The Cleveland Browns found out how difficult it is to win on the road after they let a 10-point fourth-quarter lead slip away before finally losing to the Arizona Cardinal 20-17 in overtime.
The Browns defense did a nice job of slowing down the Arizona offense most of the day, only giving up a late second-quarter touchdown to the Cardinals through three quarters. After quarterback Seneca Wallace connected with receiver Greg Little for a 76-yard touchdown strike late in the third quarter, the Browns appeared to be in control of the game if they could just avoid any big mistakes.
But that wasn't the case once the game tightened up in the fourth quarter. On Arizona's first possession in the fourth, the Cardinals put together an impressive drive as quarterback John Skelton connected on a few big pass plays to move the ball 86 yards down to the one-yard line where running back Beanie Wells would punch it in to bring Arizona within a field goal with over eight minutes to play.
Then the mistake kicked in for Cleveland. Rush linebacker O'Brien Schofield went wild getting to Wallace for sacks on two plays in a row inside the Browns' 20-yard line. On the second sack, replay confirmed Wallace fumbled the ball and Arizona recovered in the red zone at the 14-yard line.
The Browns defense stiffened up thanks to a first-down sack by Jabaal Sheard which helped force the Cardinals to settle for a Jay Feely field goal.
Both teams were stuck with poor field position to begin their remaining drives which kept either team from a serisou chance to score for the rest of the game. Cleveland had the ball first in overtime but could only muster one first down before punting to Arizona.
Return man Patrick Peterson took the punt 32 yards giving Arizona the ball in Cleveland territory, but instead of easing their way into field goal range, Skelton hit Larry Fitzgerald for a 32-yard reception to put the ball on the four-yard line. From there Feely punched in the game-winning 22-yard field goal.