Jake the Mistake strikes again

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:57 PM ET

There is no quit in Cleveland’s Jake (The Mistake) Delhomme.

No matter how well he may have been playing in the first half of Sunday’s game, you knew it was just a matter of time before the veteran quarterback would screw things up, start throwing to the guys in the wrong-coloured jerseys and turn what once looked like a walk in the park for the Browns into a nail-biter.

The 1-10 Carolina Panthers are not a team that knows how to mount anything resembling a rally but thanks to Delhomme finding his interception form in the third quarter, he breathed life into the corpse of his former team.

Delhomme, making just his second start of the season and his first since the opening week of the season, opened up like Joe Montana as he completed his first five passes on an opening drive that ended with a TD run by Peyton Hillis.

At the half, when the Browns held a 21-13 lead on three TD runs by Hillis, Delhomme was 12-for-18 for 149 yards and it looked as if his uncanny knack of thowing interceptions would not make an appearance.

But then came the third quarter and more ammunition for all the Delhomme haters in Cleveland.

In the third quarter his first two pass attempts ended up in Carolina hands, the second one returned 37 yards for a touchdown and just like that, a game that the Browns seemed to have in hand was a tense, taut affair.

The Panthers seemed to be poised to win their second game of the season when on the final play of the game, field goal kicker John Kasay had a shot at winning it from 42 yards out.

Kasay’s kick, though, grazed the outside of the left upright giving Delhomme and the Browns the victory.

It just never should have come down to that.


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