The Cleveland Browns beat the Baltimore Ravens in overtime, 12-9. Cleveland took the win with a last second overtime field goal by kicker Greg Joseph. The game was a tough fought AFC North game where defense rang supreme, but it was the play of Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield that helped snatch the win.
The first half was a defensive slugfest until the last two minutes of the half. The first points of the game came off of an interception thrown by Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. Mayfield and wide receiver Rashard Higgins were not in sync, resulting in Higgins running the wrong way and Mayfield firing the ball to a Ravens defender. That pick led to a Ravens field goal. The Browns defense was stout for the rest of the half, including getting a big interception in the Baltimore redzone. The Browns offense awoke with two minutes to go as Mayfield led a six-play, 78-yard touchdown drive, capped off by a Higgins touchdown reception. The Browns missed yet another extra point, leaving the score at 6-3. Baltimore looked to add points at the end of the half, but Browns cornerback Denzel Ward blocked a last second field goal to keep Cleveland ahead at the half.
The second half was much of the same for both the Browns and Ravens. Cleveland added a field goal early in the third quarter to go up, 9-3. But, Baltimore answered with a field goal in the third quarter. The fourth quarter was scoreless until just less than two minutes to go in the game as the Ravens were able to knock the score tied after an impressive 11-play, 52-yard field goal drive. Mayfield tried to lead a game-winning drive, but a tough 55-yard field goal by Joseph went wide, leading to yet another overtime for the Browns.
The overtime was one of the wildest ones ever. In just a ten-minute period, the Browns and Ravens traded scoreless possessions on four straight drives. Those drives had everything from big plays to bad calls, but they all ended up with no points. That left Cleveland with the ball with just under three minutes to go. The drive almost started off with a fail, but a huge 39-yard completion from Mayfield to wide receiver Derrick Willies set the drive up for success. After some strong runs by running back Duke Johnson, Joseph was left with a 37-yard field goal to win the game. It fluttered, but the field goal was good and the Browns beat the Ravens, 12-9!
Derrick Willies made the biggest play of the game for the Browns. Yes, Derrick freaking Willies. The man who had no NFL catches coming into today, helped win the Browns the game. Here is the 39-yard catch and run by Willies that helped set up the Browns for the game-winning field goal:
Quarterback Baker Mayfield held together an offensive unit that had a lot of failures on Sunday. Mayfield persevered through tough play by his receivers, poor blocking by his offensive line and penalties flying left and right. He made a great throw (see above) in the most important time of the game to help lead the Browns to victory. He finished the game completing 25 of 43 passes for 342 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Check out his touchdown:
Denzel Ward was one of the players of the game on Sunday. Ward had five tackles, three passes defended, one interception and a blocked field goal. He was dominant for the Browns defense. Here is the block field goal from the first half:
The defense rebounded from a tough game in Oakland to play a great game versus Baltimore. The Browns defense allowed just 410 total yards of offense and nine points in five quarters. They were once again able to force two turnovers and on third downs, the unit allowed just four first downs in 16 third down opportunities by Baltimore. Check out one of the two turnovers the Browns produced on Sunday:
The penalties were killer for the Browns. In total, Cleveland committed ten penalties for 66 yards. The penalties really hurt the Browns in many big situations. The Browns were lucky to overcome this, but the team will have to fix this going forward.