Baltimore Ravens smash the Browns, inch closer to the playoffs


The big story of this game was the turnovers that gave the purple and black separation in this game. The 96-yard TD drive was the longest for the Cleveland since a 98-yard TD drive in 2010 against Kansas City according to

Holding on to a tenuous seven-point lead at halftime, the Ravens took control of the game with their special teams and defense.

Through the first quarter, the Browns had no net yards of total offense and negative 12 passing yards.

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Baltimore promptly responded with a 75-yard touchdown drive, a possession that was jump-started by a 30-yard Wallace catch and punctuated by a Flacco touchdown run.

The former Coastal Carolina wide receiver was signed this week by the Cleveland Browns off the Indianapolis Colts practice squad and is eligible to be active for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens, though he is nursing a hamstring injury.

This was one of the best performances for Joe Flacco. LINE: Ravens -7. O/U: 40. Collins was stuffed for no yards on third-and-goal from the 1. Kizer threw into triple coverage and was intercepted by Ravens cornerback Brandon Carr in the back of the endzone with 11:07 left in the fourth quarter.

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A Cleveland Browns fan watches during the second half of an NFL football game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, in Cleveland.

Earlier in the scoring drive Isaiah Crowell had a 59-yard run to get the Browns into Ravens territory. It was Flacco's first rushing touchdowns this season. In the second quarter he was 7-9 for 81 yards. Flacco hit on some key plays down the middle of the field at all levels, completing 18-of-25 for 208 yards and his touchdown passes on throws targeted between the numbers.

Browns kicker Zane Gonzalez made a 45-yard field goal as time expired in the second quarter to cut the Ravens' lead to 17-10.

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