Ravens 20, Browns 14

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 24, 2011 – 9:02 pm

BALTIMORE: Despite a furious second half comeback, the Cleveland Browns fell to the Baltimore Ravens 20-14 Saturday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium.

Quarterback Seneca Wallace’s six-yard touchdown pass to tight end Evan Moore drew the Browns to within six points of the Ravens at 20-14 with 8:22 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Wallace engineered a 12-play, 80-yard scoring drive that took 5:45 off of the game clock.

On third-and-goal, Wallace rolled out to his right and threw a pass near the sideline. Moore corralled the ball and was able to get both feet down in bounds for his team-leading fourth receiving touchdown this season.

The Browns cut into Baltimore’s lead and trailed 20-7 after three quarters of play.

Joshua Cribbs fielded Sam Koch’s third quarter punt at his own 16-yard line and returned it 84 yards for a touchdown. It was his first punt return touchdown since the 2009 season opener against the Minnesota Vikings. His last special teams touchdown came on a kickoff in a win at Kansas City on December 20, 2009.

The 84-yard punt return touchdown was the longest of Cribbs’ career. He ranks fifth all-time in the NFL with 11 total return touchdowns.

Shayne Graham’s 43-yard field goal with 5:50 to play in the third quarter gave the Baltimore Ravens a 20-0 lead over the Browns.

The Ravens moved the ball 33 yards on seven plays and took 3:12 off the third quarter clock on the scoring drive.

The Ravens enjoyed a 17-0 halftime lead over the Browns.

Baltimore running back Ray Rice is known as a dual-threat player and proved that again when he gave the Ravens 17-0 lead over the Browns with 8:57 remaining in the second quarter of play.

On third-and-five from the Browns’ 42-yard line, Rice found open space along the right side of the field and caught a pass from quarterback Joe Flacco. Rice then motored the final 25 yards for his third receiving touchdown this season.

Flacco went five of six for 94 yards with two touchdowns on third down in the first half.

After one quarter of play, the Ravens held a 10-0 lead over the Browns.

Baltimore kicker Shayne Graham converted a 48-yard field goal and extended the Ravens’ lead to 10-0 over the Browns with 58 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Graham capped off an 11-play, 62-yard drive that took 5:09 off the first quarter clock.

Just 61 seconds after taking possession of the football, the Ravens took a 7-0 lead over the Browns with 9:12 remaining in the first quarter.

Flacco threw a five-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ed Dickson and Graham added the extra point.

The biggest gain of the 64-yard drive was on a snap that did not count as an official play. On first-and-10 from their 36-yard line, the Ravens elected to test the Browns secondary with a deep pass to rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith. The Browns were penalized for pass interference and the 60-yard infraction gave the Ravens a first-and-goal inside the five.

Baltimore’s defense set up the offense’s opening score.

The Browns had driven from their 26-yard line to Baltimore’s 30 on the strength of 30 yards from running back Peyton Hillis. However, on third-and-one, Wallace’s pass to the right sideline intended for wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi was intercepted by Lardarius Webb.

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