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Ravens Drop Embarrassing 12-9 Overtime Loss to Browns

October 07, 2018 - 5:11 pm
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By Joe Schiller

It really doesn’t get much uglier than that.

The Baltimore Ravens should have handled an inferior opponent like the Cleveland Browns on the road but instead – the exact opposite. They lost 12-9 in overtime at the hands of a 37-yard knuckleball kick from Greg Joseph.

In classic AFC North fashion, this was an ugly game across the board. The stat sheet may not show it with over 400 yards offense for each team but don’t let that fool you.

The Ravens squandered multiple scoring opportunities. Tavon Young’s interception on Baker Mayfield early in the first set Joe Flacco and the offense up on the Browns’ 33-yard line but they last just four plays and seven yards to settle for a Justin Tucker field goal.

Four drives later, holding on to a 3-0 lead and facing a second-and-goal from the two-yard line, Flacco’s pass was intercepted by Denzel Ward. A game that could have been 10-0 quickly became 6-3 in favor of the Browns.

Flacco finished 29-of-56 for 298 yards and the interception. 

Baker Mayfield’s 19-yard touchdown pass to Rashard Higgins gave the Browns a three-point halftime lead and Greg Joseph’s missed extra point kept things alive.

Stalled drives, a Buck Allen fumble and plenty of dropped passes limited the Ravens’ offense to just two field goals in the second half. Tucker’s 32-yard kick tied the game at 9-9 with 56 seconds to play and the Browns were given a chance to win the game.

Joseph’s 55-yard field goal sailed wide left, forcing overtime, but the rookie kicker would soon redeem himself.  The Ravens forced a punt and turnover on downs – amid a controversial pass interference no-call – during the extra period but totaled just 38 yards of offense.

Their final drive of the game lasted three plays for zero yards and took just 25 seconds off the clock. And Baltimore’s inability to capitalize on field position came back to haunt them.

Baker Mayfield showed why he's the No. 1 overall pick. He engineered a seven-play, 65-yard game-winning drive and his crucial third-down conversion pass to Derrick Willies fueled the fire. 

The Browns found themselves in plus territory on the Baltimore 19-yard line and Joseph’s kick, which may have been one of the ugliest makes in NFL history, sailed just over the crossbar as FirstEnergy Stadium erupted in chaos.

Following the loss, the Ravens drop to 3-2 and finish out a grueling three-game road trip in Tennessee to take on the Titans.

The Titans head into next week's game with a similar feeling coming off an embarrassing loss of their own at the hands of the Buffalo Bills on a last-second field goal.