Second-half surge leads Baltimore Ravens past Cleveland Browns

Different venue, same result for the Cleveland Browns against the Baltimore Ravens.

After scoring 25 straight points to claim the first meeting in Cleveland, the Ravens scored 25 unanswered over the final 31 minutes of play and earned a 28-7 win over the Browns in a Thursday Night Football game in the AFC North Division at M&T Bank Stadium.

The Browns fell to franchise-worst 0-10 to start the season and the Ravens remain atop the AFC North at 5-4.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco completed 30 of his 41 attempts for 296 yards and three touchdowns, all of which came after halftime. Flacco did not remain locked on one target throughout the game, as nine players had at least one reception, led by the six caught by tight end Dennis Pitta and the five each from wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr. and running back Kenneth Dixon.

The Browns played three different quarterbacks in the game, and rookie Cody Kessler engineered a touchdown drive in the first half. However, after a stagnant start to the third quarter, the Browns went to veteran Josh McCown, but he threw a pair of interceptions in relief.

Running the football, the Browns once again were doubled up by one player, as former Cleveland rusher Terrance West totaled 65 yards on 21 carries. Conversely, the Browns rushed for just 30 yards on 13 carries.

The Ravens cut the Browns’ lead down to one point, 7-6, at halftime with a 40-yard field goal from Tucker as the first-half clock expired.

Tucker finished a 12-play, 57-yard drive that was extended by three third-down conversions and an unnecessary roughness penalty on Browns safety Ibraheim Campbell following a 13-yard pass from Flacco to Pitta on third and 10 from midfield.

Earlier in the drive, Flacco completed a 14-yard pass to Smith, Sr. on third-and-12 from the Baltimore 19-yard line. Then, on third-and-two from the 41, Flacco found Wallace for a nine-yard gain.

The Ravens took a 13-7 lead over the Browns on Flacco’s four-yard touchdown pass to tight end Darren Waller with 9:36 to play in the third quarter.

On third-and-goal, Flacco held onto the ball despite pressure coming from the Browns and delivered the touchdown pass to Waller as he was breaking free along the back line of the end zone for his first scoring reception of the season.

Flacco started the drive with a 20-yard pass to Wallace, and followed it with a 12-yard throw to running back Terrance West. Later in the drive, he found wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr. for a 12-yard gain.

The Ravens took a 21-7 lead over the Browns with Flacco’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Smith, Sr. with 2:05 to play in the third quarter.

Lined up in the slot on the right side of the formation, Smith, Sr. waggled his way over the middle of the field and hauled in the pass just shy of the goal line. Then, he fought his way through a tackle attempt from Browns safety Ed Reynolds for the touchdown.

The Ravens tacked on a two-point conversion on a pass from Flacco to Ohio native Kyle Juszczyk.

The Ravens scored their third touchdown of the second half and took a 28-7 lead over the Browns on Flacco’s 27-yard touchdown pass to Perriman with 6:21 to play in the fourth quarter.

After running the ball on nine of their first 11 snaps on the 12-play, 90-yard drive, Flacco dropped back to pass and found Perriman in one-on-one coverage down the left sideline. Perriman got Boddy-Calhoun turned around and hauled in the touchdown pass while falling to the turf.

The Ravens’ third touchdown of the game was set up by a Browns turnover, as reserve quarterback Josh McCown was intercepted while throwing a pass into the end zone on the previous drive.


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