Ravens - Browns: 5 reasons for the outcome

5 quick factors from last night's game that contributed to a win for the Baltimore Ravens against the Browns at M&T Bank Stadium

1. The Baltimore Ravens' dramatic 27-13 win Sunday night over the Cleveland Browns was keyed by defense and special teams. Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed's 106-yard interception return of a Jeff Garcia pass in the final seconds sealed the win. Garcia was particularly dangerous on the final drive, eluding defenders with his feet to uncork passes downfield. Yet, the Ravens managed to find a way to win to stay within two games of the AFC North-leading Pittsburgh Steelers.

2. Reed and linebacker Bart Scott pressured punter Derrick Frost into a 7-yard shank out of his own end zone that set up Jamal Lewis' game-winning touchdown run in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.

3. Garcia was sacked three times, fumbling once, as he was hit numerous times, taking a toll on the gangly, gutty veteran quarterback.

4. The Ravens overcame the momentum-grabbing 93-yard kickoff return by Richard Alston to open the football game before a nationally-televised audience.

5. Jamal Lewis rushed for 81 yards on 21 carries in his first game back from serving a two-game suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times and ravensinsider.com

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