Baltimore Ravens beat Cleveland Browns to keep playoff hopes alive

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CLEVELAND- The Cleveland Browns lead the Baltimore Ravens in the second quarter, 7-3.

Flacco was the Player of the game against the Browns after throwing for 288 yards and a touchdown, while connecting on 26 of 42 passes. The Ravens are now 8-6 and the playoffs are a very realistic goal.

For the Browns, Coates' 0-for-2 in first-down signals provided a pair of very Browns moments that summed up what has been a very hard Browns season. The big story of this game was the turnovers that gave the purple and black separation in this game.

A 45-yard field goal by Zane Gonzalez on the final play of the first half cut the Browns deficit to 17-10, but the Ravens, capitalizing on their third takeaway, stripped the ball from Kizer in the end zone.

Linebacker Terrell Suggs was responsible for the pressure that forced Kizer to overthrow his target, allowing an easy interception for safety Eric Weddle. The Ravens have won four of the five games after the bye week. It wasn't always pretty. But they were saddled with awful field position all game thanks to an awesome punting performance by the Ravens' Sam Koch. The Ravens responded and got the job done.

Throughout the first half, quarterback Joe Flacco took care of the ball and was on target, but his receivers dropped a few passes. For much of the season the Ravens couldn't do well when the offense focused more on passing than pounding the rock. The Ravens recovered for a touchdown that put the Ravens up 24-10 with 7:06 left in third quarter. It wasn't a flawless performance.

Holding on to a tenuous seven-point lead at halftime, the Ravens took control of the game with their special teams and defense. Buck Allen got most of the carries.

Later in the drive, the Ravens again found themselves in a third and goal, but instead of Collins getting the call, Flacco walked in a quarterback keeper.

The Ravens outside linebackers looked exceptional in this game.

Kizer (20-of-37, 146 yards, 2 interceptions, one lost fumble) was picked off twice and strip-sacked once in the end zone and recovered by the Ravens for a touchdown. Coates was thrown to the ground soon after the catch by Ravens cornerback Brandon Carr, a clear yard short of the first down. The 96-yard TD drive was the longest for the Cleveland since a 98-yard TD drive in 2010 against Kansas City according to ProFootballReference.com.

This was a great victory for the purple and black.

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