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Game day blog: Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens (Week 9)

By Nate Ulrich Published: November 4, 2012

Final score: Ravens 25, Browns 15 (game story; Marla Ridenour's column; notebook; thumbs up/thumbs down; Phil Dawson story; box score)

Game action

End 4Q: Ravens 25, Browns 15 -- The Browns grabbed the lead midway through the fourth quarter on Phil Dawson's fifth field goal of the day. A couple of plays earlier, Weeden hit Josh Gordon on a slant for a would-be 18-yard touchdown but had it called back on an illegal formation penalty on Chris Ogbonnaya. The Ravens' winning play came on the following drive. Torrey Smith caught a pass, turned toward the outside and beat Joe Haden to the pylon to put Baltimore up 22-15 (after a successful two-point conversion). The Browns faced a fourth-and-two on their own 28-yard line and elected to go for it instead of punting. Weeden's pass to Greg Little sailed over his head, and the Ravens added a field goal to put the game out of reach. 

End 3Q: Ravens 14, Browns 12 – Phil Dawson kicked his fourth field goal of the day to again chip away at Baltimore’s early two-touchdown lead. Dawson has made attempts from 32-, 28-, 29- and now 33 yards today. The Browns defense has forced the Ravens into five straight three-and-outs dating back to the second quarter. 

End 2Q: Ravens 14, Browns 9 – After not moving the chains in the first quarter, the Browns put together three scoring drives, all three ending with Phil Dawson field goals. Richardson has 76 yards on 14 carries and Rice has 66 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Joe Flacco’s first incompletions came late in the quarter. The Browns forced a punt and drove 50 yards in 60 seconds to get Dawson in range before the end of the half. 

End 1Q: Ravens 14, Browns 0 – The Ravens offense moved the ball at will against the Browns in Baltimore’s first two drives. Ray Rice scored from eight yards out and Bernard Pierce put the Ravens up 14-0 with one second left in the quarter on a 12-yard toss to the left. Joe Flacco is a perfect 6-6 for 70 yards and Rice has ran for 58 yards. The Browns went three-and-out in each of their two first-quarter drives, and are 0-2 in third-and-one situations. 

Pregame notes

Inactives: Browns – cornerback Dimitri Patterson (ankle), running back Brandon Jackson, free safety Tashaun Gipson (knee), fullback Owen Marecic, defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (calf), guard Jarrod Shaw (illness) and wide receiver Josh Cooper (thigh). Notes: Patterson will miss his fourth consecutive game. Rubin will miss his second game in a row. With Mohamed Massaquoi active for the first time since Week 3, Cooper was bumped out of the lineup after playing in the past three games. With Marecic inactive for the second consecutive game, Alex Smith will serve as the Browns’ fullback. Middle linebacker D’Qwell Jackson (calf/foot/toe) is active despite being listed as questionable. Ravens – cornerback Asa Jackson, running back Bobby Rainey, offensive tackle Ramon Harewood, wide receiver Deonte Thompson, tight end Billy Bajeman, defensive end Pernell McPhee (thigh) and defensive tackle Bryan Hall. Note: Starting defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (shoulder/knee) is active despite missing practice Thursday and Friday and being listed as questionable.

Lineup changes: Browns – Defensive tackle Phil Taylor is expected to start in place of Rubin. Taylor will play for the first time today after missing the first eight games of the season while recovering from a torn pectoral muscle he suffered in May. Last week, Taylor said he wouldn’t start, but the plan must have changed. Rookie wide receiver Josh Gordon will continue to start despite Massaquoi’s return from a hamstring injury. Ravens –none.

Storylines by Stephanie Storm: 1. The Baltimore Ravens’ defense isn’t what it used to be. Although thrilled to have linebacker Terrell Suggs back early from an Achilles injury, the Ravens are without injured cornerback Lardarius Webb and veteran linebacker Ray Lewis for the rest of the season. That’s not good news for a unit that’s given up 622 rushing yards in its past three games. 2. Browns cornerback Joe Haden, who missed the first game against the Ravens on Sept. 27 while serving his four-game suspension, is primed to make his presence felt in the rematch. In Haden’s absence, the Ravens torched the Browns secondary. Quarterback Joe Flacco passed for 356 yards and a touchdown, receiver Anquan Boldin had nine catches for 131 yards and receiver Torrey Smith had six catches for 97 yards and a touchdown. 3. The Browns welcome the return of defensive tackle Phil Taylor (torn pectoral) and receiver Mohamed Massaquoi (hamstring). The game will be Taylor’s first of the season, so he won’t start and will be carefully rotated into the game. Massaquoi has missed the past five weeks. 4. Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden would like to atone for a couple of rookie mistakes in a 23-16 loss in Baltimore. Trailing the Ravens by six points, Weeden tried to hit Travis Benjamin on an out route. The Ravens’ Cary Williams intercepted the pass and returned it 63 yards for a touchdown. On the final drive of the game, Weeden led the Browns to the Ravens’ 18-yard line with two seconds to go but he overthrew receiver Greg Little in the back of the end zone as time expired. 5. Ravens defensive coordinator Dean Pees is a native of Dunkirk, attended Bowling Green and coached at Miami, Toledo, Kent State and Findlay. … Ravens coach John Harbaugh is a native of Perrysburg and attended Miami … Browns college scout Marcus Hendrickson is the brother of Ravens scout Milt Hendrickson … Ravens college scout Jack Glowik is a Cleveland native who attended Benedictine High School and coached at Miami, Youngstown State and Ohio.

Links to preview stories via Ohio.com: 1. The Browns have swagger and believe it’s justified heading into the second half of this season. 2. Matchup of the week: Browns vs. Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs. 3. Keys to the game. 4. Numbers to watch. 5. Quote of the week. 6. Video preview. 7. Injury report. 8. Predictions.

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