CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Browns’ defense just could not get the key stop they needed to against the Baltimore Ravens in the second half, as the visiting team finished off a 25-20 come-from-behind win at FirstEnergy Stadium by scoring on three of their five meaningful possessions after halftime.
The Ravens scored a touchdown on their first drive of the second half and converted two field goals in the fourth quarter to finish off the win, something that did not sit well with one of the Browns’ defensive leaders.
“We started fast, but we have to find a way to be consistent,” linebacker Demario Davis said. “There were a couple plays in there that we needed to get back. We just need to find a way down the stretch to get off of the field.
“I have to look at the film and find different ways that I can get better in order to help this unit out. Our defensive guys played phenomenal, but it wasn’t good enough. I have to find ways to help out a little bit more.”
After totaling just 62 yards in the first quarter, where they fell behind by 20 points before mounting the comeback, the Ravens total 320 over the final 45 minutes of play, and quarterback Joe Flacco played a big role in the victory.
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.
“He has been an elite quarterback in this league for a long time,” Davis said. “For a guy to be an elite quarterback and have that type of consistency, it tells you the kind of toughness that he has. I have nothing but respect for them and the way they play. They fight until the very end and you have to give them credit.”
As a veteran defender and one of the leaders of the Browns’ defense, Davis vows to do everything within his power to turn around the fortunes of the team heading into their game against the Miami Dolphins on the road after an 0-2 start.
“I take all of the responsibility,” Davis said. “As a captain of the defense, I have to play at a high level every week. There is always area for improvement, and I take that responsibility proudly. I am happy with the way that the guys responded with passion and energy, but we came out just a little bit short. We have to find a way to get better next week.”