Browns Tumble Continues, 20-10

Fred Greetham brings us the results from Cleveland Browns Stadium, where four turnovers and a onside kick misadventure allowed the Ravens to clinch a playoff berth.

CLEVELAND—The Ravens ruined Christmas for the Browns and sent them to their third-straight loss and third consecutive season of double-digit losses with a 20-10 loss to the Ravens in front of 65,028 fans at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Colt McCoy threw three interceptions and the Browns turned the ball over four times in the loss.

"We're in the same place we've been which is trying to win consistently," Browns coach Eric Mangini said. "Part of that process is not having self-inflicted wounds, not doing things that make it more difficult to win games and it becomes more difficult the better the opponent is. You play a team like Baltimore with as many weapons and things they can do, give them opportunities, when they're plus-one on turnover ratio they're 75-3. You go plus-three and your odds are slim."

The Browns are 5-10 and finish the season at home with the Steelers next week. Meanwhile, the Ravens improved to 11-4 and clinched a playoff berth with the win.

Trailing 13-10, at the half, the Browns tried the element of surprise to open the second half with an onside kick attempt. However, Phil Dawson was unable to get the ball the necessary 10 yards and the Ravens took over on the Browns' 38.

"We felt we had a chance for it," Mangini said. "They were leaving early on that side and (special teams coach Brad Seely) felt really strongly about it. We executed it well in practice and we took a look at it a couple times to make sure what we had seen prior to us playing them still the same and it was. They were leaving early on that side."

Three plays later, Joe Flacco found Derrick Mason for a 22-yard touchdown and the Browns found themselves down, 20-10.

The Browns turned the ball over three times in the first half and still find themselves down just 13-10 at the half. Dawson's 30-yard field goal cut the deficit with just three seconds to play.

The Browns scored first and took a 7-0 lead with 7:01 to play in the first quarter as Robiskie caught a 29-yard pass from Massaquoi in a razzle dazzle play.

Out of the shotgun with Seneca Wallace at quarterback, Wallace handed it to Peyton Hillis running left and he pitched it to Massaquoi coming from the left side and he threw to Robiskie for a touchdown as Robiskie made a diving catch in front of Chris Carr.

The Browns started the drive at the Ravens' 40 after a 17-yard punt return by Josh Cribbs. On third-and-4, Colt McCoy hit Ben Watson for a five yard pickup and a first down. On the next play, Massaquoi threw the touchdown.

After the Browns score, the Ravens answered with a 16 play drive of their own that resulted in a 27-yard field goal by Billy Cundiff to make it 7-3 with 13:35 to play in the first half.

Ray Rice had 20 yards rushing on the drive, while the longest play was a 16-yard run by fullback Le'Ron McClain.  Flacco hit Mason two passes to get the Ravens to the Browns' 25. The Ravens had the ball for 8:26 and covered 80 yards.

The Ravens took the lead at 10-7 at the 11:47 mark as Flacco hit T.J. Houshmandzadeh for a 15-yard touchdown after a fumble recovery by the Ravens on the Browns' 20. On the first play after getting the ball back, Massaquoi fumbled after catching a short pass from McCoy. Carr stripped it and Jameel McClain picked it up and returned it to the Browns' 20.

"It's major for the defense to go out and play with the intenstiy that we did," McClain said. "It's Ravens football and that is the way it is supposed to be played."

Three plays later, Flacco hit Houshmandzadeh on a slant behind Sheldon Brown for the score.

The Browns third turnover of the first half, an interception by Ed Reed set up a 40-yard field goal by Cundiff to make it 13-7 with 4:06 to play in the first half. McCoy's second interception of the half gave the Ravens the ball at the 50 after a 20-yard return.

"I think (Ed Reed) does an amazing job just know what the offense is going to be doing," Browns wide receiver Chansi Stuckey said. "He was all around the field today."

Flacco helped move the Ravens into field goal position with a scramble for a first down on third-and-4 to the Browns' 40. A nine-yard pass to Mason and a six-yard pass to Houshmandzadeh set up the field goal.

The Browns made it 13-10 with three seconds left in the first half as Phil Dawson kicked a 30-yard field goal. The Browns started at their 37 and had a 28-yard pass from McCoy to Mike Bell that moved the ball to the Ravens' 24.

The Browns let close to 30 seconds come off the clock before McCoy scrambled for seven yards after a one yard run by Bell. After getting first down on a run by Cribbs, McCoy threw two incomplete passes into the end zone and with just six seconds to go on third down, the Browns elected to kick the field goal. They went 50 yards in 10 plays for the score.

The Ravens struck quickly after the half as Flacco hit Mason for a 22-yard score just 1:30 into the quarter to make it 20-10. The Browns tried on onside kick, but it didn't go the necessary 10 yards and the Ravens took over on the Browns' 38.

With just over four  minutes to play, the Browns drove from their own six to the Ravens' 27 when McCoy tried to go to the end zone and Reed intercepted McCoy for the second time to thwart any chance the Browns would come back.


Ring the Bell: RB Mike Bell had his biggest impact since coming to the Browns as he accounted for 75 yards. He had a 28-yard reception to set up a field goal and rushed seven times for 27 yards. He had two receptions for 48 yards. Meanwhile, RB Peyton Hillis had a slow day as he had just 35 yards on 12 carries. He had just one reception for five yards.

Colt Time: QB Colt McCoy was 15-of-28 for 149 yards and three interceptions.  He also ran four times for 30 yards. He had an interception to end the opening drive at the Ravens' four by CB Lardarius Webb.

"It's tough they got some great playmakers on that team," McCoy said. "They made a lot of plays, I made some poor throws today and they had the upper hand. We just got to play better. I've got to do a lot of things better. We fought to the very end, we're going to take chances and we never gave up."

The Browns had moved to the Ravens' 32 before the interception. He threw the second with 8:02 to play in the first half as he was trying to hit WR Mohamed Massaquoi and S Ed Reed stepped up and picked it off. His third came with just four minutes to play in the game as he threw into the end zone and Reed picked up his second.

Mo to Robo: WRs Mohamed Massaquoi and Brian Robiskie hooked up for a touchdown pass in the first quarter as Massaquoi took a pitch from RB Peyton Hillis and threw for the 29-yard score. It was Robiskie's second-consecutive game in which he scored a touchdown and his second career touchdown.  It was the first time a non-quarterback has thrown a touchdown since Kevin Johnson threw a 33-yard touchdown to Quincy Morgan on Sept. 8, 2002. Robiskie had two receptions for 35 yards and Massaquoi had two for 14 yards, but also fumble once. Robiskie was called for pass interference after making a nice catch deep in Raven's territory over Lardarius Webb. Replays didn't show a foul. WR Chansi Stuckey led the Browns with four receptions for 39 yards. TE Ben Watson had three receptions for 22 yards.

Super Joe: CB Joe Haden intercepted QB Joe Flacco for his team-leading sixth interception in the third quarter. Haden was lined up with WR Anquan Boldin most of the day and Boldin had just one catch for nine yards in the first half. He had three touchdowns against CB Eric Wright in the team's first meeting. Haden also had the Browns lone sack on Flacco.

Cribbs Long: KR Josh Cribbs had his longest kickoff return off the season on the opening kickoff for 37 yards. Cribbs' first punt return was for 17 yards, which tied his longest punt return of the season. Cribbs ran twice for eight yards and caught a pass.

Defenders: LB Chris Gocong, DL Kenyon Coleman and LB Matt Roth all led the Browns with seven tackles each.

DBO for Barton: LB David Bowens started in place of LB Eric Barton and LB Jason Trusnik started in Bowens' place.

Stallworth Return: Former Browns WR Donte Stallworth was one of four captains for the Ravens. He won the Ed Block Courage Award from his teammates in Baltimore. Stallworth was suspended for a year from the NFL and the Browns after manslaughter in a DUI accident in Florida.

Inactives: For the Browns: WR Carlton Mitchell, WR Jordan Norwood, LB Eric Alexander, DL Brian Sanford, TE Robert Royal, DL Jayme Mitchell, DL Ko Quaye and Jake Delhomme is the third QB. The most notable player inactive for the Ravens was TE Todd Heap.

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