Haden offered no excuses.
“When he broke inside, I was coming down to make sure he didn’t get the first down,” Haden said. “He spun out on me. I took a bad angle, and he made a really good move.”
Cleveland had plenty of time left and two timeouts. But facing a 4th-and-2 at his 28, Browns coach Pat Shurmur, who chose to punt two weeks ago at Indianapolis in similar circumstances, decided to go for it with 3:53 remaining. However, Weeden’s pass for Greg Little was incomplete, and the Ravens took over.
“I felt like we had a play that we liked, and we didn’t execute it,” Shurmur said.
Baltimore’s Justin Tucker kicked a 43-yard field goal to put the Ravens up by 10.
The Browns’ last chance ended when safety Ed Reed intercepted Weeden, who went 20 of 37 for 176 yards and two interceptions.
“We had a chance.” Weeden said. “We just couldn’t finish it.”
Flacco finished 15 of 24 for 153 yards. He completed his first 10 passes, but Cleveland’s defense shut him and the Ravens down for most of the second half until the final TD drive.
“We started fast and finished strong,” Harbaugh said. “In the middle? Eh, it was iffy. But we came together at the end to win. “I was thinking (when the Ravens were struggling, ‘This is not good. It would be nice to get a first down. They didn’t do anything different. They just did it better. The play to Anquan got us going.”
Rice had 98 yards and an 8-yard TD run and Bernard Pierce scored from 12 yards as the Ravens jumped to a quick 14-0 lead.
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