Browns ring in home opener

Browns overcome two early turnovers to take a 14-10 lead at halftime against the Kansas City Chiefs.

CLEVELAND—It could've been better, but it could've been worse.

The Browns survived two first half turnovers, but picked up two of their own as they took a 14-10 lead at the half with the Chiefs.

Seneca Wallace starting for the injured Jake Delhomme was 11-of-21 for 187 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Wallace hit Josh Cribbs on a 65-yard strike in the second quarter. He also had completions of 23-yards to Jerome Harrison and 44-yards to Ben Watson.

Wallace threw a pass to Chansi Stuckey, but Brandon Flowers stepped in front of the pass and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown to give the Chiefs a 10-7 lead.

The Chiefs scored first as Ryan Succop converted a 35-yard field goal with 8:43 to play in the first quarter to take a 3-0 lead. Jerome Harrison fumbled on the Browns' 22 on the Browns' second possession and Harrison's second carry of the game. The Chiefs' Mike Vrabel recovered to set up the score.

The Browns got on the scoreboard with 12:31 to play as Peyton Hillis went over from the one-yard line to make it 7-3. The Browns went 98 yards in 10 plays, taking 5:06 off the clock.

After a few trading of punts, the Browns received the ball after a punt on their six, but Blake Constanzo was flagged for unnecessary roughness and the Browns started at the three.

Hillis ran up the middle for 10 and then Seneca Wallace hit Mohamed Massaquoi for nine yards and a first down to the 25. Wallace threw a short pass to Harrison, who broke loose for 23 yards to the 48. Two plays later, Wallace found Watson across the middle for 44 yards to the Chiefs' nine. Watson had four receptions for 62 yards in the first half.

On first down, Wallace threw to Josh Cribbs for no gain and then Harrison went around left end for four yards to the five. On third-and-goal, Wallace was stopped for a short gain, but Vrabel was called for holding and the Browns received a first down on the two.

Hillis ran for one-yard on first down, and then went in on his second effort on second down with 12:31 to play to make it 7-3. Hillis had six carries for 24 yards, including the touchdown and one reception for 11 yards.

The Chiefs took the lead as Brandon Flowers stepped in front of Chansi Stuckey and returned an interception 33 yards to give the Chiefs a 10-7 lead with 10:02 to play in the first half.

The Browns regained the lead at 14-10 just 1:19 later as Wallace hit a streaking Cribbs on the Chiefs' 28 and he raced into the end zone to complete the 65-yard touchdown behind Brandon Carr. The Browns went 74 yards in just three plays for the score.


Seneca's Start: QB Seneca Wallace became the 15th different quarterback to start for the Browns since the team returned to the NFL in 1999. Wallace's first two passes were dropped, one by TE Evan Moore and one by WR Chansi Stuckey on third down. Wallace's first completion was to TE Ben Watson for no gain. Wallace led the Browns on a 98-yard touchdown drive hitting RB Jerome Harrison for 23 yards and TE Ben Watson for 44 yards. Wallace was 11-of-21 for 187 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

For Openers: The Browns came into the game 1-10 in home openers. This was the first season since 1999 they did not open the season at home. Their last home opening win was in 2004 against the Ravens.

Fumblemania: The Browns continued early on in their propensity to put the ball on the ground. RB Jerome Harrison with 9:19 to play on the Browns' 22 and LB Mike Vrabel recovered. It was Harrison's second carry of the game. The Browns lost two fumbles in the season opening loss to the Bucs last week.

Sheldon's Pick: CB Sheldon Brown went high in the air to intercept a pass from QB Matt Cassel intended for WR Chris Chambers in the second quarter on a deep pass.

Rubin's Pick: NT Ahytba Rubin had an interception prior to the end of the first half when LB Matt Roth tipped a pass and Rubin dove and caught it. However, the Browns were unable to capitalize as K Phil Dawson was wide left on a 42-yard field goal. Rubin had four tackles in the first half.

Cribbs Half: WR Josh Cribbs had two catches for 65 yards including a 65-yard touchdown.

Jerome's Day: RB Jerome Harrison had more carries in the first half than last week as he had 11 carries for 28 yards. He caught two passes for 28 yards.

Marcus the Sack Man: LB Marcus Benard picked up the first sack for the Browns in the first half to give him 2 ½ in two games. He has six sacks in eight NFL games played.

Maiava, Smith Injured: LB Kaluka Maiava injured his leg in the second quarter and his return was questionable. DL Robaire Smith injured his leg with 4:30 left in the second quarter.

Ring of Honor: The Browns honored their 16 Hall of Famers by inducting them into the team's inaugural Ring of Honor. The players names were unveiled from the third deck of the stadium at halftime of the game. Leroy Kelly, Paul Warfield, Joe Delamielleure and Bobby Mitchell were present. Families were in attendance to represent all of the players, with the exception of Jim Brown, who was not in attendance.

Inactives: For the Browns: QB Jake Delhomme, WR Carlton Mitchell, DB Derrick Roberson, LB D'Qwell Jackson, OL Steve Vallos, OL Shawn Lauvao, DL Derrick Robinson and TE Alex Smith. QB Seneca Wallace started in place of Delhomme and QB Colt McCoy is the backup.

For the Chiefs: CB Jackie Bates, FB Mike Cox, S Jon McGraw, LB Charlie Anderson, LB Justin Cole, T yan O'Callaghan, TE Jake O'Connell and DE Tyson Jackson. RT Barry Richardson started for O'Callaghan. Former Browns DL Shaun Smith started for Jackson and Kendrick Lewis started for McGraw

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