CLEVELAND — Falcons defensive end John Abraham outplayed Cleveland left tackle Joe Thomas, a three-time Pro Bowler. Abraham had five tackles, two sacks, three tackles for losses and three quarterback hits.
Abraham had the option of rushing over tackle Tony Pashos, a less-heralded player, but took the more challenging route to the backfield.
“I felt more comfortable on the right side going against Joe Thomas,” Abraham said. “I just thought my game worked better because the quarterback can’t see me. On Pashos’ side he can see me.”
Abraham moved into sixth place on the Falcons‘ all-time sacks list with 40.5, passing Don Smith, who totaled 38.5 in six seasons from 1979-84.
Abraham sacked Browns quarterback Seneca Wallace in the first quarter. With that sack, Abraham posted his 39th sack as a Falcon, passing Don Smith (38.5) for sixth in