Webb returns punt for TD

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 4, 2011 – 11:52 pm

CLEVELAND — Baltimore Ravens defensive back Lardarius Webb returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown. Kicker Billy Cundiff’s extra point extended the Ravens’ to 24-3 over the Cleveland Browns with 6:58 remaining in the fourth quarter from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Brad Maynard’s 40-yard fourth-quarter punt was a line drive and Webb was able to sidestep the initial tackle attempt by Joshua Cribbs.


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Ravens lead after three

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 4, 2011 – 11:21 pm

CLEVELAND — The Baltimore Ravens own a 17-3 lead over the Cleveland Browns after three quarters of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

The Ravens wasted little time in answering the Browns’ first score of the game.

Just 59 seconds after Phil Dawson’s 21-yard field goal, Ravens running back Ricky Williams ran in a touchdown from one yard out. Williams’ run followed Ray Rice’s 67-yard run around left tackle two plays earlier.

Dawson made a 21-yard field goal and cut the Ravens’ lead to 10-3 with 5:55 remaining in the third quarter. Dawson’s kick capped off a six-play, 47-yard drive that featured a 52-yard pass from quarterback Colt McCoy to running back Peyton Hillis.

The Browns had a first-and-goal from the five, but failed to score. After Hillis ran for a two-yard gain, tight end Evan Moore dropped a pass in the back of the end zone. The third down pass from McCoy to rookie Greg Little sailed incomplete.


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Williams finds end zone

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 4, 2011 – 11:13 pm

CLEVELAND — The Baltimore Ravens wasted little time in answering the Cleveland Browns’ first score of the game.

Just 59 seconds after Phil Dawson’s 21-yard field goal, Ravens running back Ricky Williams ran in a touchdown from one yard out. Williams’ run followed Ray Rice’s 67-yard run around left tackle two plays earlier.


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Dawson cuts Ravens lead

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 4, 2011 – 11:09 pm

CLEVELAND — Browns kicker Phil Dawson made a 21-yard field goal and cut the Baltimore Ravens’ lead to 10-3 over the Browns with 5:55 remaining in the third quarter from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Dawson’s kick capped off a six-play, 47-yard drive that featured a 52-yard pass from quarterback Colt McCoy to running back Peyton Hillis.

The Browns had a first-and-goal from the five, but failed to score. After Hillis ran for a two-yard gain, tight end Evan Moore dropped a pass in the back of the end zone. The third down pass from McCoy to rookie Greg Little sailed incomplete.


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Browns deserve credit for competing hard in all phases

Posted by Vic Carucci on December 4, 2011 – 10:37 pm

By Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

Here are some halftime thoughts of the Browns-Ravens game:

–The Browns should be commended for their ability to keep this game as tight as it is. These are the Ravens they’re playing, arguably the best team in the AFC and one of the best in the NFL. The Browns are making their share of mistakes, but they’re also competing hard in all phases. But the better and more talented team has the 10-0 lead.

–Colt McCoy is clearly struggling with both accuracy and, it seems, communication with his receivers. On three consecutive passes, he had two near interceptions before rookie cornerback Jimmy Smith swiped one and returned it 32 yards to help set up a 21-yard Billy Cundiff field goal. McCoy does merit credit for getting back into the game after exiting briefly with a knee injury that, based on the way he was initially limping, looked as if it could have been serious.

–Lots of bending, but amazingly little breaking by the Browns’ defense. We’ve seen that many times before this season, especially with an offense that too often has put a lot of pressure on this unit. It’s the reason the Browns have the wins they have and haven’t been blown out of a lot of games. Rookie defensive end Jabaal Sheard has been playing as well as he has in any game this year. And give cornerback Joe Haden plenty of credit for preventing a touchdown near the end of the half.

–Watching the winds off of Lake Erie go a long way toward causing Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff to miss two field goals only makes you appreciate Phil Dawson so much more. Mastering the tricky conditions of Cleveland Browns Stadium this time of year is incredibly difficult.

–The Browns have wisely come out trying to pound the ball on the ground. For the second week since his return from a hamstring injury, Peyton Hillis running hard. And his power runs up the middle have tested the ultra-strong interior of the Ravens’ defense. It will be important for Pat Shurmur to remain patient and keep the ball on the ground in the second half.

–Shurmur also needs to trust McCoy to keep working underneath the Ravens’ zone coverage with throws to the tight ends. Those passes should continue to be available.

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Browns trail at the half

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 4, 2011 – 10:31 pm

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns trail the Baltimore Ravens 10-0 at halftime of their AFC North Division battle at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff kicked a 21-yard field goal and gave his team a 10-0 lead over the Browns with 13 seconds remaining in the first half.

Cundiff’s field goal capped off a 12-yard drive that was started when defensive back Jimmy Smith intercepted a Colt McCoy pass that was intended for Mohamed Massaquoi on an out route to the Browns sideline.

Earlier in the half, Cundiff missed two field goals wide right.

He missed the second attempt from 41 yards away. Cundiff had missed just one field goal less than 50 yards all season entering today’s game.

The Ravens still led the Browns 7-0 after the miss.

Initially, Cundiff tried extending his team’s lead to 10-0 over the Browns with 4:37 remaining in the first half of play, but his 34-yard attempt sailed wide right. Cundiff entered the game having made 25 of 31 attempts prior to the miss.

The Browns took over possession of the football at their own 24-yard line after the missed field goal.

Ravens running back Ray Rice broke a scoreless tie with a six-yard touchdown run through the Browns defense at the 13:17 mark of the second quarter.

Rice finished a 12-play, 61-yard drive that took 6:12 off the clock. He gained 87 yards on his first 11 carries of the game.

The Browns and Ravens played to a scoreless tie in the first quarter of play.

The Ravens began the second quarter with a second-and-five from the Browns’ 14-yard line after quarterback Joe Flacco converted a fourth down with a two-yard run behind center. Flacco has completed two of three attempts for 22 yards.

Earlier in the first quarter, McCoy suffered a right knee injury and his return was listed as probable. McCoy returned to the game on the Browns’ first drive of the second quarter.

On their opening drive, the Ravens had a fourth-and-one from the Browns’ 26-yard line, but Rice was stopped a half-yard short of the first down marker. The Ravens turned the ball over on downs and the Browns had a first-and-10 on their own 26-yard line after the stop.

Rice had rushed for 39 yards on his first three carries of the game before the fourth-down attempt. He finished the first quarter with 75 yards on eight carries.


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Cundiff hits first field goal

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 4, 2011 – 10:29 pm

CLEVELAND — Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff kicked a 21-yard field goal and gave his team a 10-0 lead over the Cleveland Browns with 13 seconds remaining in the first half of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Cundiff’s field goal capped off a 12-yard drive that was started when defensive back Jimmy Smith intercepted a Colt McCoy pass that was intended for Mohamed Massaquoi on an out route to the Browns sideline.


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Cundiff misses again

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 4, 2011 – 10:21 pm

CLEVELAND — For the second straight attempt, Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff missed a field goal wide right.

He missed the second attempt from 41 yards away after the first was no good from 34 yards. Cundiff had missed just one field goal less than 50 yards all season entering today’s game.

The Ravens still led the Browns 7-0 after the miss.


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Cundiff misses wide right

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 4, 2011 – 10:07 pm

CLEVELAND — Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff tried extending his team’s lead to 10-0 over the Cleveland Browns with 4:37 remaining in the first half of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium, but his 34-yard attempt sailed wide right.

Cundiff entered the game having made 25 of 31 attempts prior to the miss.

The Browns took over possession of the football at their own 24-yard line after the missed field goal.


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Rice breaks scoreless tie

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 4, 2011 – 9:42 pm

CLEVELAND — Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice broke a scoreless tie with a six-yard touchdown run through the Cleveland Browns defense at the 13:17 mark of the second quarter of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Rice finished a 12-play, 61-yard drive that took 6:12 off the clock.

Rice gained 87 yards on his first 11 carries of the game.


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