Browns own three-point halftime lead

Browns take a three-point halftime lead after a 21-yard field goal by Phil Dawson as time expired. Cincinnati rallied from a 10-0 deficit thanks, in part, to a 78-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer to Terrell Owens.

CLEVELAND—We've seen this story before.

The Browns jump out to a lead and then the opponent comes storming back.

So far, against the Bengals, that's been the story.

The Browns jumped out to 10-0 lead after Seneca Wallace hit Evan Moore for a 24-yard touchdown with 11:04 to play in the second quarter.

The Bengals then scored on two-straight possessions to tie the score at 10-10. The Bengals had a chance to take the lead with 1:31 to play in the first half, but Scott Fujita blocked a 43-yard field goal attempt by Mike Nugent. It was Nugent's first miss of the season.

However, after the blocked kick, the Browns moved down to the Bengals' 13 and Phil Dawson kicked a 31-yard field goal as time expired to give the Browns a 13-10 lead.

On the first play, Wallace hit Stuckey for nine yards to the 43. Three plays later, Wallace hit Ben Watson for 21 yards over the middle to the Bengals' 32. A personal foul was called on Chinedum Ndukwe that moved the ball to the 17. The Browns were unable to get any closer than the 13 and kicked the field goal as time expired. The Browns went 53 yards in eight plays to set up the score.

The Browns scored first as Dawson hit a 30-yard field goal with 2:28 to play in the first quarter after a fumble by Carson Palmer gave the Browns the ball on the Browns' 48.

On the Bengals' second possession, Palmer and Cedric Benson fumbled the exchange and Kenyon Coleman recovered at the 48 with 5:48 to play in the first quarter.

Wallace hit Watson for 11 yards on first down to the Bengals' 41. A 9-yard pass to Chansi Stuckey on third-and-8 gave the Browns a first down on the 30. On the next play, Wallace hit Stuckey for 14 yards to the 16.

Wallace hit Watson in the end zone, but the officials ruled he lost control of the ball. The Browns challenged, but the play was not overturned. The Browns were not able to get any closer than the 13 and Dawson hit the field goal. The Browns had the ball 3:20 as they covered the 39 yards in nine plays.

The Browns extended their lead to 10-0 with 11:04 as Wallace hit Evan Moore for a 24-yard touchdown as he reached high to beat former Brown Chris Crocker. The Browns started at their 13 and a 15-yard pass to Josh Cribbs got the ball to the 44. On the next play, Wallace hit Stuckey for 16 yards to the Bengals' 40. Stuckey fumbled the ball by a hustling Floyd Womack jumped on the ball for the Browns.

Peyton Hillis ran over the left side for 12 yards to the 28. After a four-yard run by Hillis, Wallace found Moore. The Browns went eight plays and 87 yards on the drive.

The Bengals answered the Browns touchdown with a field goal as Mike Nugent hit a 24-yard field goal with 7:16 to play in the second quarter to make it 10-3. The Bengals had their longest drive of the game going 61 yards in eight plays. Palmer hit Chad Ochocinco for 42 yards on the first play from scrimmage to the Browns' 25 as Ochocinco beat Eric Wright. Palmer hit Terrell Owens for eight yards to the 13 and after two runs by Bernard Scott the Bengals were at the six facing third-and-3. Palmer tried to hit Owens near the goal line, but Wright dove in front of Owens and knocked the ball away forcing the field goal.

The Bengals came back and tied the game at 10-10 as Palmer hit Owens for a 78-yard touchdown as Owens got behind Sheldon Brown. After forcing the Browns to punt on their next possession, the Bengals took over on their 25. On the second play after a holding penalty, Palmer hit a streaking Owens for the score with 3:30 to play in the half. It was the longest touchdown pass of Palmer's career.

After the touchdown, Wallace tried to hit Stuckey but it went off his hands and Leon Hall intercepted it and the Bengals had the ball at their own 45.


Wallace for Three: QB Seneca Wallace made his third-straight start for the Brown s in place of QB Jake Delhomme, who was the third quarterback. Delhomme was suited up for the game, where he hasn't been in uniform in the previous two games. He threw a touchdown pass to TE Evan Moore and had an interception.

Three DL Play: All three starting defensive lineman were active for the Browns after being doubtful until Friday. Robaire Smith and Kenyon Coleman started and Shaun Rogers came in for Ahtyba Rubin, who started in Rogers' place.

Coleman Recovery: After being doubtful most of the week, DL Kenyon Coleman recovered a fumble by RB Cedric Benson on the Browns' 48. Coleman had a sack on the next series.

Confusion: On third-and-2 on the Bengals first series, the Browns defense called time out when one of the Bengal receivers was unguarded.

Pashos Starts: OL Tony Pashos made his first start for the Browns at right tackle with OL John St. Clair inactive with an ankle injury. Pashos entered early in last week's game with the Ravens when St. Clair was injured.

Inactives: For the Browns, OL Shawn Lauvao, TE Alex Smith, WR Brian Robiskie, OL John St. Clair, RB James Davis and DB Derrick Roberson and QB Jake Delhomme is the third quarterback. For the Bengals: CB Brandon Ghee, HB Cedric Peerman C Reggie Stephens, DE Jonathan Fanene, OT Anthony Collins, WR Jerome Simpson and DE Carlos Dunlap. Dan LeFevour was the third quarterback

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