Slow start, strong finish
nothing because of ill-timed mistakes.
On their second drive, they moved into Tucker’s field-goal range, thanks largely to a roughing-the-passer penalty on Browns defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah. However, Flacco was sacked and lost nine yards on third down when neither left guard Alex Lewis nor tight end Dennis Pitta picked up a blitzing Jamie Collins.
The Ravens then got their run game going on their next drive as Terrance West ran for 17 yards, fullback Kyle Juszczyk picked up a first down on second-and-short and rookie Kenneth Dixon ran for 11 to put the ball on the Browns’ 34-yard line. But on the very next play, Flacco saw Smith matched up one-on-one with rookie corner Briean Boddy-Calhoun and he took a shot down the sideline. Smith, though, didn’t seem to react to the ball until BoddyCalhoun was settled under the ball right outside the end zone.
The interception was Flacco’s fourth in the past three games and kept the game scoreless through the first quarter. That changed on the next drive when the Ravens, thanks to a 17-yard completion to Smith and a 12-yard catch by Dixon, had a first down on the Browns’ 13. But after 3-yard runs by Flacco and West, Flacco threw the ball out of the end zone on third down despite Smith appearing to be open underneath.
Tucker’s 25-yard field goal gave the Ravens the lead, but was a disappointing result against the NFL’s 31st-ranked run defense.
To that point, the Ravens defense had given up little ground to the Browns and their rookie quarterback. Kessler, though, got things going with a 14-yard completion to Terrelle Pryor and a pass-interference call on Ravens rookie corner Tavon Young. He then found rookie tight end Seth DeValve for a 25-yard touchdown. DeValve beat Eric Weddle and fellow safety Lardarius Webb was a step late to give him help.
The Ravens and Browns then traded punts before the Ravens got a field goal despite another ugly two-minute drive. A first-down reception by Pitta was wiped out by a holding penalty by right guard Vladimir Ducasse, who was making his first start of the season in place of an injured Marshal Yanda.
The Ravens didn’t show a whole lot of urgency early in the drive and then they burned through three timeouts just to get the ball to midfield. But an unnecessaryroughness call on Ibraheim Campbell put Tucker in position to kick a 40-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter.
Despite the field goal and the fact that the Ravens trailed just 7-6, there were some boos as the Ravens headed to the locker room.
Ravens wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. lunges over Browns defensive back Ed Reynolds II, below, to score a touchdown during the third quarter.
Tight end Darren Waller shows off the football after catching a 4-yard pass from Joe Flacco to put the Ravens ahead for good early in the third quarter.