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1. This is already being regarded as one of the Baltimore Ravens’ most painful victories in franchise history, a 33-30 overtime loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium that ended a few minutes after a bizarre, confusing end to regulation. Browns kicker Phil Dawson’s 51-yard field goal hit the left upright then tapped the curved center support behind the crossbar before bouncing back into the end zone. The Ravens were already celebrating in their locker room and fans were hurrying toward the parking lots, believing they had won the football game as an official initially ruled it as no good. However, the officials ultimately ruled that the kick had gone through the uprights and called the teams back onto the field. The call appeared to be definitely correct and officials insisted to a pool reporter that they had not reviewed the play with video assistance, which is not allowed under the NFL rulebook. Shortly into overtime, Dawson hit a 33-yard field goal as Baltimore (4-6) was swept by the surging Browns (6-4). The Ravens have slumped to a four-game losing streak and are now winless in five division contests.
2. The Ravens overcame a 13-point deficit to manufacture a 30-27 lead on Matt Stover’s 47-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining. However, they continually made the mistake of kicking the ball to return specialist Josh Cribbs and didn’t contain him at all. He averaged 35 yards on seven kickoff returns, including a 50-yard return. Cribbs’ 39-return to the Browns’ 43-yard line led to Dawson’s game-tying field goal at the end of the fourth quarter. Then, the Ravens compounded the issue by kicking it to him again in overtime. He dashed 41 yards to Cleveland 41-yard line. Minutes later, it was over.
3. Trailing by 13 points with 13 minutes left, the Ravens scored 16 consecutive points led by quarterback Kyle Boller’s work on four fourth-quarter scoring drives against the league’s 32nd defense. Boller committed three turnovers and was sacked six times, but went 22 for 41 for 279 yards with one touchdown, two interceptions and a 63.0 rating. One of his interceptions was returned 100 yards for a touchdown, and it took Baltimore nearly 29 minutes to generate a first down.
4. Overshadowed in the loss: middle linebacker Ray Lewis’ 35-yard interception return for a touchdown in the second quarter, running back Willis McGahee’s 102 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries and wide receiver Devard Darling’s breakthrough game with four receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown.
5. Former Ravens quarterback Derek Anderson went 24 for 38 for 274 yards, no touchdown passes and one interception with one rushing touchdown. A huge mistake was safety Ed Reed fair-catching a punt at the 4-yard line with Sam Koch’s short punt returned 26 yards by Josh Cribbs to the Ravens’ 11-yard line to set up Anderson’s quarterback sneak for a touchdown.
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times and the Annapolis Capital.