CLEVELAND – The hobbled Browns weren’t able to win their second straight Sunday, falling 20-10 to the Atlanta Falcons (4-1) on a gorgeous day on the lakefront.
Seneca Wallace got the start at quarterback for Cleveland (1-3), but left before halftime with what was announced as an ankle injury and didn’t return. Jake Delhomme, who missed the last three games with a high ankle sprain, took over but clearly wasn’t 100 percent.
Running back Peyton Hillis tried to fight through a thigh injury but was limited. The Browns managed just 48 rushing yards for the game.
The Browns led 10-6 in the third quarter – Phil Dawson tied Lou Groza’s franchise field-goal record with No. 234 — but fell victim to a pair of huge plays.
Atlanta’s biggest play of the game on offense was a 45-yard touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Roddy White in the third quarter. White beat cornerback Sheldon Brown, who had just returned after leaving for a play with a shoulder injury, on a post for a 13-10 Atlanta lead.
The score remained the same until late in the fourth quarter.
With the Browns facing third-and-7 on their 47-yard line with about four minutes left, Delhomme saw fullback Lawrence Vickers open in the flat. But defensive end Kroy Biermann was unblocked after letting Vickers get into the pattern.
Biermann batted the pass into the air, dived to catch it, got up and rumbled