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Browns drop home finale to streaking Ravens

Two minutes changed everything for the Browns on Sunday.

A 6-0 lead over the AFC North champions was wiped away in a flash, and Cleveland never recovered. The Ravens rattled off three unanswered touchdowns over the final part of the second quarter and the start of the third to take down the Browns, 31-15, in the team's last home game of the 2019 season. 

The loss officially eliminated the Browns from playoff contention and dropped them to 6-9 heading into next week's season finale at Cincinnati. With their 11th straight win, the Ravens moved to 13-2 and clinched a first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Like he's done all season, Lamar Jackson did it all for the Ravens, throwing for 238 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 103 yards and a number of key first downs. Baltimore finished with 243 yards on 40 attempts, marking the third straight game in which Cleveland surrendered at least 179 yards on the ground.

Baker Mayfield found the end zone twice through the air, including a 3-yarder to Odell Beckham Jr. that briefly cut Baltimore's lead to nine midway through the fourth quarter. Mayfield finished with 192 yards and a late interception on 20-of-33 passing.

Nick Chubb rushed for 45 yards, ending what was a 14-game streak of amassing at least 75 scrimmage yards. Jarvis Landry led Browns receivers with seven catches for 74 yards.

Check out photos of the Browns in action against the Ravens

Cleveland's defense did everything it could have hoped against the vaunted Baltimore offense through the game's first 28 minutes. The last 2 minutes and the second half just didn't follow suit, and that's why the Browns' 6-0 lead went away in a flash at the end of the first half and never resurfaced.

The Ravens didn't have any timeouts, and they didn't need them, as Jackson led a quick-strike, two-play drive to put Baltimore ahead with a wide-open Mark Andrews for a 39-yard touchdown pass. After the Browns went three-and-out on three consecutive incomplete passes on the ensuing possession, Baltimore mounted a similarly effective drive that ended with a 14-yard Andrews touchdown catch with 9 seconds left in the half.

Baltimore scored its third touchdown on as many possessions early in the second half when Jackson capped a 13-play, 69-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Mark Ingram.

Mayfield's 1-yard touchdown pass to Demetrius Harris with 11:53 left in the second quarter capped a nine-play, 45-yard Browns drive early in the second quarter that featured two Ravens penalties on fourth down and another on third down.

After Mayfield's touchdown pass to Beckham, the Browns went for a two-point conversion to try to slice down Baltimore's lead to seven. Mayfield's pass to Ricky Seals-Jones fell incomplete, and the Ravens promptly responded with a touchdown drive, capped by an 18-yard Justice Hill run, to put the game away.

The Browns finished the season 4-4 at FirstEnergy Stadium.

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