Sunday, December 18, 2011
Wrap-up: Cardinals 20, Browns 17, OT
By Jamison Hensley
Thoughts on the Cleveland Browns' overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals:
What it means: Different quarterback, same result for Cleveland. In Seneca Wallace's first start at quarterback this season, the Browns (4-10) suffered a fourth-quarter meltdown, losing in overtime after leading by 10 points with 8 1/2 minutes left in the game. It marked Cleveland's seventh loss in eight games and its fourth straight. This also secured the Browns' fourth straight season with double-digit defeats.
Fourth-quarter collapse: Holding a 17-7 lead in the fourth quarter, the Browns let the Cardinals score the final 17 points. On the series after Beanie Wells scored a 1-yard touchdown, Wallace was sacked twice, fumbling deep in Cleveland territory on the last one. Jay Feely's 33-yard field goal tied the game in regulation and his 22-yarder in overtime won it.
Wallace fades: In starting for the injured Colt McCoy (concussion), Seneca Wallace started strong, completing 13 of 20 passes for 179 yards in the first three quarters. His 76-yard touchdown to Greg Little put the Browns up 17-7 -- their biggest lead since Week 2 against the Colts. But Wallace struggled in the fourth quarter and overtime, going 5-of-11 for 47 yards and committing a costly fumble.
Running strong: Peyton Hillis, who wasn't on the injury report this week, showed what he could do when healthy. He gained 99 yards on 26 carries and scored his first touchdown since Sept. 18 at Indianapolis. Hillis set the tone early with 35 rushing yards on the opening series that ended with his touchdown, a rare fast start for the Browns this season.
What's next: The Browns play at Baltimore on Dec. 24, their final road game of the regular season.