In the end, the Browns made an often dull defensive struggle against the Ravens interesting. But Cleveland’s late fourth-quarter comeback attempt fell short.
On the final play of a 23-16 Ravens win, Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden threw a pass out the back of the end zone, preserving the Ravens’ win.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco completed 28 of 46 passes for 356 with one touchdown and one interception, and he also ran for a touchdown in the third quarter. When Baltimore cornerback Cary Williams intercepted Weeden and raced 63 yards for a touchdown to give the Ravens a 23-10 lead, it appeared that Baltimore was putting the game out of reach.
But Phil Dawson hit field goals of 50 and 52 yards in the fourth quarter to bring Cleveland a touchdown and extra point away from sending the game into overtime, and the Browns had a real chance of tying it at the end of the game.
Unfortunately for Cleveland, Weeden missed on that pass into the end zone on the last play, and the Ravens held on to win a game that was much closer than Baltimore expected.