The Browns' first win of the 2017 season will have to come away from FirstEnergy Stadium.
Cleveland finished its home slate Sunday with a 27-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The loss dropped the Browns to 0-14 with two games remaining at Chicago and Pittsburgh.
Cleveland held a brief lead after a second-quarter touchdown by Duke Johnson Jr., but the Ravens, who needed a win to remain in the hunt for an AFC Wild Card playoff berth, quickly turned the tide with back-to-back scores to build a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
DeShone Kizer was limited to negative passing yards in the first quarter and was tested from start to finish by one of the league's best defenses. He was 20-of-37 for 146 yards with two interceptions and a costly third-quarter fumble that was recovered by Baltimore's Brandon Williams for a touchdown. [
Isaiah Crowell (five carries for 72 yards) led a Browns rushing attack that finished with 130 yards but had a minimal impact beyond the team's lone touchdown drive. Josh Gordon led all Browns receivers with five catches for 47 yards.
Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco, who struggled in the early part of the season, had his third straight game of more than 265 passing yards and multiple touchdowns. He had one through the air and another on the ground, finishing with 288 yards on 26-of-42 passing. Mike Wallace was his favorite target (six receptions, 89 yards) while Baltimore's running backs and tight ends accounted for 17 catches for 151 yards.
The Browns didn't crack positive passing yardage until the late part of the second quarter, but one impressive drive of running resulted in the game's first touchdown.
After a much-needed goal-line stand, Crowell busted loose for 59 yards. Johnson and Kizer chipped away at the stingy Ravens' defense for a few more before Johnson found the end zone on a 12-yard run. Johnson's sixth touchdown of the season capped a 96-yard drive and gave Cleveland a 7-3 lead with 8:12.
It lasted only a few minutes.
Baltimore promptly responded with a 75-yard touchdown drive, a possession that was jump-started by a 30-yard Wallace catch and punctuated by a Flacco touchdown run.
And while the Browns survived Kizer's first interception without surrendering any points, they weren't as fortunate on the second turnover. A Johnson fumble set up the Ravens in Browns territory with less than 2 minutes to play in the first half, and Baltimore just needed three plays to get back in the end zone. Flacco's 33-yard touchdown pass to tight end Ben Watson gave the Ravens a 17-7 lead.
A Zane Gonzalez 45-yard field goal, which was set up by a Corey Coleman 16-yard catch with two seconds remaining in the half, made the score 17-10 at the half.
Baltimore's defense took control in the second half and put the game out of reach when Za'Darius Smith strip-sacked Kizer inside the Browns' end zone. Nose tackle Brandon Williams fell on it for the Ravens' sixth defensive touchdown of the season.
Kizer's fumble was the third of Cleveland's four turnovers on a day Baltimore did not surrender a single one.
Cleveland travels to Chicago next week for a Christmas Eve matchup at Soldier Field.
The Browns play the Baltimore Ravens in Week 15.