On the opening possession of the second half, Derrick Mason hauled in a 22-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco despite pass interference from defensive back Sheldon Brown. That score proved to be the final score of the game as the Ravens earned a 20-10 win over the Browns.
They improved to 11-4 with the win, while the Browns fell to 5-10. The Ravens kept pace with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who beat the Carolina Panthers Thursday night. The AFC North Division race comes down to next weekend.
Mason’s scoring play was set up by a missed opportunity on an onside kick. Phil Dawson’s second-half kickoff rolled out of bounds at the Browns’ 38-yard line, two yards short of the mandatory 10-yard window for the Browns to recover.
Dawson’s 30-yard field goal with three seconds remaining in the second quarter drew the Browns within three points of the Ravens at 13-10 at halftime. Dawson’s kick answered an earlier Baltimore field goal.
Billy Cundiff’s 40-yard field goal, which he kicked into a persistent crossing wind from the North, extended the Baltimore Ravens’ lead over the Browns to 13-7 with 4:06 remaining in the first half.
Cundiff’s second field goal of the game capped off a nine-play, 28-yard drive that took 3:56 off the second quarter clock and gave the Ravens their halftime lead of six points.
The field goal was set up by Ed Reed’s team-leading fifth interception of the 2010 season.
Reed intercepted Colt McCoy’s third-and-five attempt to Mohamed Massaquoi down the right sideline. Following Reed’s 20-yard return, the Ravens had a first-and-ten from midfield with 8:02 remaining in the second quarter.
Reed later registered a fourth quarter interception of McCoy for the tenth multi-interception game of his career.
Earlier in the quarter, first-year Baltimore wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh caught a 15-yard touchdown pass on third-and-five. His third touchdown of the season put the Ravens in front of the Browns 10-7 at the 11:47 mark of the second quarter. The three-play, 20-yard scoring drive was set up by Massaquoi’s fumble near the Browns sideline.
On first-and-ten from the Browns’ 26-yard line, McCoy threw right to Massaquoi and as he fought for extra yards, defensive back Chris Carr stripped him of the football. Linebacker Jameel McClain recovered the loose ball and returned it nine yards.
Cundiff got the Baltimore Ravens on the scoreboard with a 27-yard field goal at the 13:35 mark of the second quarter. The Ravens drove 80 yards on 16 plays in 8:26 before Cundiff’s kick. Cundiff is now 10-of-10 on the year on field goals between 20-29 yards.
The Browns took an early lead on a trick play.
Massaquoi threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Brian Robiskie in the right corner of the East end zone at the 7:01 mark of the first quarter. Dawson’s extra point, which came after the Ravens lost a challenge on the play, gave the Browns a 7-0 lead.
Quarterback Seneca Wallace was in the Shotgun formation and handed off to running back Peyton Hillis. Hillis ran left and pitched the ball to Massaquoi, who crossed the formation from left to right. Massaquoi pulled up in the backfield and lofted a pass into the end zone.
Robiskie slid underneath the ball and corralled his second career touchdown.
The last time the Browns had a non-quarterback throw a touchdown pass was on September 8, 2002. Wide receiver Kevin Johnson threw a 33-yard touchdown to Quincy Morgan. It was the seventh touchdown pass thrown by a wide receiver in team history.
On the opening drive, Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb intercepted McCoy’s fourth pass of the game on a deep attempt down the right sideline to Massaquoi. The Browns took the opening kickoff and moved from their 35-yard line to the Ravens’ 33 before the interception.
It was McCoy’s first of two first half interceptions.
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