Heartbreaker: Browns fall 23-21 on final play

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CLEVELAND– The Browns were hoping to string together a two-game winning streak with a win on Sunday.

The Ravens struck first after taking the opening drive down the field in 12 plays, 55 yards; it lead to a Justin Tucker 38-yard field goal. The Browns quickly responded by driving 80 yards on 11 plays. The drive finished with a Terrance West 1-yard TD run. It was 7-3 Cleveland after the first quarter.

The only points scored in the second quarter belonged to the Baltimore Ravens; Kyle Juszczyk, a Medina native, caught a 9-yard pass from Joe Flacco to give the Ravens a 10-7 halftime lead.

At the half, Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer was 10-11 for 127 yards and a 114.8 QB rating. Rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel made an appearance in the game, handing off to Crowell for a 1-yard loss. He appeared to leave the field after that play, but was actually a part of the very next play. The Browns ran a trick play and Hoyer threw the ball to Manziel who was wide-open down the sideline; unfortunately RB Terrance West was flagged for an illegal shift, negating the play.

It was another big second half for the Browns. Isaiah Crowell rushed for 14 yards with ten minutes left in the 3rd quarter to put the Browns up 14-10 with the extra point by Billy Cundiff.

Five minutes later, Baltimore’s Lorenzo Taliaferro went to the endzone for the Ravens’ second lead of the game, 17-14.

With just 13 seconds left in the 3rd quarter, Miles Austin took a pass from Brian Hoyer for four yards. With the extra point from Billy Cundiff, the Browns headed into the final quarter with the lead, 21-14.

After missing some crucial kicks, Cleveland once again was looking at a down-to-the-wire finish. Baltimore’s Justin Tucker made the 21-yard field goal with five minutes left in the game to bring the Ravens within one point of the Browns, 21-20.

The Browns defense was unable to stop the Ravens from moving down field. In the final seconds, Justin Tucker made the 32-yard field goal to secure Baltimore’s win, 23-21.

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