The difference in the first half is the Browns moved to the Bills' one- and eight-yard line, but were only able to get field goals while the Bills were able to get a touchdown and lead 10-6 at the half.
The Browns took a 3-0 lead with 10:11 to play in the first quarter as Phil Dawson kicked a 19-yard field goal on the Browns' opening possession. After Mike Bell fielded a short kickoff and returned it to the 46, it became the Peyton Hillis show. Hillis carried seven times for 49 yards on the drive before stalling at the Bills' one and settling for the field goal. The only play of the drive that Hillis didn't touch the ball was on a five-yard run by Bell after Hillis got a breather after a 25-yard run by Hillis.
On the drive, Hillis went over the 1,000-yard mark. It was the first time a white running back went over 1,000 yards since Craig James did so with the Patriots in 1985. Hillis is just the third Browns back to hit the mark since 1985. The other two were Reuben Droughns (1,232 in 2005) and Jamal Lewis (1,304 and 1,002 in 2007 and 2008), who did it twice.
The Bills took the lead at 7-3 as Ryan Fitzpatrick hit David Nelson for an 11-yard touchdown with 9:28 to play in the first half. Fitzpatrick hit Donald Jones for a first down on third-and-two. Then, Fitzpatrick had back-to-back runs of 13- and 12-yards to move the ball into Browns' territory. Fitzpatrick hit Stevie Johnson on for eight yards to the 22. On third-and-six from the 11, Nelson made a diving catch behind Mike Adams and T.J. Ward for the score. The Bills went 89 yards on 14 plays spanning 8:14.
After the Bills' touchdown, Dawson kicked his second field goal of the game from 25 yards out with 3:52 to play in the first half to make it 7-6. The Browns once again stalled inside the 10 and had to settle for a field goal. Jake Delhomme hit Mohamed Massaquoi for 35 yards to the Bill's 42 to jump start the drive and then a 15-yard pass to Brian Robiskie moved the ball to the 24. The Browns went 73 yards in 11 plays and 5:36 for the score.
However, after an eight-yard run by Hillis and a four-yard pass to Massaquoi, Delhomme's third down pass into the end zone sailed incomplete, the Browns kicked the field goal.
Buffalo extended their lead to 10-6 at the half with a 30-yard field goal by Rian Lindell. After the Browns kicked their second field goal, the Bills moved quickly as Fitzpatrick hit Johnathan Stupar on a short pass, but Ward missed the tackle and Stupar went 35 yards down the sideline to the Browns' 41. On the next play, Fitzpatrick scrambled 18 yards to the 23. After an offsides penalty on Marcus Benard, Benard came back and sacked Fitzpatrick. A third down incomplete pass forced the field goal. The Bills went 63 yards in nine plays for the score.
1000 yard Peyton: RB Peyton Hillis entered the game needing just 38 yards to hit the 1,000 yard mark on the season. He hit the mark on the first drive as he picked up 49 yards on seven carries. He fumbled on his first carry of the second drive after a fumble recovery by CB Eric Wright. He had 72 yards on 12 carries.
Jake's Half: QB Jake Delhomme was 6-of-9 for 58 yards in the first half with no touchdowns or interceptions. QB Seneca Wallace did come in on two plays on running plays.
Mo Time: WR Mohamed Massaquoi had two catches for 38 yards in the first half.
Sack Men: LB Chris Gocong sacked QB Ryan Fitzpatrick for a 10-yard loss and stripped Fitzpatrick of the ball, which CB Eric Wright recovered at the Bills' 25. LB Marcus Benard had a sack near the end of the first half for the Browns' second of the game. Gocong led the Browns with six tackles, followed by DB Sheldon Brown with five and DL Ahtyba Rubin with five.
Haden's Play: CB Joe Haden broke up a pass intended for WR Stevie Johnson on fourth-and-2 on the Browns' 36. Haden entered the game with an interception in the past four games.