ST. LOUIS — The Cleveland Browns won for the first time on the road. The St. Louis Rams still haven't won at all.
Derek Anderson threw three touchdown passes, two to Braylon Edwards, and the Browns erased an early 14-point deficit in a 27-20 victory over the winless and injury-riddled St. Louis Rams on Sunday.
The Browns' defense contributed two big plays in the final two minutes. Safety Sean Jones stopped Brian Leonard for no gain on 4th-and-1 from the 16 and Leigh Bodden picked off Marc Bulger at the Cleveland 28 with 38 seconds left.
The long-struggling Browns (4-3) matched their win total from last season and have won consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 5 and 6 of the 2003 season, a span of 64 games.
Steven Jackson's return from a groin injury briefly energized the Rams (0-8), who scored on their first two possessions, but he was left again due to lower back tightness in the second quarter.
Bulger threw his first touchdown pass since Week 2 but missed time with a sprained right thumb in the second half and fell short on a pair of late chances to force overtime.
Torry Holt had six catches for 110 yards and a touchdown for the Rams, whose start is a franchise worst by two losses.
They lost another lineman when guard Richie Incognito sprained his right knee in the first quarter, crippling their running game. They began the game with only one opening-day starter, tackle Alex Barron.
The game was the second of four home games to far to be blacked out locally because it didn't sell out.
Edwards matched his career best with eight catches for 117 yards, his seventh career 100-yard game, although he dropped an easy grab for a first down with 1:37 to go that would have enabled the Browns to run out the clock.
Edwards scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 5-yard catch in the third quarter that put the Browns ahead 24-17. The Browns drove 80 yards on the opening possession of the second half, during which they overcame four penalties for 25 yards and converted three third downs.
Joe Jurevicius had the big catch of the drive, a 24-yarder on third-and-17 to the St. Louis 45. Jurevicius had a season-high five receptions for 76 yards.
After totaling nine points with no touchdowns the previous two weeks, the Rams came out firing and reached the end zone on their first two drives against the porous Cleveland defense. Holt beat Bodden on a fly pattern for a 38-yard gain on the game's first play.
Jackson had four carries for 31 yards on the opening possession capped by his first score of the year on a 2-yard run. Holt's 1-yard catch in the back of the end zone made it 14-0 with about five minutes to go in the first quarter.
Then the Browns found their footing, taking the lead on a pair of touchdown passes by Anderson to Edwards and Kellen Winslow, before the Rams tied it at 17 on Jeff Wilkins' 40-yard field goal with 4 seconds left in the half.