The Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens faced off in an AFC North showdown on Thursday Night Football. The game came down to the wire as the Browns came close to capping off a comeback to force overtime but their late run came up short of the endzone. In the end, Baltimore held on for the 23-16 win over Cleveland.
Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden had the ball in his hands for the final play of the game but he tossed a horrendous pass that sailed a good ten yards over anyone’s heads and out of the back of the endzone.
The game-winning touchdown came from Ravens cornerback Cary Williams intercepted Weeden and scampered 63-yards to put the Ravens up 23-10.
For the Baltimore offense, Flacco led the way with 356 yards passing on 28-of-46 passing. Flacco tossed one touchdown and ran for another. He also threw for an interception of his own.
The Browns didn’t have many bright spots on offense but rookie running back Trent Richardson and kicker Phil Dawson led the way for Cleveland. Richardson racked up 104 total yards and a touchdown. Dawson kept the game close with two long field goals — 50 yards and 52 yards — to bring the game within a score.
While the team that many expected to win ended with the victory, it was much closer than anyone could have imagined. Was it a good sign for the progress of the Browns and a reason for concern for the Ravens or was it just a close game contested by two teams who are very familiar with each other?