CLEVELAND (WJW) — the Browns and Ravens played an immediate classic in front of a national television audience Monday night.
Baltimore broke a 42-all tie with 7 seconds left as Justin Tucker entered a game-winning 55-yard field goal for the Ravens for the winning margin. The team won 47-42 in the end.
“This team is fighting. I’m really proud of them, but we have to be better, ” Brown quarterback Baker Mayfield said after the game.
Both teams scored 20 points in the final 2 minutes of the game before the Ravens escaped with the win.
Mayfield said the team left a lot of points on the board in the first half, but it was an interception he threw in the third quarter that opened the door for the Ravens to take the lead 34-20.
It was Mayfield’s first interception after five games without one. But after the interception, the Browns were galvanized and fired back. Mayfield threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to Rashard Higgins to cut the lead to 34-28.
Mayfield then scored in a five-yard Cleveland touchdown run to lead with 6: 33 left, 35-34.
Lamar Jackson, who went to lockeroom and missed two runs, returned to the field and threw a 44-yard touchdown pass to Marquise Brown. That gave Baltimore a 42-35 lead.
“He’s a great player, “said head coach Kevin Stefanski, who congratulated the former NFL MVP saying,” he made a series of games. We flashed and he made a game.”
Although it fell 42-35, Mayfield led the Browns to the field and hit Kareem Hunt on a 22-yard touchdown. The extra point did it for everyone, but there was too much time on the clock for the Crows to pull them out. Jackson drove them 38 yards in six games in less than a minute to set up the 55-yarder Tucker, who shared the posts, and sank the hearts of Browns fans everywhere.
Cleveland is now 9-4 and has a 4-game winning streak.
“Obviously, I’m very disappointed. We weren’t clean enough to win,” Coach Stefanski said.
The Browns travel east Sunday night and play again on national television against the Giants under the lights.