Quarterback Joe Flacco Lifts Ravens Over Browns
Quarterback Joe Flacco hit the go-ahead 19-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith in the fourth period as the Baltimore Ravens lost a 14-point lead but regained their bearings in time to carve out a 25-15 win over the Cleveland Browns Sunday at Browns Stadium.
Flacco completed 15 of 24 passes for 153 yards and his touchdown pass and a two-point conversion gave the Ravens a 22-15 lead after losing a 14-0 advantage early in the final period.
Ray Rice led the Ravens' rushing corps with 98 yards on 25 carries with one touchdown while Bernard Pierce backed him up with 26 yards on seven carries with a score as the Ravens improved to an AFC North-best 6-2 record.
Veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin had 57 yards on five catches and Torrey finished with 46 yards on four receptions while the defense held the Browns without a touchdown and just seven rushing yards in five visits to the red zone.
"That's a part of the game we take a lot of pride in, if they do get into the red zone. And they did today," Ravens safety Ed Reed said.
"We knew what it was going to come down to. We knew what we were getting. It was just a matter of not letting them in the end zone," he added.
The Ravens limited rookie running back Trent Richardson to just three yards and quarterback Brandon Weeden to 3-for-6 for eight yards in the red zone.
Weeden completed 20 of 37 passes for 176 yards without a touchdown and two interceptions while Phil Dawson scored five field goals for the Browns, who now trail the AFC North with a 2-7 mark.
Rice and Pierce scored back-to-back touchdowns in the first period for a 14-0 Ravens lead but were held scoreless in the next two quarters while Dawson buried field goals from 32, 28, 29, 33 and 41 yards, respectively, to give the Browns a 15-14 lead.
Then, Flacco connected with Smith for a touchdown and completed a pass to Boldin for the two-point conversion to give the Ravens a 22-15 advantage.
Weeden tried to spark a game-tying drive but his pass sailed past wide receiver Greg Little that led to Justin Tucker's 43-yard field goal that sealed the win.
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