An amazing second half 49'er comeback was stifled by a late game interception as the 49'ers were on a game winning drive.
After benching Steve Spurrier in the second half, 49'er coach Dick Nolan relied on John Brodie to spark the offense. Down 28-7 at halftime things looked grim.
Cleveland had no answer however for the adjustments the opponent made in the second half and would score no more points.
In the second half the 49'ers shut out Cleveland and put up 19 unanswered points to almost come back and win. A controversial 2 point attempt earlier in the game was the difference as San Francisco dominated time of possession and the running game but careless passes by Spurrier in the first half put them too far behind. The game was punctuated with a Nunley 15 yard fumble recovery that put the 49'ers within 2 with about 2 minutes left. Driving downfield Brodie was almost within field goal range but threw a last second interception.
The 49'ers go into week 3 at 0-2 and the surprising Browns are 2-0 and leading their division.
"We did everything we were supposed to do in this one but protect the ball. I haven't made a decision on next week's starter yet. I was impressed with the running of Cunningham." said San Francisco head coach Dick Nolan.