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Brian Hoyer guides Browns past Bengals, 17-6

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Brian Hoyer threw the game-clinching touchdown pass, turned, and sprinted up the field as more than 70,000 fans roared.

It was the same way he used to do it in his backyard as a boy, pretending to lead his beloved Browns to victory.

On Sunday, he became a hometown hero for real.

Hoyer, the local kid who grew up dreaming of one day being Cleveland’s quarterback, threw two touchdown passes in his first home start to lead the revived Browns to a 17-6 win over the Bengals on Sunday.

Hoyer tossed a 1-yard TD pass to Chris Ogbonnaya with 4:54 left to give the Browns (2-2) an 11-point lead before Cleveland turned it over to its vastly improved defense to put the Bengals (2-2) away.

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