Browns-Ravens: Tied at Halftime

Tied at thirteen: Live from the Press Box at Cleveland Browns Stadium, here is Fred Greetham's halftime report.

CLEVELAND - The two teams were all knotted up at the half as Phil Dawson kicked a career best 54-yard field goal with three seconds to play. The Browns showed little offense, but took advantage of a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Josh Cribbs for their touchdown.

Baltimore put a quick 10 points on the board in the first quarter as they took advantage of good field position. The Ravens started at the Browns' 42 and 47 on their first two possessions. The Ravens started a third time in the first half at the 50.

The Browns dug themselves a hole on the first possession, after two penalties and a poor 20-yard punt by Dave Zastudil. The Browns forced the Ravens into an apparent field goal attempt, but had 12 men on the field and gave the Ravens another shot on third down. Shaun Rogers broke in and tackled for a one-yard loss. The Ravens were called for holding but the Browns declined the penalty and allowed the Ravens' Matt Stover to kick a 41-yard field goal with 10:40 to play in the first quarter with 3-0.

The Browns started moving the ball offensively after a 15-yard pass to Kellen Winslow and a 13-yard pass to Jamal Lewis. However, a false start on Winslow and then a sack on Derek Anderson put the Browns in a third and long situation. Anderson threw a short pass to Syndric Steptoe, who fumbled and Evan Oglesby picked it up and returned it to the Browns' 47.

Two plays later, Joe Flacco hit Mark Clayton for a 46-yard touchdown pass as Clayton ran by Brandon McDonald with 5:19 to play and the Ravens had a 10-0 lead.

However, it took the Browns just 14 seconds to rebound as Josh Cribbs took the ensuing kickoff and raced 92 yards for a touchdown and the Browns were down just 10-7 with 5:05 to play in the first quarter.

After both teams traded punts, the Browns tied the score at 10-10 as Phil Dawson kicked a 23-yard field goal. The Browns went 11 plays and 74 yards as they took 5:39 off of the clock. Anderson hit Steven Heiden for 20 yards to get the drive going to the 40. A 10-yard pass to Winslow moved the ball to the Ravens' 39. Anderson then hit Braylon Edwards for a 23-yard gain to the 15. After a three yard gain on third down, Dawson kicked the field goal with 5:50 to play in the first half.

The Ravens regained the lead 13-10 with 29 seconds left in the first half on a 32-yard field goal by Stover. The Ravens went 66 yards in 12 plays, taking 5:12 off the clock.

The big plays for the Ravens were a 26 yard run by Ray Rice as he broke loose to the Browns' 30. Moments later, Flacco hit Derrick Mason for 14 yards and a first down to the 10. On third-and-goal from the 8, Shaun Rogers broke through and sacked Flacco at the 14. The Ravens then settled for the field goal to make it 13-10 with 29 seconds to play in the first half.

The Browns quickly tied the score with three seconds left as Dawson kicked a career long 54-yard field goal. The Browns took the short kickoff and moved quickly up the field on a pass to Winslow for 13 yards and then to the Ravens' 37 on a pass from Anderson to Edwards for 17 yards. The Browns kicked the field goal on third down with eight seconds on the clock.

Notebook

Mr. Rogers: DL Shaun Rogers was all over the field again as he had eight tackles in the first half, including a sack.

Special Day: K Phil Dawson kicked a career best 54-yard field goal with three seconds left in the first half.

KO No. 5: KR Josh Cribbs returned his fifth kickoff for a touchdown as he raced 92 yards after the Ravens' first score. Cribbs had returns for yards.

Curious Call: On the Ravens' first possession, the Browns declined a holding penalty and let the Ravens kick a 41-yard field goal. K Matt Stover has had trouble kicking long field goals and accepting the penalty would've placed the Ravens in a third-and-21 from the 34. However, by declining the penalty the Ravens were able to get the field goal. In the second quarter, the Ravens had a fourth down on the Browns' 34 and they punted. The next time they had the ball they punted from the Browns' 36.

Bad Start: The Browns gained one yard on their first possession, with a one yard run by RB Jamal Lewis on first down and then two incomplete passes by QB Derek Anderson. The poor offensive series was followed by a false start and then a 20-yard punt by P Dave Zastudil and an illegal procedure penalty by S Michael Adams. The Ravens started at the Browns' 42. The Browns had two penalties on the first four plays of the game, while having just one the entire game a week ago.

K2 Starts: After missing last week's game with a suspension—that was later rescinded—TE Kellen Winslow started. Winslow caught a pass on the second series for 15 yards and a first down. Winslow had a false start penalty a few plays later and after a sack, the Browns turned the ball over. DB Sean Jones and DL Shaun Smith returned to the lineup for the Browns on defense.

Jurevicius Announcement: WR Joe Jurevicius is scheduled to meet with the media on Monday. It is anticipated that he will be placed on season-ending injured reserve. There also is a possibility that he will announce his retirement from football.

Inactives: For the Browns: WR Donte Stallworth, LB Beau Bell, FB Lawrence Vickers, DB Hamza Abdullah, DL Ahtyba Rubin, OL Scott Young and TE Martin Rucker. Ken Dorsey is the third QB. Charles Ali started for Vickers at fullback, while Syndric Steptoe started for Stallworth. For the Ravens: K Steve Hauschka, WR Terrance Copper, CB Chris McAlister, CB Samari Rolle, , Dawan Landry, WR Marcus Smith, TE Daniel Wilcox and DL Lamar Divens. Frank Walker started for McALister, while Jim Leonhard started for Landry. Fabian Washington started for ROlle and Willie Anderson started in place of Adam Terry.

 

 


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