It doesn't get much more disheartening than this.
At the end of a hard-fought contest, Jeff Garcia put a struggling Browns offense on his back and carried it close to a tying score with less than a minute remaining.
From the five yard line, Garcia drops, buys a little time, and throws a pass that is through the arms of TE Aaron Shea, who found himself being pulled to the turf by Ravens LB Ray Lewis, and into the waiting hands of Ed Reed. Reed runs the ball back 105 yards to turn a potential overtime game into a 14-point Ravens win, 27-13.
Special teams played a key role throughout the game, with Cleveland's only touchdown coming on the first play of the game, a 93-yard kickoff return by Richard Alston. Special teams returned to lose the game for the Browns, however, when punter Derrick Frost shanked a kick out of his own end zone which gave the Ravens offense the ball on the Browns eight-yard line. Three Jamal Lewis runs later, the Ravens had a 20-13 lead.
BerniesInsiders.com will provide coverage this evening and again tomorrow morning, as we chronicle the loss, which drops the Browns to 3-5 on the year. You can vote for Gameballs and Goats by heading to the BerniesInsiders.com forums.