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