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By Mike Wilkening

Here are postgame observations of Falcons-Browns from a Cleveland perspective:

Final score: Falcons 20, Browns 10

Positives: The Browns' secondary, criticized for its play in the last two weeks, limited Falcons QB Matt Ryan to 187 yards passing. The only pass play it allowed longer than 20 yards was when WR Roddy White beat CB Sheldon Brown for a 45-yard TD. ... WR Mohamed Massaquoi, who had two catches in his last three games, caught 5-55-0 and was targeted six times. ... RB Peyton Hillis had a very nice 19-yard TD on a tough catch on a route out of the backfield. ... RS Josh Cribbs had a 34-yard kickoff return that put Cleveland on its 44-yard line and in good field position, and the Browns capitalized with a sharp five-play, 56-yard drive ending in Hillis' TD. ... OLB Scott Fujita continues to play well and had a sack and a forced fumble that led to a field goal. ... Rookie S T.J. Ward continues to impress on special teams as well as defense, blocking a field goal.  

Negatives: QB Seneca Wallace suffered an ankle injury late in the second quarter and was relieved by Jake Delhomme, whom the Browns didn't start because of his own ankle injury. Delhomme threw the ball relatively well but was intercepted twice. "With Seneca (Wallace) going down and Jake (Delhomme) going in, I thought Jake did well for him being limited, in terms of what we could do," Browns head coach Eric Mangini said of Delhomme's effort in relief. "He's made progress, but it's still a pretty limited package." All told, Delhomme completed 13-of-23 passes for 97 yards. ... The Browns' running game sputtered, with Cleveland rushing for just 48 yards. Hillis, who missed practice time Thursday and Friday with a quad injury, rushed for just 28 yards on 10 carries and was bothered by the injury, he said after the game. ... OLT Joe Thomas surrendered two sacks to Falcons DE John Abraham.   

Outlook: The Browns enter next week's game at Pittsburgh with two quarterbacks battling ankle injuries and having taken a step back in this loss. 

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