Roddy White’s 45-yard TD catch from Matt Ryan gave Atlanta a 13-10 lead with 7:57 left in the third quarter. The Browns, forced to play a gimpy Jake Delhomme after Seneca Wallace left with an ankle sprain, couldn’t generate much offense, and in the end fell after a great play by Falcons DL Kory Biermann.
The Montana native batted a Delhomme pass in the air, and made a diving pick on a 3rd down play with about 4 minutes to play. Biermann alertly got up, and raced towards the end zone, scoring to put the Falcons up for good 20-10.
Michael Turner kept the Browns offense off the field for the most part, rushing for 140 yards, including a season-long 55-yarder in the second. Ryan was 16-for-28 for 187 yards and the TD to White with a passer rating of 89.4.
The Browns offense is a mess. Peyton Hillis made a niffty 19-yard TD catch to put them up 7-3 in the second quarter, but was held in check for the most part, rushing for just 28 yards on 10 carries. The Browns had just 48 yards on 20 carries.
Wallace was hurt when he was run over on a sack by John Abraham, who abused Joe Thomas all day. Wallace was throwing well, going 11-for-15 for 139 yards and a score. “I felt like everything was clicking, we were hitting on all cylinders offensively in the first half, and then something like that happens and you get frustrated,” Wallace said.
Delhomme, who was very rusty couldn’t move very well, and was 13-for-23 for 97 yards with two picks.
Delhomme admitted after the game he is going to have to wait to see how his ankle feels tomorrow, but from all accounts, it’s either him next week in Pittsburgh, or the team is going to have to either put the ball in the hands of Colt McCoy or another veteran.
The 1-4 Browns will look to regroup as they play their rivals and returning QB Ben Roethlisberger next Sunday at 1pm.