For the third week in a row, the score at halftime of the Browns game was 14-10. The first two weeks the Browns were leading and ending up losing.
Against the Ravens, the Browns are trailing, so maybe the third time is the charm.
The Browns dropped to 0-3 as they lost 24-17, led by three touchdown passes from Joe Flacco to Anquan Boldin.
The Browns did not turn the ball over, but they committed several costly penalties down the stretch that cost them the opportunity to regain possession in the waning moments of the game.
In the absence of Jerome Harrison, Peyton Hillis touched the ball 29 times and accounted for 180 yards with 144 rushing and 36 receiving, including a touchdown.
The Browns scored first but Baltimore had two long back-to-back drives to build a 14-3 first half lead. However, the Browns went 83 yards just before halftime as Hillis went in from one-yard out to make it 14-10.
The Browns jumped out to a 3-0 lead with 6:14 to play in the first quarter when Phil Dawson kicked a 38-yard field goal to cap a game opening drive. Wallace was 5-of-6 for 39 yards on the drive and Peyton Hillis was the workhorse on the drive as he carried five times for 23 yards and caught three passes for 11 yards. The Browns had the ball for 6:36 and went 57 yards in 12 plays.
The Ravens answered with an 85-yard touchdown drive in 10 plays as Flacco hit Boldin for an eight-yard score with 1:29 to play in the first quarter as Boldin got behind Eric Wright. Ray Rice had a 22-yard run to jump start the drive early on.
The Ravens extended their lead to 14-3 as Flacco connected with Boldin for a 12-yard touchdown with 5:56 to play in the second quarter. Flacco hit Boldin for 27 yards to the Browns' 16 and then hit him for the score two plays later. The Ravens went 93 yards in 10 plays taking 5:53 off the clock.
The Browns cut the deficit to 14-10 in the first half as Hillis went over from one-yard out. Hillis had a 25-yard run to the Ravens' 35. Wallace hit Josh Cribbs caught a pass for 17 yards to the 16. Hillis ran for six to the 10 and then caught a pass to the six. James Davis ran for three to the two, setting up Hillis' one-yard score.
The Ravens moved to the Browns' 35 after Flacco hit Boldin, but Billy Cundiff's 51-yard field goal attempt hit the left crossbar with 8:30 to play in the third quarter.
The Browns scored their first points of the second half with 14:54 to play in the game as Wallace hit Watson for a one-yard touchdown to give the Browns a 17-14 lead.
After trading punts, the Browns started on their 14. Hillis broke off a 46-yard run to the Ravens' 38, but an unnecessary roughness penalty on Tom Zbikowski moved the ball to the 23.
After the run and the penalty, Cribbs took the direct snap out of the wildcat to the four for 19 yards. Hillis took it to the one. On the first play of the fourth quarter, after a play action fake, Wallace hit Watson to give the Browns a 17-14 left with 14:54 left in the game. Watson had five receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown. The Browns went 86 yards in six plays in just 1:51.
Baltimore came right back and regained the lead 21-17 as Flacco hit Boldin for the third time with 9:13 to play for a 27-yard touchdown. On the play, the Browns sent an all out blitz and Boldin raced by Wright and caught the ball in stride. The Ravens went 69 yards on 10 plays in 5:41. Boldin had eight receptions for 142 yards and three touchdowns.
The Ravens extended their lead to 24-17 with 5:29 to play as Cundiff hit a 49-yard field goal after stopping the Browns deep in their own territory. The Ravens started at the Browns' 42 and with 5:29 to play and were able to get within field goal range.
After punting back to the Ravens with just under four minutes to play, the Browns were unable to get the ball back as they had just one timeout and a costly offsides penalty on Matt Roth on third-and-four allowed the Ravens the opportunity to run out the clock.
Peyton's Place: RB Peyton Hillis accounted for 180 yards of offense for the Browns with 144 yards rushing and 36 receiving on seven catches. He had 100 yards in the first half, 73 yards rushing, including a long of 25 yards. He caught five passes for 27 yards.
Cribbs at TB: WR Josh Cribbs lined up as a tailback on his first time in the back field and had just one yard. Cribbs caught five passes for 58 yards. He finished with two carries for 20 yards.
Seneca Time: QB Seneca Wallace was 12-of-14 for 114 yards in the first half and finished 18–of-24 for 141 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.
James Debuts: RB James Davis played for the first time and had four carries for nine yards.
Time Management: The Browns ended up burning timeouts early in the second half and couldn't stop the clock when they needed to at the end of the game.
Top Tacklers: LB Eric Barton had 7 tackles and two assists to lead the Browns. LB Scott Fujita had four tackles and three assists. DL Robaire Smith had four tackles and three assists.
More Mistakes: The Browns continued to make big mistakes that hurt them. After the Ravens took a 21-17, QB Seneca Wallace pitched a ball past Hillis for a 17-yard loss back to the two-yard line. Earlier the Browns had a false start on third-and-4 and a holding on a completed pass. OL Tony Pashos was called for holding on a completion, as well. They had a delay of game on a third-and-8 that resulted in third-and-13 and the Browns had to kick a field goal. TE Ben Watson picked up a personal foul that moved the Browns back to their own territory after getting to Baltimore's 45. With two minutes to play, on third-and-4, LB Matt Roth jumped offside to give the Ravens a first down that allowed them to run the clock out. The Browns had eight penalties for 60 yards.
Boldin Torches: WR Anquan Boldin torched DB Eric Wright and the Browns secondary throughout the game with three touchdowns. He had eight receptions for 142 yards and three touchdowns.
Big Ben: TE Ben Watson had three receptions in the first half, one for 35 yards and one for 10 on third-and-9. However, Watson had a personal foul penalty in the third quarter that moved the Browns into a third-and-24 situation.
Missed Chance: On the Ravens first series, QB Joe Flacco threw a short pass and DB T.J. Ward stepped in front of the pass, but the ball went up in the air and WR Derrick Mason caught the pass for a short gain. Ward should have had not only the interception, but a touchdown as he had no one in front of him.
Long Out List: Besides LB D'Qwell Jackson being placed on injured reserve, DL Shaun Rogers (ankle, hip), QB Jake Delhomme (ankle), RB Jerome Harrison (thigh), and WR Brian Robiskie (hamstring), OL Shawn Lauvao (ankle) did not play due to injuries.