CLEVELAND – The Browns led Atlanta 7-6 at halftime, but lost quarterback Seneca Wallace on their final drive.
Wallace was sacked by John Abraham, who beat Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas around the edge for the second time. When Wallace got up, he did a speed-limp to the bench, putting no weight on his right leg. The injury looked to be to his ankle or shin, but no official announcement was made.
Jake Delhomme, who missed the last three games after suffering a high right ankle sprain in the opener, took over for the final play of the half. He isn’t 100 percent, but split the first-time practice repetitions with Wallace during the week.
The Browns kept the lead when rookie safety T.J. Ward blocked a 30-yard field goal by Matt Bryant with 1:42 left. Ward split two blockers.
The Browns took a 7-3 lead on a great catch by running back Peyton Hillis. The throw by Wallace was a little too long, so Hillis tipped it to himself with his left hand and grabbed the top nose of the ball with both hands to save the completion and the 19-yard touchdown.
Hillis was wide open coming out of the backfield as defensive end Kroy Biermann got stuck in coverage. However, Hillis was slow walking off the field, possibly reinjuring a thigh muscle he strained Thursday in practice. He sat out a drive, then played in the two-minute drill.
The Browns threw the ball five straight times on the touchdown drive, including a comeback to receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, an out to Chansi Stuckey and an out to tight end Benjamin Watson. Massaquoi missed a chance for a touchdown when he couldn’t drag his second foot in the back of the end zone.
The Falcons had their second double-digit scoring drive with a 14-play, 7:19 drive that ended with a 30-yard field goal by Bryant to make it 7-6.