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Little learns importance of each play

Posted Sep 30, 2012

Browns wide receiver Greg Little knows that games in the NFL can come down to one play.

The Cleveland Browns ran 70 offensive plays and gained 357 yards of total offense in their 23-16 loss to the Baltimore Ravens Thursday night.

Browns wide receiver Greg Little caught four of the 10 passes he was targeted with for a team-leading 77 yards. Little averaged 19.3 yards per reception, but dropped a third-down pass over the middle that would have given the Browns a first-and-goal inside Baltimore’s five-yard line in the fourth quarter.

“You can play 70 plays and a game comes down to one or two plays and those one or two plays have to be made to win the game,” Little said. “It comes down to that last three to eight plays where you’ve got to make a spectacular effort of some sort.

“In this league, there aren’t any blowouts. Games are, oftentimes, decided in the fourth quarter in the last two minutes. We just have to find whatever it is to make those one or two plays to win the game.”

Led by quarterback Brandon Weeden, the Browns’ passing game gained 320 yards against the Ravens. The 320 yards was the second-highest total in Weeden’s career, second only to the Browns’ rookie record of 322 yards he threw for in a 34-27 loss at the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium in Week Two.

Weeden was sacked just once for a six-yard loss, but hit eight times by the Ravens’ aggressive 3-4 defense.

“He’s very resilient in standing in the pocket and hanging in there and taking some shots and knowing when they’re going to go all-out blitz,” Little said of Weeden. “I think he was very resilient in that aspect.”

Weeden completed 25 of 52 attempts, spread the ball to nine different receivers in the setback and led the Browns back to within one score of the Ravens after they built two-score advantages on three separate occasions.

“We’re going to make progress each and every week because guys are going to come out here and battle every week and spill their guts, but it just comes down to making a spectacular play,” Little said. “I’m going to make progress week-in and week-out.”