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Tough loss for Ravens— Browns 24, Baltimore 18….

Jason Campbell… a difference-maker for the Cleveland Browns… Stop the press!

 Mis-played by the Ravens FYI book, the Cleveland offense behind Campbell stole the show. 

Jason Campbell threw three touchdown passes — two to Davone Bess — and the Browns ended an 11-game losing streak against Baltimore, beating the Ravens 24-18 on Sunday.

Campbell's 3-yard pass to Bess on fourth down with three minutes left helped the Browns (4-5) seal their first win over Baltimore since 2007. A week ago, Bess dropped a pass in a similar situation in the closing minutes of a loss at Kansas City.

The Ravens (3-5) lost their third straight and didn't win in the week following a bye for the first time in six tries under coach John Harbaugh.

Baltimore's Joe Flacco had a pair of TD passes to rookie Marlon Brown, but the Super Bowl MVP couldn't rally the Ravens, who made too many mistakes and are in danger of missing the playoffs.

Making his second straight start after Brandon Weeden was benched, Campbell completed 23 of 35 passes for 262 yards. The nine-year veteran was at his best in the closing minutes, when the Browns ran 6:30 off the clock to finish off the Ravens, who have lost four of five.

Campbell, who briefly left the game in the first half with a rib injury, evaded pressure before making his big completion to Bess and later alertly flipped the ball to running back Chris Ogbonnaya to set up Billy Cundiff's 22-yard field goal with 14 seconds left to put the Browns ahead by six.

The Ravens had one last chance, but running back Ray Rice was tackled near midfield as the Browns beat Baltimore for the first time since Flacco and Harbaugh arrived. Browns wide receiver Greg Little had seven catches for 122 yards.

Flacco finished 24 of 41 for 250 yards, but Baltimore's offense sputtered most of the game against Cleveland's vastly improved defense.

Down 21-10 and running out of time, Flacco connected with Brown for a 7-yard TD with 12:09 left and then hit him again for the 2-point conversion to cut Cleveland's lead to three. Tandon Doss, who earlier fumbled away a punt, set up the score with a 36-yard return that sparked the Ravens.

But it was the Browns who made the big plays in the closing minutes, none more important than Bess' grab as coach Rob Chudzinski went for it on fourth down with 3:12 left.

The Browns capitalized on a muffed punt by Doss to open a 21-10 lead in the third as Campbell threw a 4-yard TD pass to Gary Barnidge with 5:11 left. Baltimore's defense was uncharacteristically confused during the sequence as the Ravens were penalized for having 12 men on the field and Barnidge was able to slip away from the line uncovered.

After looking dysfunctional for most of the first half, the Ravens came alive in the final minute and pulled to 14-10 on Flacco's 19-yard TD pass to Marlon Brown, an undrafted free agent, with nine seconds left.

Jason Campbell's second TD pass to Bess gave the Browns a 14-3 lead in the second quarter. On 3rd-and-3 from the 20, Campbell a hit a wide-open Bess over the middle and the wide receiver did the rest, faking out cornerback Lardarius Webb at the 10 before sprinting into the end zone and then celebrating by slapping hands with Browns fans reaching over the railing.

A week ago, Bess had a hard time finding any friends in Cleveland. His critical fumble on a punt return and a dropped pass in the final minutes denied the Browns any chance of rallying to upset the unbeaten Chiefs. Bess, who entered the game tied for the league lead in drops, didn't make any excuses for the miserable performance and vowed to atone for his mistakes.

In the first quarter, Bess caught a 1-yard TD pass from Campbell, fighting off two defenders to haul in the throw at the goal line after Chudzinski rolled the dice and went for it on 4th-and-goal.

The Ravens trimmed Cleveland's lead to 7-3 on Justin Tucker's 51-yard field goal. But it was all downhill from there for Baltimore, who is now being cross-examined by its fanbase as to what the heck the team did during its bye week to prepare for Jason Campbell and the Browns.

Team Stat Comparison

 
BAL
 
CLE
 
1st Downs 18 19
Passing 1st downs
11 11
Rushing 1st downs
6 4
1st downs from Penalties
1 4
3rd down efficiency
7-16 4-15
4th down efficiency
1-1 2-2
Total Plays 67 68
Total Yards 278 315
Yards per play 4.1 4.6
Total Drives 12 12
Passing 223 242
Comp – Att
24-41 24-37
Yards per pass
5.4 6.5
Interceptions thrown
1 0
Sacks – Yards Lost
5-27 3-18
Rushing 55 73
Rushing Attempts
21 28
Yards per rush
2.6 2.6
Red Zone (Made-Att) 2-2 2-3
Penalties 9-80 6-55
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles lost
1 1
Interceptions thrown
1 0
Defensive / Special Teams TDs 0 0
Possession 29:10 30:50

 

Baltimore Passing
  C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT SACKS QBR RTG
Team 24/41 223 5.4 2 1 5-27
J. Flacco 24/41 250 6.1 2 1 5-27 56.1 82.4

 

 

Cleveland Passing

  C/ATT YDS AVG TD INT SACKS QBR RTG
Team 24/37 242 6.5 3 0 3-18
J. Campbell 23/35 262 7.5 3 0 3-18 76.5 116.6
B. Weeden 1/2 -2 -1.0 0 0 0-0 1.4 56.2

 

Baltimore Rushing
  CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Team 21 55 2.6 0 15
J. Flacco 3 25 8.3 0 15
R. Rice 11 17 1.5 0 5
B. Pierce 6 11 1.8 0 7
V. Leach 1 2 2.0 0 2

 

Cleveland Rushing
  CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Team 28 73 2.6 0 12
W. McGahee 21 31 1.5 0 7
J. Campbell 3 20 6.7 0 12
F. Whittaker 2 11 5.5 0 11
J. Gordon 1 10 10.0 0 10
M. Gray 1 1 1.0 0 1

 

Baltimore Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
Team 24 250 10.4 2 46 41
T. Smith 5 78 15.6 0 46 8
M. Brown 5 54 10.8 2 19 9
T. Doss 2 29 14.5 0 23 4
J. Jones 4 27 6.8 0 9 8
D. Thompson 3 24 8.0 0 10 4
R. Rice 3 21 7.0 0 18 4
D. Clark 1 14 14.0 0 14 1
E. Dickson 1 3 3.0 0 3 3

 

Cleveland Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD LG TGTS
Team 24 260 10.8 3 46 37
G. Little 7 122 17.4 0 46 9
J. Gordon 3 44 14.7 0 27 7
C. Ogbonnaya 5 39 7.8 0 17 6
D. Bess 3 24 8.0 2 20 4
F. Whittaker 3 13 4.3 0 8 4
A. Edwards 1 10 10.0 0 10 1
G. Barnidge 1 4 4.0 1 4 1
J. Cameron 1 4 4.0 0 4 5

 

Baltimore Defensive
  TACKLES MISC
  TOT SOLO SACKS TFL PD QB HTS TD
Team 68 46 2 4 4 6 0
D. Smith 9 7 1 1 1 2 0
C. Graham 8 6 0 0 1 0 0
T. Suggs 7 4 1 1 0 1 0
L. Webb 6 5 0 0 1 0 0
J. Ihedigbo 6 3 0 0 0 0 0
J. McClain 5 4 0 0 0 0 0
J. Smith 4 4 0 0 0 0 0
A. Jones 4 2 0 0 0 1 0
H. Ngata 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
C. Canty 3 2 0 0 0 1 0
T. Cody 2 2 0 1 0 0 0
M. Elam 2 2 0 1 0 0 0
C. Brown 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
C. Upshaw 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Miles 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Jones 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
P. McPhee 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
B. Williams 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Bynes 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
A. Brown 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

 

Thomas Jackson

About Thomas Jackson

Jax Sports Media has been reporting on NFL teams in the mid-Atlantic region since 2006. Thomas Jackson is its senior writer. Tom started covering the Philadelphia Eagles for the MVN Network in 2007. In 2009 he joined the Bloguin Network. He now also covers the Baltimore Ravens.

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