Veteran quarterback Josh McCown passed for 457 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Cleveland Browns to a 33-30 comeback win in overtime over the Baltimore Ravens on Oct. 11 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.
Baltimore Ravens strong safety Will Hill (33) tries to break up a pass attempt to Cleveland Browns tight end Gary Barnidge, back center, in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015, in Baltimore. Barnidge re-gained possession and scored a touchdown on the play. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
The loss drops the Ravens record to 1-4 overall, their worst start to a season in eight years.
Baltimore started the game out strong, taking a 14-9 into halftime and even led 21-9 midway through the third quarter. Joe Flacco scored all three of the Ravens’ first three touchdowns, including two rushing scores and an eight-yard touchdown pass. But then McCown and the Browns’ offense took over the game, scoring three touchdowns in the second half to pull off the comeback.
It didn’t help the Ravens defense that they lost two of their best players in pass-rusher Elvis Dumervil (groin) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (thigh). Both players left the game in the second quarter and didn’t return. McCown then picked the Ravens’ secondary apart with both short and long passes as he completed 36 of 51 pass attempts for 457 yards and two touchdowns, including a 22-yard touchdown pass to running back Isaiah Crowell that gave Cleveland the lead late in the fourth quarter. McCown also ran in for a touchdown score.
The Ravens still had a chance to win the game as they made a field goal in the final minute to tie the score at 30-30 and force overtime. They even won the coin toss to receive the ball to start the overtime period, but did absolutely nothing offensively in their lone possession and were forced to punt to Cleveland. McCown then drove the Browns down the field to set up an easy 32-yard field goal to win the game.
Flacco sorely missed his star receiver, Steve Smith Sr., who didn’t suit up to play after suffering a back injury last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Without Smith, Flacco completed only 19 of 35 pass attempts for 210 yards and one touchdown. Veteran receiver Kamar Aiken filled in for Smith as the top option at receiver, but only caught four passes for 78 yards and dropped what would have been a wide-open touchdown pass from Flacco.
Ravens running back Justin Forsett did have a strong performance, despite the loss. Forsett finished with 121 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries.
Next – Baltimore will travel to San Francisco, Calif. to take on the 49ers (1-3) on Oct. 18. Kickoff set for 4:25 p.m.