Wallace provided a spark, but Hillis jump started the offense from the start of the game as he ran for 18 yards on the first play. He had another run on the drive for 12 yards and scored a touchdown from the one-yard on the opening possession to give the Browns a 7-0 lead. Hillis had 35 yards on the first drive. He finished with 26 carries for 99 yards. He also caught a pass for nine yards.
Hillis was not on the injury report for the first time since the earliest part of the season. The Browns were also able to use the formula that they had success with in 2010 in using Hillis to set up the passing game.
Meanwhile, Wallace made his first start of the season for Colt McCoy, who was at home with a concussion suffered against the Steelers. Wallace was 2-of-2 for 41 yards on the first drive. He hit Mohamed Massaquoi for 29 yards to the Cardinals' four to set up Hillis' touchdown.
Hillis shouldered much of the load in the first half with 15 carries for 69 yards, including the score.
Wallace finished 18-of-31 for 226 yards and a 91.6 rating. Wallace fumbled inside the Browns' 10 on a sack which allowed the Cardinals to get back in the game. He also ran three times for 21 yards.
However, in the end, the defense couldn't hold a 17-7 lead and the Browns dropped to 4-10 in overtime, 20-17. It was the fifth-straight win for the Cardinals.
Browns Win OT Toss: After being coin tossed challenged all season, the Browns won the toss in overtime and received the ball. However, the Browns were unable to do anything with it and lost after punting to the Cardinals.
Little Big: The Browns had been waiting for it all season. It came with 3:01 to play in the third quarter as Greg Little caught a sideline pass from Seneca Wallace, broke a tackle and went 76 yards for a touchdown to give the Browns a 17-7 lead. Little caught the pass after Wallace scrambled out of the pocket and picked up 48 yards after the catch as he broke a tackle by linebacker Daryl Washington along the sideline and raced untouched for his second NFL touchdown. Little was touted as a player who could break tackles and get big yards after the catch. He finished with 5 catches for 131 yards, including a touchdown.
Fast Start: The Browns took the opening kickoff and marched 76 yards in just 7 plays for a touchdown as RB Peyton Hillis went over from the one-yard line. Hillis had five carries for 35 yards and a touchdown on the first drive, including an 18-yard burst on the game's first play. He also had a 12-yard, as well. QB Seneca Wallace hit WR Greg Little for 12 yards and a 29-yard pass to WR Mohamed Massaquoi to the four-yard line.
Seneca's Debut: QB Seneca Wallace made his first start of the season for the injured QB Colt McCoy (concussion). He was 2-of-2 for 41 yards on the first possession leading the Browns to a touchdown on their opening possession. Wallace led the Browns on two scoring drives in the first half. He threw a touchdown pass to WR Greg Little in the second half.
Wallace was sacked twice in the fourth quarter inside the Browns' 10 and he fumbled to set up the field goal that tied the game at 17-17.
Return of Peyton: After a difficult season thus far, RB Peyton Hillis started with runs of 18- and 12-yards. He had five carries for 35 yards on the first drive, including a one-yard touchdown. Hillis had nine carries for 51 yards in the first quarter. Hillis had 15 carries for 69 yards in the first half.
Hurry Up: After holding the Cardinals scoreless for the first 28 minutes of the first half, the Browns allowed the Cardinals to score with 19 seconds to play to make it 10-7 as the Cardinals moved 65 yards in 1:30 for the score.
Jordan's Grabs: WR Jordan Norwood had three receptions for 21 yards to lead the Browns in the first half. WR Mohamed Massaquoi had just one catch for 29 yards, but it set up the first touchdown.
Sheard Attack: Rookie DL Jabaal Sheard sacked QB John Skelton twice to give him a team leading 7.5 sacks. LB Chris Gocong sacked Skelton twice n the second half. Gocong has 3.5 sacks.
Phil's Day: K Phil Dawson kicked a 44-yard field goal to give the Browns a 10-0 lead in the second quarter.
Nothing to do with Patrick: The Browns tried to punt away from the Patrick Peterson all day, but in overtime, Peterson returned the punt 32 yards into Browns' territory to set up the game winning field goal attempt. P Brad Maynard punted out of bounds, rather than allow Peterson to return a punt in the regulation. Peterson had returned three punts for touchdowns this season as a rookie thus far.
Cribbs Return: WR/KR Josh Cribbs had a 26-yard punt return into Cardinals territory in the first quarter, but the Browns were unable to take advantage of the field position.