CLEVELAND (AP) -- With almost certain victory one short kick and two minutes away, the Cleveland Browns lost -- in a snap.
Phil Dawson's 22-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left following a bounced snap from center with just over two minutes left, giving the St. Louis Rams a 13-12 win over the bungling Browns, who again failed to score a touchdown at home and couldn't count on their steady kicker to bail them out.
Dawson made four field goals in blustery conditions, but his attempt with 2:09 fluttered left of the upright, capping a series of late gaffes by the Browns (3-6), who were booed by their fans as they left the field.
Long snapper Ryan Pontbriand's snap appeared to hit the right leg of Browns Pro Bowl center Alex Mack, who lines up at left guard for field-goal attempts. The ball skipped back to holder Brad Maynard, who did a great job of placing it for Dawson. However, the 13-year veteran's timing was thrown off and Dawson missed the chip shot.
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