After serving his punishment for violating the league's substance abuse policy, Gordon started for Cleveland and was targeted a game-high 16 times.
Georgia native Isaiah Crowell scored a pair of touchdowns for the Browns, but it was Gordon who had the biggest impact.
The Falcons (4-7) came in on a two-game winning streak and improbably tied for first with New Orleans in the woeful NFC South.
"I knew the guys weren't going to quit on me," Gordon said. "I definitely wasn't going to quit on them."
In the fourth quarter, the Browns had first-and-goal at the Atlanta 6 and a chance to make it a two-score game when Hoyer, after scrambling out of trouble, inexplicably threw it up for Gordon in the back of the end zone instead of just tossing it away. Desmond Trufant made a leaping interception to keep Cleveland's lead at 23-21.
Notes: Cundiff came up short on a 60-yarder at the end of the first half, and Devin Hester nearly took it back for an Atlanta touchdown. He went 75 yards before being dragged down at the Cleveland 31. ... Cleveland S Tashaun Gipson was taken off on a cart after injuring his right leg in a collision with teammate Joe Haden. Gipson will have an MRI on Monday.
"All we had to do was keep them from kicking that field goal," Falcons linebacker Paul Worrilow said. "You've got to make a play at that point."
With another fourth-quarter meltdown, Atlanta dropped to 0-7 against teams outside its division.
"How did I hold up? Pretty good," he said. "The adrenalin will keep you going."
Ryan also had an interception and a fumble on back-to-back possessions in the first half, leading to a pair of Cleveland field goals.
Fortunately for the Browns, Brian Hoyer was able to forget some costly mistakes.
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Crowell, who spent one troubled year at the University of Georgia before being kicked off the team, scored on runs of 11 and 26 yards.
Gordon turned in a huge performance in his first game of the season, catching eight passes for 120 yards, and Hoyer shook off three interceptions to lead a drive in the final minute that set up Billy Cundiff's 37-yard field goal as time expired Sunday, giving the Browns a 26-24 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
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Cundiff also hit from 33, 37, and 32 yards.
Turns out, they left too much time on the clock.
On third-and-2 at the Cleveland 35, Ryan's pass was batted down to stop the clock.
His longest catch was the last one, taking the Browns to the Atlanta 45. Hoyer followed with a 15-yard completion to tight end Gary Barnidge, who bounced off a couple of tacklers to pick up some extra yards. Austin's 11-yard reception gave Cundiff an easy look.
"Nothing to lose, really," Hoyer said. "Go out and play fearless. That's all I have at that point."
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Ryan threw for 273 yards and a pair of TDs, going to Julio Jones on a 24-yarder and Jacquizz Rodgers from 8 yards. Steven Jackson scored Atlanta's other TD on a 1-yard run, giving the Falcons a shot after the Browns dominated the third quarter for a 23-14 lead.
Hoyer, who was 23 of 40 for 322 yards, nearly gave it away for the Browns. The first of his picks turned the momentum in Atlanta's favor, leading to a touchdown that put the Falcons ahead 14-13 at halftime when it looked as though Cleveland might have a commanding lead.
"I'm so disappointed in myself right now," Hoyer said. "That's not how I play. I don't thr