- Associated Press - Sunday, December 26, 2010

CLEVELAND | Ed Reed was on fire, and not because of his two interceptions.

Trying to cope on a biting, blustery day, Baltimore’s star safety moved too close to a sideline heater and had his oversized jacket ignite.

“Someone yelled, ‘Reed, you’re on fire’,” he said.

There was no panic, no alarm, no worries. The Ravens were moments away from a playoff-clinching 20-10 win on Sunday.

Reed laughed.

“I just took it off,” he said, smiling.

Reed, as cool as they come, picked off rookie Colt McCoy twice and damaged Browns bruising running back Peyton Hillis with a hard hit on Cleveland’s second play as the Ravens (11-4) clinched a postseason berth for the third straight season and stayed tied atop the AFC North.

Joe Flacco threw two touchdown passes, Ray Lewis and the rest of Baltimore’s tenacious defense backed up some pregame trash talk by bottling up Hillis and the Ravens remained tied with Pittsburgh with one game left.

Lewis had promised Hillis would not repeat his 144-yard performance against Baltimore in Week 3, and the big back didn’t come close, rushing for 35 yards on 12 carries. On his second attempt, Hillis was already going down when Reed came flying in and delivered a crushing blow.

Hillis wasn’t the same, and neither were the Browns (5-10).

It was a typical outing for Reed, the five-time Pro Bowler who upped his career interception total to 52 and spent the day making life miserable for McCoy, who got duped into a few bad throws by one of the best big-play playmakers in NFL history.

Ed is just Ed,” said Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, who threw Cleveland’s only TD pass on a gadget play.

McCoy threw three interceptions and the Browns did little to help embattled coach Eric Mangini, who fell to 10-21 in two seasons and is awaiting a postseason review by president Mike Holmgren. Mangini’s cause may be hurt by questionable clock management to end the first half and a failed onside kick to open the second.

“What killed us were the turnovers and the mistakes,” Mangini said. “The Ravens are very difficult to beat when you play flawless football. When you turn the ball over as many times as we did, it makes it really, really difficult.”

Flacco threw a 15-yard TD to T.J. Houshmandzadeh in the second quarter and a 22-yarder to Derrick Mason in third as the Ravens built a 20-10 lead and turned things over to their stingy defense, led by Lewis.

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