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Browns trail at halftime

Posted Sep 27, 2012

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens held a 9-7 lead over the Cleveland Browns at halftime of Thursday night’s game from M&T Bank Stadium.

BALTIMORE -- With a first-quarter touchdown and second-quarter field goal, the Baltimore Ravens built a 9-7 halftime lead over the Cleveland Browns in tonight’s game from M&T Bank Stadium.

Down by two scores, late in the first half, the Browns went to rookie running back Trent Richardson, who scored a one-yard rushing touchdown and capped off an 11-play, 94-yard drive that took 4:52 off the second quarter clock and drew the team to within two points of the Ravens.

With the score, Richardson became the first Browns running back with a rushing touchdown in three straight games since Peyton Hillis during the 2010 season. He is the first Cleveland rookie since Eric Metcalf (1989) to accomplish the feat.

Ravens rookie kicker Justin Tucker kicked a 45-yard field goal and extended his team’s advantage to 9-0 over the Browns with 10:03 remaining in the first half.

Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco engineered a 32-yard drive, but could not convert two long passes and the team was forced to attempt the long field goal.

Earlier in the half, Flacco delivered an 18-yard pass to second-year wide receiver Torrey Smith over the Browns’ defense and built a 6-0 lead with 12:57 left in the first quarter.

Flacco’s pass capped off a six-play, 85-yard drive. He went four-for-four on the drive for 87 yards with the touchdown.

The Ravens could not convert the extra point as the snap slipped through the hands of holder Sam Koch.

The Browns and Ravens played a scoreless first quarter, as the teams traded five punts, turnovers and field position throughout the first 15 minutes of play.

Just five plays after the Browns lost possession of the football on a fumbled punt return by Joshua Cribbs, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw an interception to linebacker Craig Robertson in the end zone with 3:21 left in the first quarter. It was Flacco’s first interception in the red zone since Dec. 7, 2009 at the Green Bay Packers. He had not thrown a red zone interception in 125 consecutive pass attempts.

Flacco took the snap on second-and-three from Cleveland’s 10-yard line and threw toward veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin. However, Robertson dropped back into coverage and registered his second interception of the season.

The interception of Flacco tied Robertson with middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson for the team lead.

Earlier in the first half, Cribbs fielded a 54-yard punt from Koch and returned it 14 yards. However, Cribbs lost the ball on the play and Ravens inside linebacker Jameel McClain recovered the fumble at Cleveland’s 40-yard line with 5:07 remaining in the first quarter.

Cribbs was hit in the side of the helmet by the shoulder of Ravens inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and fell to the ground. After the fumble, Cribbs’ helmet was dislodged and the two-time Pro Bowler hit his head on the turf.

Cribbs walked off the field with assistance from Cleveland’s medical staff.