1:00 PM ET, December 21, 2003
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Just 48 yards shy of making history, Jamal Lewis was finally brought down -- by his own coach.The Cleveland Browns certainly didn't lay a hand on him.Baltimore's bruising back closed in on the elusive 2,000-yard club and the Ravens zeroed in on the AFC playoffs by dismantling Cleveland 35-0 Sunday.
Lewis is a great running back and definitely one of the best in the league, but this is a bad matchup for the Browns. Lewis is a big, fast running back who is extremely powerful playing against a slow, undersized defense. Lewis' success is evidence that the Browns need major changes defensively.
Question on the Browns: Any chance of Butch Davis being one of those "surprise firings" in the offseason?
Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.
Ravens G Bennie Anderson (sprained knee) and TE John Jones (quad) both got hurt in the first half and did not return. ... The Browns wore a black-and-white No. 14 decal on their helmets to honor late Hall of Fame quarterback Otto Graham, who passed away earlier this week. Four of Graham's grandsons took part in the coin toss. ... Ravens T Orlando Brown played his first game in Cleveland since Dec. 19, 1999, when the former Browns player was accidentally hit in the eye by a penalty flag thrown by referee Jeff Triplette. "I went over to the spot where I got hurt at," said Brown, who won a lawsuit against the NFL for his injury. "It rolled through my head a couple of times. But I'm just glad I can still see." ... Couch's first completion -- a 4-yard pass to Jamel White -- was the 1,000th of his career. ... Browns DE Gerard Warren didn't start for the first time this season, benched for the first series by Davis for being late to a team meeting on Saturday.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.7||3.4|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||12:16||TERRY JONES 1 YD PASS FROM ANTHONY WRIGHT (MATT STOVER KICK) |
Drive: 9 plays, 58 yds, 4:44
|TD||8:46||JAMAL LEWIS 72 YD RUN (MATT STOVER KICK) |
Drive: 3 plays, 85 yds, 1:20
|TD||3:05||JAMAL LEWIS 24 YD RUN (MATT STOVER KICK) |
Drive: 1 plays, 24 yds, :07
|TD||4:35||CHAD WILLIAMS 52 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (MATT STOVER KICK)||28||0|
|TD||13:23||MUSA SMITH 11 YD RUN (MATT STOVER KICK) |
Drive: 8 plays, 30 yds, 3:47