Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens

4:10 p.m.-BROWNS FALL TO RAVENS, 25-20

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns started fast, but the Baltimore Ravens finished strong and scored 25 unanswered points on their way to a 25-20 win in an AFC North Division matchup at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday afternoon.

Quarterback Joe Flacco’s 25-of-45 showing for 302 yards with two touchdowns and the combination of tight end Dennis Pitta and wide receiver Mike Wallace carried the comeback. Pitta turned nine receptions into 102 yards, and Wallace scored a pair of touchdowns in the come-from-behind victory.

The Browns totaled just 126 yards and seven first downs in the second half.


CLEVELAND -- The Baltimore Ravens extended their lead over the Cleveland Browns to five points, 25-20, on a 41-yard field goal from kicker Justin Tucker with 2:53 to play in the fourth quarter from FirstEnergy Stadium.

Tucker’s third field goal of the game, all of which have come from at least 41 yards out, capped off an 11-play, 41-yard drive that took more than five minutes off the fourth-quarter clock.


CLEVELAND -- The Baltimore Ravens took a 22-20 lead over the Cleveland Browns on kicker Justin Tucker’s 49-yard field goal with 11:19 to play in the fourth quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Tucker capped off the five-play, 27-yard go-ahead drive that was set up by a missed 52-yard field goal from Browns kicker Patrick Murray on the previous possession.

Initially, it appeared the Ravens would have a first and goal from the Browns’ one-yard line after quarterback Joe Flacco completed a 25-yard pass to wide receiver Chris Moore, but an illegal shift on tight end Dennis Pitta negated the completion.

After finding themselves in a 20-0 hole, the Ravens answered with 22 straight points to take their first lead of the game.


CLEVELAND -- After falling into a 20-point hole early against the Cleveland Browns, the Baltimore Ravens scored on three straight possessions, and the latest score, a touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Flacco to wide receiver Mike Wallace, drew them to within a point of the lead, 20-19, with 12:17 to play in the third quarter.

On second-and-seven from the 17-yard line, Flacco took the no-huddle, shotgun snap from center and found Wallace breaking open on the left side of the field. Wallace created separation from the Browns’ defensive back providing coverage and hauled in his second touchdown of the game.

The Ravens needed just six plays to cover 75 yards on the scoring drive.


CLEVELAND -- The Baltimore Ravens started the first half slow, but ended the second quarter with a pair of scoring drives, including a 52-yard field goal from Justin Tucker as the clock expired, and those scores cut the Cleveland Browns’ lead down to a single possession, 20-12, at the halftime break.

Tucker’s field goal capped off a seven-play, 27-yard drive that started with an interception of Browns quarterback Josh McCown on a pass deep down the left sideline.


CLEVELAND -- The Baltimore Ravens struggled through the first quarter, but found their way into the end zone on a pass from quarterback Joe Flacco to wide receiver Mike Wallace with 1:15 to play in the first half from FirstEnergy Stadium.

Facing a second-and-goal from the seven-yard line, Flacco took the snap and found Wallace with inside position on a slant from the right side of the formation for the touchdown, a scoring play that capped off a six-play, 75-yard drive and cut the Cleveland Browns’ lead to 20-9 late in the first half.

Flacco completed three of his four pass attempts on the scoring drive, including a 30-yarder to tight end Dennis Pitta in the left flat. Pitta secured the catch, shook off a defender and sprinted down the left side of the field before being wrapped up and tackled by Browns rookie safety Derrick Kindred.

On the next play, Flacco found tight end Crockett Gillmore for a 22-yard gain. The Ravens got an additional nine yards on a personal foul low hit from Browns defensive lineman Stephen Paea on Flacco’s legs.


CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns forced an interception of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, and four plays later, they turned the miscue into a touchdown, as quarterback Josh McCown completed an 11-yard pass to rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman.

With the touchdown, the second McCown-to-Coleman scoring play of the game, the Browns took a 20-0 lead over the Ravens, but the impending extra point try was blocked and returned 63 yards for a safety. At the 4:37 mark of the first quarter, the Browns held a 20-2 lead over the Ravens.

The Browns’ third touchdown of the game was set up by the defense, as two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden intercepted Flacco’s pass that was intended for veteran wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. on a second-and-six play from Baltimore’s 29-yard line.

Haden returned the ball nine yards to Baltimore’s 27-yard line.


CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns did not need a very long drive to score their second touchdown of the game and take a 14-0 lead over the Baltimore Ravens with 6:47 to play in the first quarter of the home opener from FirstEnergy Stadium.

After forcing a Ravens punt, the Browns went to running back Isaiah Crowell, and behind an initial block from center Cameron Erving and the left side of the offensive line, he sprinted his way through Baltimore’s front seven. Then, Crowell found another gear and outsprinted the entire Ravens defense down the field and into the end zone for a touchdown.

Wanting to establish the run game after a 122-yard performance against the Philadelphia Eagles, 40 of which came on the final three plays of the 29-10 loss, the Browns went to Crowell five times on their first two drives, and he responded by gaining 101 yards with the long scoring run.

The 85-yard run was the longest ever of any Browns player against the Ravens, and the second-longest scoring rush in franchise history.


CLEVELAND -- Rookie wide receiver Corey Coleman hauled in a 31-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Josh McCown and gave the Cleveland Browns a 7-0 lead over the Baltimore Ravens with 9:45 to play in the first quarter of the home opener from FirstEnergy Stadium.

Facing a third-and-10 after gaining back the 10 yards from an offensive pass interference penalty, McCown took the shotgun snap from center Cam Erving, dropped back in the pocket and lofted the pass deep down the left side of the field.

Behind the coverage of a Ravens defensive back, Coleman hauled in the pass and got two feet down in bounds before being pushed out of the back of the end zone. An official review of the play upheld the call on the field of a touchdown.

McCown and the Browns went three for three in third-down conversion attempts on the opening drive of the game, and in his first start in 10 months, the veteran quarterback completed three of his four throws for 67 yards with the touchdown.

Prior to the touchdown, McCown completed a 28-yard pass to running back Duke Johnson Jr.

1:00 p.m.-HOME OPENER

The Cleveland Browns began the 2016 regular season with a 29-10 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at FirstEnergy Stadium, but after a week of practice and film study, they have come home to FirstEnergy Stadium to begin AFC North Division play against the Baltimore Ravens.

Veteran Josh McCown has taken over the quarterbacking duties after Robert Griffin III was placed on injured reserve Monday because of a broken bone in his shoulder.

In his first season with the Browns, McCown won the starting job out of training camp, but was hampered by injuries for the bulk of the year. When healthy, McCown proved to be an impactful player, as in eight games for the Browns, he completed 186 of his 292 attempts (63.7 percent) for 2,109 yards and 12 touchdowns against four interceptions.

Opposite McCown is Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, who has had quite the successful run against the Browns.

In 15 career starts against the Browns since being taken in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of the University of Delaware, Flacco has posted a 13-2 record. He has completed 272 of his 444 attempts (61.3 percent) for 3,237 yards and 19 touchdowns against seven interceptions with a 91.2 quarterback rating.

Flacco’s 19 touchdowns passes against the Browns are his most against any other opponent, and he has thrown for at least one touchdown in eight straight games versus Cleveland.

Flacco’s .867 winning percentage against the Browns is the third-best active success rate in the NFL. Only Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger against the Browns (19-2, .905) and Tom Brady against the Buffalo Bills (25-3, .892) have better winning percentages against a single opponent than Flacco.


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