Game Recap: Ravens 14, Browns 6

Posted Sep 15, 2013

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Cleveland Browns, 14-6, in Sunday’s AFC North game at M&T Bank Stadium.

BALTIMORE -- Two second-half touchdowns gave the Baltimore Ravens just enough of a lead, as they improved to 1-1 on the season with a 14-6 win over the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium Sunday.

Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco threw a five-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Marlon Brown and extended the Ravens’ lead over the Browns to 14-6 with 8:57 to play in regulation. Flacco engineered the eight-play, 42-yard drive, and converted two third-down situations, first a third-and-10 from the Browns’ 42-yard line, and then, a third-and-eight from Cleveland’s 24.

The Ravens held a 7-6 lead over the Browns after three quarters of play. The Ravens took their first lead of the game when running back Bernard Pierce rushed for a five-yard touchdown with 5:13 to play in the third quarter.

Pierce’s run capped off a 12-play, 80-yard drive that took 5:50 off the third-quarter clock. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco went three-for-three for 40 yards on the drive, and all three of his passes were on third-down plays.

To start the half, the Ravens forced the Browns to punt after they had moved the ball the 18 to their 47-yard line. On the ensuing punt, Browns punter Spencer Lanning appeared to have pinned the Ravens at the one-yard line. However, the ball was downed by a Brown who was already in the end zone.

On the strength of two Billy Cundiff field goals, the Browns held a 6-0 halftime lead over the Ravens.

With two seconds remaining in the first half, Cundiff lined up for and drilled a 51-yard field goal through the goal posts in the Northeast end zone.

The Browns led the Ravens, 3-0, after one quarter of play after Cundiff converted a 21-yard field goal attempt on fourth-and-goal from Baltimore’s three-yard line with 8:40 to play in the first period.

The Browns’ five-play, 57-yard scoring drive got off to a quick start when quarterback Brandon Weeden ran a play-action fake and found tight end Jordan Cameron down the field for a gain of 53 yards on the first play from scrimmage.

On their first drive of the game, the Ravens moved the ball from their own 20-yard line to the Browns’ 32, but stalled and tried a 50-yard field goal. Justin Tucker’s attempt sailed wide right and the game remained scoreless with 11:07 left in the first quarter.

Earlier in the drive, Browns rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo registered his first career sack, a nine-yard loss on a hit of Flacco.

Tucker pushed a second attempt wide right with 31 seconds remaining in the first half.

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