Browns Get Bolled Over

Not even the absence of Steve McNair can keep the Ravens from topping the Browns. Fred brings you the story of a game that seemed winnable, but ultimately slipped through the grasp of the staggering Browns...

When Steve McNair went down, it looked as though the Browns had a chance.

However, backup Kyle Boller did just enough to lead the Ravens to a 27-17 win over the Browns. The Browns knocked McNair out of the game in the first quarter when Andra Davis accidentally stepped on McNair's hand.

Boller came in and threw two touchdown passes to lead the Ravens to the win.

With the win, the Ravens clinched the AFC North at 11-3. Meanwhile, the Browns dropped to 4-10 and finished winless in the AFC North.

The Ravens built a 17-3 lead, but then the Browns battled back to tie the game, but the Ravens scored the final 10 points.

The Browns got on the board with a 51-yard field goal by Phil Dawson with 9:43 left in the first quarter to cap their first drive. The Browns moved 43 yards in six plays with the big play on the drive being a pass from Derek Anderson to Kellen Winslow for 36 yards.

The Ravens picked up their offense as Derek Anderson overthrew Joe Jurevicius and Duwan Landry returned the ball to the Browns' 16. Boller substituted for the injured McNair and led the Ravens to a score with Jamal Lewis taking it in from seven yards out to make it 7-3 with 6:39 to play in the first quarter.

The Ravens extended their lead to 14-3 with 14:14 to play in the second quarter as Ovie Mughelli scored on a pass from Boller from nine-yards out. The Ravens drove 85 yards for the score.

After Kamerion Wimbley recovered a fumble on the Ravens' 24, the Browns were unable to move the ball and had to settle for a field goal attempt and Dawson missed from 47-yards out. Anderson was sacked for the third time on third down to make the attempt longer.

The Ravens moved down field after the missed field goal and Matt Stover hit a 38-yard field goal with 2:39 to play in the first half to make it 17-3.

Just before the half, the Browns score as Braylon Edwards caught a 28-yard pass from Anderson and took it to the three. Anderson threw a fade route to Jurevicius for the touchdown to make it 17-10 with 54 seconds to play. Samari Rolle was injured on the play prior to the touchdown and the Browns went right after his replacement. Anderson was 6-of-6 for 70 yards in accounting for the total yardage on the drive. He was 13-of-16 for 135 yards in the first half.

Anderson hit Edwards with 6:29 to play in the third quarter to tie the game at 17-17. The Browns went 84 yards on eight plays. Anderson's second touchdown pass of the game was also his 13th consecutive completion. He was 4-of-4 for 52 yards on the touchdown drive.

After the Browns rallied to tie the game at 17, the Ravens got a spark as Boller hit Demetrius Williams for a 77-yard score with 5:24 to play to give the Ravens a 24-17 lead. Williams beat Sean Jones and Daven Holley and Boller delivered a perfect pass.

The Ravens put the knockout punch on the Browns as Stover kicked a 22-yard field goal to make the final 27-17 with 2:53 to play. The score was set up by a 39-yard toss from Boller to Mark Clayton.


Lewis Rolls: RB Jamal Lewis has averaged 129 yards a game in his career against the Browns and continued his success. He had a 52-yard run in the first half and a touchdown. He finished with 109 yards.

Romeo's Challenges: Romeo Crennel lost another replay challenge late in the game and used his final timeout in the process. Crennel has one of the lowest challenge percentages in the NFL.

McNair Dinged: QB Steve McNair was replaced by QB Kyle Boller after LB Andra Davis stepped on McNair's hand in the first quarter. McNair was 0-of-4. Boller led the Ravens to scores on his first two series at the controls, but threw an interception to CB Leigh Bodden on the third. Boller fumbled the exchange from the center on the next play and LB Kamerion Wimbley recovered at the Ravens' 24. Boller started 5-of-6 for 50 yards and a touchdown. He finished 21-of-38 for 238 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Davis Out: LB Andra Davis went out in the first quarter with a concussion and did not return.

No Run: The Browns continued to struggle in the running game in the first half with under 20 yards. They did get some rushing yardage in the second half as Jason Wright had 37 and Reuben Droughns had 31. Wright injured his knee late in the game.

Little Rush: The Browns had one sack on the Ravens, but it was because Boller slipped as he was backpedaling. Chaun Thompson was credited with the sack.

RazzleDazzle: WR Joshua Cribbs took an end around and threw an incomplete pass in the end zone intended for WR Braylon Edwards.

Leigh's Leap: CB Leigh Bodden intercepted QB Kyle Boller in the second quarter. DB Brodney Pool recovered a fumble by RB Jamal Lewis in the third quarter.

Travis' Debut: Believe it or not, third-round draft choice WR Travis Wilson was activated and he caught a pass in the first half for 16 yards. It was the first catch of his career.

Winless in the North: The Browns finished 0-6 in the AFC North for the first time since the team returned in 1999. Also, the Browns hadn't gone without a win in their division in 60 years.

Anderson Start: QB Derek Anderson started his second-straight game for the Browns. Anderson was sacked five times. Anderson was a sixth-round draft choice of the Ravens. He finished 23–of-32 for 232 yards, including two touchdowns and two interceptions. He had 13 consecutive completions during the game. The Browns record for consecutive completions is 16 held by Bernie Kosar and Kelly Holcomb.

Lennie's Turn: OL Lennie Friedman started in place of OL Joe Andruzzi.

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