NFL Game Summary - Cincinnati at Cleveland
(Sunday, October 3rd)
Final Score: Cleveland 23, Cincinnati 20
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Seneca Wallace was efficient in throwing for
184 yards and a touchdown, as the Cleveland Browns recorded their first win of
the 2010 season with a 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Wallace completed 18-of-30 passes and was picked off once in his third
straight start for the Browns (1-3), who had lost their first three games by a
combined 12 points. Peyton Hillis carried the ball 27 times for 102 yards and
a score, while Ben Watson caught six passes for 60 yards.
The Browns, who were mired in a 1-9 skid against divisional opponents, snapped
the Bengals' eight-game win streak versus the AFC North.
"I think we played a complete game, all around," Wallace said. "We had one
turnover on offense, but our defense played well throughout the whole game,
special teams. We didn't have that many penalties, and we got a lot of calls
to go our way and you need that sometimes."
Carson Palmer threw for 371 yards and two scores on 25-of-36 efficiency for
the Bengals (2-2), who had won their previous two contests. Terrell Owens was
the primary receiver for Palmer on the day, catching 10 balls for 222 yards
and a touchdown.
It was the second-highest single-game yardage total for Owens and the third
200-yard game of his career.
The Bengals scored on two consecutive possessions to climb to within three
points of Cleveland and regained the ball with 9 1/2 minutes remaining.
The first play of the drive, which started from the Cincinnati 14, went for 14
yards, and Cedric Benson followed with a 12-yard run to gain the 40-yard line.
On 3rd-and-5 from the 45, Palmer hit Owens for seven yards and a first down
Benson rumbled for another 10 yards into Cleveland territory before an
offensive pass interference penalty on Chad Ochocinco put the Bengals in a
3rd-and-13 from the Browns' 41. Palmer was sacked while on the move on the
next play, forcing Cincinnati to punt with just under five minutes to go.
After throwing an incompletion on the first play of the ensuing series, the
Browns turned to Hillis six consecutive times. His final run went for 24
yards, which allowed the hosts to kneel the ball three times to run out the
remainder of the clock.
"Too many mistakes at timely times. We had the fumble early that killed us on
a drive, we were moving the football. And to have the other fumble, both of
them are tough," said Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth. "But there at the end
we had a chance to win it, we just didn't come up with enough plays."
The Bengals fumbled the ball away on their second possession, giving the
Browns good field position near midfield. A nine-play, 39-yard drive ensued,
and Phil Dawson put Cleveland on top with a 30-yard field goal.
The Browns' defense forced a Cincinnati punt, and Cleveland put together an
impressive eight-play series that went 87 yards for a score. Wallace completed
two consecutive passes to Josh Cribbs and Chansi Stuckey for 15 and 17 yards,
respectively, to gain the Bengals' 28. Two plays later, Wallace found Evan
Moore up the middle for a 24-yard touchdown and 10-0 lead with 11 minutes
Cincinnati had a quick response, using a 42-yard pass completion to Ochocinco
to put Mike Nugent in position for a 24-yard field goal and 10-3 contest.
After a Browns punt, the Bengals tied the game with one big play.
Facing 2nd-and-13 from the Cincinnati 22, Palmer found a streaking Owens down
the left sideline. Having beaten cornerback Sheldon Brown, Owens caught the
ball in stride and raced 78 yards for the touchdown, tying the game at 10.
The Bengals sought to take their first lead with 1 1/2 minutes until halftime,
but Scott Fujita came up with a key block on a Nugent field goal attempt,
leading to Dawson's 31-yard field goal on the last play of the half to give
the hosts a 13-10 advantage.
Cleveland received the second half's opening kickoff and moved the ball 64
yards in 11 plays. A defensive pass interference helped keep the drive moving
on 3rd-and-6 from the Browns' 40, and Wallace converted another third down
with an eight-yard pass to Stucki to gain the red zone. From the one-yard
line, Hillis punched it in for a 20-10 lead.
Palmer fumbled the ball away on Cincinnati's next possession, giving Cleveland
the ball in the Bengals' red zone. The Browns' couldn't add a touchdown, but
Dawson's 22-yard field goal extended the lead with 6 1/2 minutes left in the
Nugent's 25-yard field goal just before the end of the third quarter got the
Bengals to within 10, and Brian Leonard caught a three-yard touchdown pass
with just under 11 minutes left to make it a three-point game.
Owens' top game was a 20-reception, 283-yard game with the 49ers in 2000. He
last garnered over 200 yards with Dallas on November 23, 2008, when he caught
seven passes for 213 yards...Owens passed Issac Bruce for second on the
all-time receiving yardage list with 15,325...Hillis has a rushing
touchdown in four consecutive games...Bengals receiver Jordan Shipley left
the game in the third quarter with a concussion...The Browns have led in the
second half of each game this season...The Bengals still lead the all-time
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