Ravens overcome early errors to beat Browns

A bizarre, error-strewn second quarter saw Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson picked off on three consecutive drives, as well as Jarvis Landry and Baker Mayfield cough up fumbles for the Browns – the five turnovers taking place within the space of just 17 plays and less than three minutes

Last Updated: 29/11/21 6:50am

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Watch highlights from the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens from Sunday night during Week 12 of the NFL season
Watch highlights from the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens from Sunday night during Week 12 of the NFL season

The Baltimore Ravens overcame four Lamar Jackson interceptions – three thrown in the second quarter – to earn a 16-10 win their AFC North-rival Cleveland Browns on Sunday night.

Story of the Game

In a bizarre, error-strewn second quarter, Jackson was picked off on three consecutive drives. But the Browns too had their own problems on offense, with Jarvis Landry and Baker Mayfield both coughing up fumbles in the same quarter – the five turnovers all taking place within the space of just 17 plays and less than three minutes of action.

Denzel Ward, Grant Delpit, Ronnie Harrison Jr., and John Johnson later in the fourth quarter, came down with the interceptions for the Browns, while rookie Odafe Oweh and Patrick Queen recovered the fumbles for the Ravens.

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At the end of the sloppy first half, Baltimore held a slender 6-3 lead, though Jackson would come out a new man immediately after the break, leading his team on a 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive capped with a stunning scramble to avoid pressure and scoring strike from 35 yards out to Mark Andrews in the endzone.

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Lamar Jackson slings a fadeaway touchdown pass to tight end Mark Andrews from 23 yards behind the line of scrimmage!
Lamar Jackson slings a fadeaway touchdown pass to tight end Mark Andrews from 23 yards behind the line of scrimmage!

The Browns answered back later in the third quarter as Mayfield found his tight end David Njoku with a 20-yard touchdown pass to again make it a three-point game.

Jackson was then intercepted for a career-high fourth time on Baltimore’s next possession, but Cleveland couldn’t capitalise as both offenses continued to struggle for the rest of the contest – the Ravens limiting the Browns’ second-ranked rushing unit in the league to just 40 total yards on 17 carries.

Justin Tucker’s third field goal of the game, a 49-yarder with one minute and 10 seconds remaining, gave the Ravens a six-point lead and the defense held out thereafter to secure the win.

Stats leaders

Browns

  • Passing: Baker Mayfield, 18/37, 247 yards, 1 TD
  • Rushing: Kareem Hunt, seven carries, 20 yards
  • Nick Chubb, eight carries, 16 yards
  • Receiving: Jarvis Landry, six catches, 111 yards
Lamar Jackson struggled against the Cleveland Browns defense but still managed to pull out a win for the Baltimore Ravens
Lamar Jackson struggled against the Cleveland Browns defense but still managed to pull out a win for the Baltimore Ravens

Ravens

  • Passing: Lamar Jackson, 20/32, 165 yards, 1 TD, 4 INTs
  • Rushing: Lamar Jackson, 17 carries, 68 yards
  • Devonta Freeman, 16 carries, 52 yards
  • Receiving: Mark Andrews, four catches, 65 yards, 1 TD
  • Marquise Brown, eight catches, 51 yards

Scoring Summary

Scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER
Browns 0-3 Ravens Justin Tucker 52-yard field goal
SECOND QUARTER
Browns 0-6 Ravens Justin Tucker 25-yard field goal
Browns 3-6 Ravens Chase McLaughlin 46-yard field goal
THIRD QUARTER
Browns 3-13 Ravens Lamar Jackson 13-yard TD pass to Mark Andrews (extra point)
Browns 10-13 Ravens Baker Mayfield 20-yard TD pass to David Njoku (extra point)
FOURTH QUARTER
Browns 10-16 Ravens Justin Tucker 49-yard field goal

What’s Next?

The two teams meet again in a fortnight’s time, with the Browns (6-6) now heading into their bye week before hosting the Ravens (8-4) in Week 14.

In between, Baltimore have the small matter of another AFC North divisional matchup as they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers (5-5-1) next Sunday.

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Source : Sky Sports