The Ravens started the game like everyone expected and jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in the fourth quarter.
They made the game seem even more one-sided as they scored another ten unanswered points and had a 20-0 lead in the third quarter. Everything looked like the Ravens were going to have an easy win, but the Browns kick returner, Josh Cribbs, sparked the team with an 84-yard punt return for a touchdown.
That return seemed to change the momentum of the game. The Ravens offense couldn’t seem to get anything going and their defense couldn’t seem to get the Browns off the field. The Browns had a 12 play 80 yard drive in the fourth quarter that ended in a touchdown pass by Seneca Wallace. All of the sudden, the Browns were within one score of winning the game, and with the way that they were able to move the ball on the Ravens, a Browns win wasn’t all that unlikely.
The Ravens defense was able to stop the Browns on the next possession, but the Ravens offense couldn’t move the ball when they got back on the field and were about to give the ball back to the Browns with two minutes on the clock—plenty of time for a game winning drive.
Luckily for the Ravens, one of the Browns defensive lineman, Phil Taylor, gave the game to the Ravens by jumping off sides on fourth down—in what was a clear attempt by the Ravens simply to draw the Browns offsides. There’s no saying that the Browns would have won the gave had they gotten the ball back, but the Ravens were definitely happy that they didn’t have to find that out the hard way.
The Ravens are happy to have the win, but they certainly didn’t play their best football against the Browns. We always learn more about the Ravens whether they win or lose, so let’s take a look at what we learned about the Ravens after their 20-14 win over the Browns.