Final

Ravens 37

(5-3, 2-2 away)

Browns 27

(3-5, 1-3 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 2, 2008

FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH 

1 2 3 4 T
BAL 10 3 7 1737
CLE 7 6 14 027

Top Performers

Passing: J. Flacco (BAL) - 248 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: R. Rice (BAL) - 21 CAR, 154 YDS

Receiving: D. Mason (BAL) - 9 REC, 136 YDS, 1 TD

Stover's steady foot helps Ravens charge back late in Cleveland

Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- His fiery, fearsome eyes scanned Baltimore's sideline looking for any teammate who didn't believe a comeback was possible.

Ray Lewis wasn't giving up, and he wasn't about to let the Ravens quit either.

Fast Facts

• The Ravens scored 24 unanswered points to erase a 14-point deficit while matching their 2007 win total, improving to 5-3 on the season.

• During the three-game win streak, Joe Flacco has thrown for 620 yards (206.7 passing YPG), four touchdowns and zero interceptions.

• The 37 points is the second most the Ravens have ever scored in a road game and the most since scoring 41, also at Cleveland in November 1999. In fact, three of the Ravens top five road scoring games have been at Cleveland.

• Baltimore outrushed Cleveland by a 193-64 margin.

-- ESPN research

• Rapid Reaction

"He told the whole team, 'We're going to win this game,'" linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "You could see the truth in his eyes."

Inspired by their emotional middle linebacker's words, the Ravens scored 24 unanswered points in the final 16 minutes and rallied for a 37-27 win over the up-and-down Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Matt Stover kicked three field goals, rookie quarterback Joe Flacco threw two touchdown passes and first-year running back Ray Rice ran for 154 yards to lead the Ravens (5-3), who seemed to be in big trouble when they fell behind 27-13 in the third quarter. But with Lewis leading the way, Baltimore bounced back and won its third straight.

"Ray Lewis is the greatest general, the greatest leader -- hands down -- of our time," said Suggs, whose 42-yard interception return for a TD with 2:43 remaining put it away.

Lewis refused to take credit for the comeback, but knew his comments awakened the Ravens.

"I told every one of them, 'Look me in the eye,'" Lewis said. "I told them we are going to win this game. We have to believe that. Adversity builds character."

The Browns (3-5) had built their 14-point advantage thanks to return specialist Josh Cribbs' 92-yard kickoff return for a TD, two scoring passes by quarterback Derek Anderson and two field goals by Phil Dawson, who closed the first half by banging a career-long 54-yarder through the uprights.

But Cleveland collapsed and no play hurt more than wide receiver Braylon Edwards' drop of a certain long touchdown early in the fourth quarter with the score tied. By the time the ball slipped through his hands and fell to the ground, the Browns' promising season had fallen into serious jeopardy.

"We didn't finish," said running back Jamal Lewis, who was held to 49 yards on 19 attempts. "That's the lesson of the day -- finish."'

Stover, who ranks fifth in league scoring history, made field goals of 41, 32 and 22 yards.

Flacco, who threw touchdown passes to Mark Clayton and Derrick Mason, completed 17 of 29 passes for 248 yards. Mason, the sure-handed 13-year veteran, had nine catches for 136 yards and Rice, filling in for the injured Willis McGahee, had a breakout game that included a critical 60-yard run in the fourth to set up Stover's last field goal.

Flacco and Rice are getting better with each game, just as the Ravens had hoped.

"When they get drafted by the Baltimore Ravens, we expect them to play like that," rookie coach John Harbaugh said. "Are we surprised? No."

After Stover's third field goal made it 30-27 with 5:36 left, the Ravens' defense pressured Anderson, who threw the ball directly to Suggs. The linebacker snared the gift and raced untouched to the end zone where he taunted Cleveland's famed Dawg Pound bleacher section with a spike and dance.

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Anderson finished 17-of-33 for 219 yards but the Pro Bowler left the field with Browns fans screaming "Bra-dy! Bra-dy!" for popular backup Brady Quinn.

"I didn't want to hold onto it and take a sack," Anderson said of his ill-fated pass to Suggs. "I wish I would have handled that a little better, but I'm trying to win games."

Anderson may not have to worry about that pass if Edwards had come through.

After Flacco's 28-yard TD pass to Mason tied it at 27, Edwards got behind Baltimore's secondary on third down but the talented wide receiver failed to squeeze a perfectly thrown ball from Anderson while he was in full stride. It was the latest drop by the Pro Bowler, who has been plagued by them all season.

Edwards declined interview requests afterward.

The play summed up Cleveland's season, now on a downward spiral.

"It's always deflating when you don't make a play because we needed plays," Browns coach Romeo Crennel said. "It's deflating when they run the ball in for a touchdown. It's deflating when they throw the ball over your head. It's deflating when you don't make a catch in the open. It's deflating when you lose a game."

The Ravens led 10-0 when Cribbs caught Stover's kick at the 8 and took it all the way back for his fifth career kickoff return for a TD and first this season. Cribbs also brought a punt back 32 yards and finished with 237 return yards.

"He's tough," Stover said. "I kicked it left, right, popped it up and tried everything. He's that good."'

Game notes


The Ravens won despite missing three starters in their secondary as Chris McAllister, Samari Rolle and Dawan Landry sat out with injuries. ... Stover played in his 279th game, tying him with Bruce Smith for 12th all-time and he passed Jim Bakken for 13th place with 536 PATs. ... Cribbs' return total was the second most in team history, behind only his 245 at Baltimore last season. ... Browns TE Kellen Winslow had five catches one week after sitting out following a team-imposed, one-game suspension that was later dropped. ... Anderson had gone a career-best 132 passes without an interception before Suggs' pick. ... Browns OG Eric Steinbach left with a rib injury in the third quarter and did not return. ... Following the game, Browns fans mingled with 80,000 attendees at a rally for presidential candidate Barack Obama in downtown Cleveland that included Bruce Springsteen.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BAL
CLE
1st Downs2114
Passing 1st downs
1312
Rushing 1st downs
81
1st downs from penalties
01
3rd down efficiency
7-162-12
4th down efficiency
0-00-1
Total Plays7257
Total Yards429274
Yards per play6.04.8
Total Drives1316
Passing236210
Comp-Att
17-2917-33
Yards per pass
7.66.2
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-121-9
Rushing19364
Rushing Attempts
4123
Yards per rush
4.72.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-31-2
Penalties7-428-37
Turnovers02
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs11
Possession33:4526:15

Passing Leaders

BALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Flacco17/292488.6202-12
CLEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Anderson17/332196.6211-9

Rushing Leaders

BALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Rice211547.3060
McClain14342.419
CLECARYDSAVGTDLG
Lewis19492.607
Anderson284.006

Receiving Leaders

BALRECYDSAVGTDLG
Mason913615.1128
Clayton48721.8147
CLERECYDSAVGTDLG
Edwards48621.5128
Winslow56412.8020

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBALCLE
balFG10:43Matt Stover 41 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 9 plays, 19 yds, 3:21
30
balTD5:28Mark Clayton 47 Yard Pass From Joe Flacco (Matt Stover Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 47 yds, 0:49
100
cleTD5:19Josh Cribbs 92 Yard Kickoff Return (Phil Dawson Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 92 yds, 0:00
107
SECOND QUARTERBALCLE
cleFG5:53Phil Dawson 23 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 74 yds, 5:39
1010
balFG0:32Matt Stover 32 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 12 plays, 66 yds, 5:21
1310
cleFG0:07Phil Dawson 54 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 5 plays, 30 yds, 0:26
1313
THIRD QUARTERBALCLE
cleTD13:13Braylon Edwards 28 Yard Pass From Derek Anderson (Phil Dawson Kick is Good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 28 yds, 0:00
1320
cleTD6:17Jason Wright 7 Yard Pass From Derek Anderson (Phil Dawson Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 72 yds, 4:57
1327
balTD1:15Le'Ron Mcclain 1 Yard Run (Matt Stover Kick is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 79 yds, 4:57
2027
FOURTH QUARTERBALCLE
balTD14:07Derrick Mason 28 Yard Pass From Joe Flacco (Matt Stover Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 42 yds, 1:03
2727
balFG5:40Matt Stover 22 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 5 plays, 59 yds, 1:54
3027
balTD2:52Terrell Suggs 42 Yard Interception Return (Matt Stover Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 2 yds, 0:42
3727