Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE
The Baltimore Ravens played just well enough to win, holding off the Cleveland Browns 23-16.
The Baltimore Ravens played just well enough to win, holding off the Cleveland Browns 23-16. The game was not over until the game's final play, when Browns QB Brandon Weeden's pass fell incomplete. The game should have essentially been over the prior play when Weeden's fourth down pass also fell incomplete, but for some obvious non-thinking reason OLB Paul Kruger decided to commit a personal foul penalty, giving Cleveland one extra shot at the end zone.
The rain played a role in the game, especially in the third quarter when it fell the heaviest. However, while it didn't stop both QB Joe Flacco and Anquan Boldin from connecting on a regular basis, it didn't translate into enough points to put the game out of reach a lot earlier. Flacco hit on 28 of 46 passes for 356 yards and one 18-yard TD pass to WR Torrey Smith in the second quarter.
Boldin caught nine passes for 131 yards and Smith caught six for 97 more yards. Ray Rice had 49 rushing and 47 receiving yards and surprisingly, Bernard Pierce had one less rushing yard (48) on six carries. The team totaled 438 yards of offense, but it only translated into 16 points, with the other seven coming on a pick-six return for CB Cary Williams.
Browns QB Brandon Weeden had the best game of his four-game NFL career, as he threw for 320 on a 25 for 52 performance, with that one costly interception. The Ravens did shut down rookie RB Trent Richardson, who only had 47 rushing yards with his longest gain of the night just seven yards.
More to follow as we dissect the game tomorrow. However, a win is a win in the NFL and a 3-1 record will keep the Ravens atop the AFC North for at least another week.