Green's catch sends Bengals over Browns 23-20

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- A.J. Green made a leaping catch for a 51-yard gain in the final minute Sunday, setting up a field goal that rallied the Cincinnati Bengals to a 23-20 victory over the self-destructive Cleveland Browns.

The surprising Bengals (7-4) stayed right behind Baltimore and Pittsburgh in the AFC North with another second-half comeback forged by their rookie big-play combination.

Andy Dalton threw a high down-the-middle pass that Green went way above the defenders to grab. Green was run out of bounds at the 2, and the Browns (4-7) forced Cincinnati to settle for Mike Nugent's 26-yard field goal with 38 seconds left -- the Bengals' first lead of the game.

For the second time in three games, a botched snap cost Cleveland a chance to take a late lead. Phil Dawson was short on a 55-yard try with 1:51 left after the snap skipped along the ground, giving Cincinnati its last chance.