wildcat handoff from MarQueis Gray for a 22-yard gain and Baker plunged in from five yards out three plays later for a 10-0 Cleveland lead midway through the second.

Smith and the Jets answered with a 13-play, 80-yard sequence. Smith hit Kerley over the middle for a 22-yard gain on a 3rd-and-12, Ivory burst for 21 yards off right tackle a few snaps later and Smith fit a 6-yard TD pass to Nelson in between the linebacker and safety to conclude the march.

The Jets appeared content with running out the remaining 34 seconds of the half when they regained possession at their own 18, but Bilal Powell broke off a 39-yard run up the middle. Tashaun Gipson was later called for an unnecessary roughness flag for hitting Smith out of bounds and Nick Folk split the uprights from 21 yards out to knot the tilt at 10-10 on the final play of the half.

The Browns moved the ball to the Jets' 29 on their first series of the second half, but Dee Milliner intercepted Jason Campbell. Folk, though, missed a 49- yard field goal.

Game Notes

The Jets outgained the Browns, 422-283 ... Nelson finished with 33 yards receiving on four catches ... Campbell was 18-of-39 for 178 yards with two interceptions.

12/22 19:38:28 ET

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 2013 American Football Conference Standings 
East Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-New England 12 4 0 .750 444 338 8-0 4-4 4-2 9-3
NY Jets 8 8 0 .500 290 387 6-2 2-6 3-3 5-7
Miami 8 8 0 .500 317 335 4-4 4-4 2-4 7-5
Buffalo 6 10 0 .375 339 388 4-4 2-6 3-3 5-7
 
North Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Cincinnati 11 5 0 .688 430 305 8-0 3-5 3-3 8-4
Pittsburgh 8 8 0 .500 379 370 5-3 3-5 4-2 6-6
Baltimore 8 8 0 .500 320 352 6-2 2-6 3-3 6-6
Cleveland 4 12 0 .250 308 406 3-5 1-7 2-4 3-9
 
South Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Indianapolis 11 5 0 .688 391 336 6-2 5-3 6-0 9-3
Tennessee 7 9 0 .438 362 381 3-5 4-4 2-4 6-6
Jacksonville 4 12 0 .250 247 449 1-7 3-5 3-3 4-8
Houston 2 14 0 .125 276 428 1-7 1-7 1-5 2-10
 
West Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Denver 13 3 0 .813 606 399 7-1 6-2 5-1 9-3
x-Kansas City 11 5 0 .688 430 305 5-3 6-2 2-4 7-5
x-San Diego 9 7 0 .563 396 348 5-3 4-4 4-2 6-6
Oakland 4 12 0 .250 322 453 3-5 1-7 1-5 4-8
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
 2013 National Football Conference Standings 
East Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Philadelphia 10 6 0 .625 442 382 4-4 6-2 4-2 9-3
Dallas 8 8 0 .500 439 432 5-3 3-5 5-1 7-5
NY Giants 7 9 0 .438 294 383 4-4 3-5 3-3 6-6
Washington 3 13 0 .188 334 478 2-6 1-7 0-6 1-11
 
North Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Green Bay 8 7 1 .531 417 428 4-3-1 4-4 3-2-1 6-5-1
Chicago 8 8 0 .500 445 478 5-3 3-5 2-4 4-8
Detroit 7 9 0 .438 395 376 4-4 3-5 4-2 6-6
Minnesota 5 10 1 .344 391 480 5-3 0-7-1 2-3-1 4-7-1
 
South Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Carolina 12 4 0 .750 366 241 7-1 5-3 5-1 9-3
x-New Orleans 11 5 0 .688 414 304 8-0 3-5 5-1 9-3
Atlanta 4 12 0 .250 353 443 3-5 1-7 1-5 3-9
Tampa Bay 4 12 0 .250 288 389 3-5 1-7 1-5 2-10
 
West Division W L T Pct. PF PA Home Away Div Conf
y-Seattle 13 3 0 .813 417 231 7-1 6-2 4-2 10-2
x-San Francisco 12 4 0 .750 406 272 6-2 6-2 5-1 9-3
Arizona 10 6 0 .625 379 324 6-2 4-4 2-4 6-6
St. Louis 7 9 0 .438 348 364 5-3 2-6 1-5 4-8
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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CHI 86
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DUR 6
NOR 9
 
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BAL 3
TAM 0
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CHC 0
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NYM 5
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PHI 0
ATL 1
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NYY 2
CHC 0
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DET 2
CLE 3
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WAS 6
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SEA 2
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CWS 4
BOS 6
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HOU 4
KAN 6
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TOR 0
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ANA 5
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COL 2
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CHA 91
CHI 86
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ORL 86
IND 101
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MIL 103
ATL 111
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CLE 114
BRK 85
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MEM 106
DAL 105
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OKC 112
DET 111
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NOP 105
HOU 100
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SAN 100
LAL 113
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MIA 87
PHI 100
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NYK 95
TOR 92
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MIN 130
UTA 136
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BOS 102
WAS 118
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DEN 112
GSW 116
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POR 110
LAC 104
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PHO 104
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MON 5
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PIT 4
CLB 3
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DAL 3
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NOR 9
 
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