Final

Browns 13

(3-5, 0-4 away)

Ravens 27

(5-3, 3-1 home)

8:30 PM ET, November 7, 2004

 

1 2 3 4 T
CLE 10 0 0 313
BAL 3 9 0 1527

Reed's 106-yard interception return TD seals victory

BALTIMORE (AP) -- An incredibly short kick and the longest interception return in NFL history were the key elements in a harrowing victory for the Baltimore Ravens.

Jamal Lewis scored the decisive touchdown with 7:03 left following a 7-yard punt, and Ed Reed sealed a 27-13 victory over the Cleveland Browns by running an NFL-record 106 yards with an interception in the waning seconds Sunday night.

The win was particularly satisfying because the Ravens fell behind 7-0 when Richard Alston returned the opening kickoff 93 yards for a score.

"We stuck together. We didn't blink," said Travis Taylor, who had seven catches. "That's what this team is all about."

Back from a two-game suspension for violating the NFL substance abuse policy, Lewis ran for 81 yards on 22 carries. But his 2-yard burst into the end zone was set up by two outstanding plays by Baltimore's special teams.

First, rookie B.J. Sams made a diving save in the end zone to enable Baltimore (5-3) to down a punt at the Cleveland 1. Then, after the defense yielded only 1 yard on three plays, the Ravens pressured Derrick Frost into a wobbly kick that made the touchdown drive easy.

"I was trying to get it off quick. I saw the guy coming up the middle," Frost said. "It's all about timing. ... I knew it was going to be bad, but not that bad."

A 2-point conversion gave Baltimore a 20-13 lead, but Jeff Garcia brought the Browns (3-5) to the Ravens 5 before a pass deflected off Aaron Shea into Reed's arms. Reed then took off down the right sideline and reached the end zone with 26 seconds left.

"He seems to always be around it when you need it," Baltimore coach Brian Billick said. "He kind of waited to the end to do it. Might have saved my heart a little bit if he'd of done it earlier."

As Garcia deftly moved the Browns downfield, Billick already was thinking the worst.

"It was just a matter of whether they could go for two," he said.

But Shea was hit by linebacker Ray Lewis as the ball arrived, and Reed did the rest.

"I thought it was pass interference. I thought they would make the call, but they didn't," Shea said.

"I knew exactly the play they were going to try to run," Lewis said. "I told Ed it was coming.

Said Reed: "I really saw it the whole way. You didn't know if he was going to tip it or not. I just reacted."

Matt Stover kicked four field goals for the Ravens, who wore black uniforms for the first time.

"The defense time and time again stepped up to the challenge. We put it on the 5-yard line and they still somehow got it done," Stover said.

Alston stunned the Ravens and the crowd of 69,781 by putting Baltimore in a hole with 14 seconds elapsed. He shook off an attempted tackle by Chad Williams, then deked kicker Wade Richey around midfield before veering right and sprinting down the sideline into the end zone.

It was the first time the Browns scored on the opening kickoff since September 1990, when Eric Metcalf went the distance against the New York Jets. Alston was activated off the practice squad to replace Andre King, who sprained his left ankle against Philadelphia before Cleveland's bye last week.

The Ravens came back to take a 12-10 lead, but the Browns moved 72 yards in 13 plays before Phil Dawson kicked a 29-yard field goal to make it 13-12 with 14:14 left. The drive was extended by a pass interference call against Gary Baxter on third-and-10 and aided by a 21-yard scramble by Garcia, who went 4-for-5 during the march.

Stover's fourth field goal of the first half, a 36-yarder as time expired, had put Baltimore up 12-10. The play came after Garcia lost a fumble while being sacked by Adalius Thomas.

Aided by a roughing-the-passer call against Kenard Lang, the Ravens ended their second drive with a field goal. Late in the period, Dawson kicked a 49-yarder after Baltimore lost the ball on a botched handoff.

Ravens defensive back Deion Sanders injured a toe on his left foot and did not play in the second half. He saw limited time as a wide receiver, but was overthrown in the first quarter and later dropped a pass.

Game notes


Dawson extended his consecutive field goals made streak to 26. He hasn't missed a kick all season. ... Cleveland injuries included DB Lewis Sanders (concussion), OL Kelvin Garmon (sprained knee), WR Andre Davis (toe) and DB Leigh Bodden (shoulder).shoulder

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Team Stat Comparison

 
Cleveland
Baltimore
1st Downs1315
3rd down efficiency
5-137-15
4th down efficiency
0-00-0
Total Yards217240
Yards per play3.84.1
Total Drives11
Passing126134
Comp-Att
15-2617-30
Yards per pass
4.84.5
Interceptions thrown
10
Sacks-Yards Lost
3-201-8
Rushing91106
Rushing Attempts
2828
Yards per rush
3.33.8
Penalties9-553-25
Turnovers21
Fumbles lost
11
Interceptions thrown
10
Possession32:1027:50

Passing Leaders

CLEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Garcia15/261465.6013-20
BALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Boller17/301424.7001-8

Rushing Leaders

CLECARYDSAVGTDLG
Suggs18563.1017
Garcia22512.5021
BALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lewis22813.7115
Ricard2189.0014

Receiving Leaders

CLERECYDSAVGTDLG
Bryant44310.8015
Heiden4317.8012
BALRECYDSAVGTDLG
Taylor7588.3019
Johnson3248.009

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCLEBAL
TD0:14RICHARD ALSTON 93 YD KICKOFF RETURN (PHIL DAWSON KICK) 70
FG5:23MATT STOVER 44 YD
Drive: 7 plays, 32 yds, 2:34
73
FG13:38PHIL DAWSON 50 YD
Drive: 4 plays, 1 yds, 1:33
103
SECOND QUARTERCLEBAL
FG4:15MATT STOVER 39 YD
Drive: 12 plays, 52 yds, 5:37
106
FG11:51MATT STOVER 43 YD
Drive: 10 plays, 51 yds, 5:23
109
FG15:00MATT STOVER 36 YD
Drive: 8 plays, 30 yds, 1:04
1012
FOURTH QUARTERCLEBAL
FG0:46PHIL DAWSON 29 YD
Drive: 14 plays, 72 yds, 8:23
1312
TD7:57JAMAL LEWIS 2 YD RUN (KYLE BOLLER PASS TO CLARENCE MOORE FOR TWO-POINT CONVERSION)
Drive: 3 plays, 9 yds, 1:24
1320
TD14:34ED REED 106 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (MATT STOVER KICK) 1327