Ravens lead at halftime

Posted by Matt Florjancic on December 24, 2011 – 7:24 pm

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens enjoyed a 17-0 halftime lead over the Cleveland Browns in Saturday afternoon’s game at M&T Bank Stadium.

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, Seneca Wallace’s pass to the right sideline intended for wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi was intercepted by Lardarius Webb.

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