Final

Ravens 15

(3-0, 2-0 away)

Browns 14

(0-3, 0-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:05 PM ET, September 24, 2006

FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH 

1 2 3 4 T
BAL 3 0 0 1215
CLE 0 14 0 014

Top Performers

Passing: C. Frye (CLE) - 298 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Lewis (BAL) - 21 CAR, 86 YDS

Receiving: D. Mason (BAL) - 7 REC, 132 YDS

Ravens 3-0 for first time since moving to Baltimore

CLEVELAND (AP) -- As Matt Stover jogged onto the field, the Baltimore Ravens' worries were over. A few seconds and 52 yards later, Stover had given them three points and their first 3-0 start.

It was over when ...
Matt Stover kicked a 52-yard field goal with 20 seconds remaining, rallying the Ravens to the victory.
Game ball goes to ...
Stover, the lone remaining member of the Ravens who played for the franchise when it was in Cleveland. Stover's game-winning kick against the current Browns was the 12th of his career.
Scouts Inc.'s take ...
This was an important divisional game for both teams, but only the Ravens capitalized on the opportunity. Although it did very little in the first half, Baltimore put together several impressive drives to produce points and dictate the pace of the game in the second half. Steve McNair found his favorite receiver, Derrick Mason, to the tune of 132 yards, and Mason made some big catches late in the game.

With the exception of the late, back-breaking interception, Browns QB Charlie Frye was efficient, spread the ball around and didn't force plays when they weren't there. The Browns got big games from their two top weapons, WR Braylon Edwards and TE Kellen Winslow, but that didn't prevent the division's cellar dwellers from going to 0-3.

"I've always called him Automatic Stover," linebacker Ray Lewis said.

True to his nickname, Stover kicked a 52-yard field goal with 20 seconds left Sunday as the Ravens remained unbeaten by rallying for a 15-14 win over the Cleveland Browns, who were one play away from their first win.

Stover's 12th career game-winning kick came after Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister intercepted a pass by Charlie Frye in the end zone with 3:21 left as the Browns (0-3) were threatening.

Baltimore's Steve McNair then went 6-of-9 for 52 yards to set up the 38-year-old Stover, who spent five years in Cleveland but left in 1995 when owner Art Modell moved his franchise to Maryland.

As the kick by Stover, the only former Browns player still on Baltimore's roster, sailed through, the Ravens' bench erupted in celebration while Cleveland fans bemoaned another tough loss.

"Sure it means a lot," said Stover, who also made kicks of 32 and 43 yards. "The Browns are a long, lost family. When I hit it, it was money -- right down the middle."

Cleveland led 14-3 going into the fourth and was on the verge of an upset when Baltimore's defense came up big.

McNair finished 23-of-41 for 264 yards and threw a 3-yard TD pass to Todd Heap on the first play of the fourth. The Ravens sacked Frye seven times, limited the Browns to 38 yards rushing overall and just 91 total yards in the second half.

Frye, making big plays on the fly and shaking off Baltimore's best shots, threw a 58-yard TD pass to Braylon Edwards and ran for another. He had the Browns in position to put it away, but on second-and-goal at Baltimore's 4, he was blindsided by linebacker Bart Scott as he let go of his pass to Edwards.

"If he doesn't get hit, it's a TD," Edwards said. "It was a great play call."

McAlister, though, had excellent position and stepped inside of Edwards for the pick.

"I had my antenna up because they went to that play earlier," McAlister said. "It was pretty much our last opportunity."

McNair took over from there, completing four straight passes -- two to Mark Clayton -- to move the Ravens into field-goal territory. It was the kind of clutch drive McNair regularly made during 11 seasons with Tennessee, and one reason the Ravens signed him as free agent.

"It all starts with Steve," Heap said. "He looked everybody in the eye and told us what we needed to do. To do what he did with the pressure on is very special."

After Stover's kick, the Browns' last chance ended when linebacker Gary Stills stripped Joshua Cribbs at the 32.

Frye finished 21-of-33 for a career-high 298 yards for the Browns, who were without leading rusher Reuben Droughns (shoulder) and still managed to make the NFL's best defense sweat to the finish.

Edwards had five catches for 116 yards -- all before halftime -- and Kellen Winslow had seven receptions for 92.

"It's a tough loss," said Frye, who was rocked by several shots, including a vicious hit by Adalius Thomas. "It's disappointing to have a team on the ropes like that and let them come back."

Earlier in the week, Winslow criticized Cleveland's play calling and urged the club to get the ball to its playmakers. The Browns did better, but not enough.

Frye's 1-yard run 24 seconds before halftime capped a 74-yard drive during which the Browns' second-year QB had to scramble from trouble before finding his targets -- Winslow, Edwards and Dennis Northcutt -- as Cleveland took a surprising 14-3 lead.

The Ravens, who went 0-for-6 on third-down conversions in the first half, finally began clicking on offense and pulled within 14-9 in the third on McNair's short scoring toss to Heap.

Baltimore went for 2, but McNair's pass to Heap was broken up.

Without Droughns, Cleveland's offense figured to sputter, and it frequently fizzled in the first as the Browns gained 13 yards and Frye was sacked three times.

But after getting their best starting position, the Browns needed just 8 seconds to take a 7-3 lead when Frye connected with Edwards, the first TD allowed by the Ravens this season.

"Charlie came over and said, `Bro, we're going up top," Edwards said.

Game notes


Frye has rushed for a TD in three straight games, the first Cleveland QB to do so since Hall of Famer Otto Graham in 1954. ... Ravens LB Terrell Suggs injured his hamstring in the fourth. ... Browns LB Willie McGinest, sidelined last week with a calf injury, had a sack and three tackles. The Browns were also without CB Gary Baxter (chest).

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BAL
CLE
1st Downs1817
Passing 1st downs
1412
Rushing 1st downs
44
1st downs from penalties
01
3rd down efficiency
7-176-14
4th down efficiency
0-10-0
Total Plays7059
Total Yards340288
Yards per play4.94.9
Total Drives1411
Passing254250
Comp-Att
23-4121-33
Yards per pass
5.96.3
Interceptions thrown
01
Sacks-Yards Lost
2-107-48
Rushing8638
Rushing Attempts
2719
Yards per rush
3.22.0
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-31-1
Penalties5-302-17
Turnovers02
Fumbles lost
01
Interceptions thrown
01
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession31:5128:09

Passing Leaders

BALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
McNair23/412646.4102-10
CLEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Frye21/332989.0117-48

Rushing Leaders

BALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Lewis21864.1021
Smith382.704
CLECARYDSAVGTDLG
Wright15312.1013
Frye263.015

Receiving Leaders

BALRECYDSAVGTDLG
Mason713218.9038
Clayton8749.3016
CLERECYDSAVGTDLG
Edwards511623.2158
Winslow79213.1024

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBALCLE
balFG5:09Matt Stover 32 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 30 yds, 2:30
30
SECOND QUARTERBALCLE
cleTD9:36Braylon Edwards, 58 yd pass from Charlie Frye (Phil Dawson kick is good)
Drive info: 1 plays, 58 yds, 0:00
37
cleTD0:29Charlie Frye, 1 yd run (Phil Dawson kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 74 yds, 3:17
314
FOURTH QUARTERBALCLE
balTD15:00Todd Heap, 3 yd pass from Steve McNair
Drive info: 7 plays, 68 yds, 3:34
914
balFG10:26Matt Stover 43 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 42 yds, 4:08
1214
balFG0:24Matt Stover 52 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 12 plays, 47 yds, 3:01
1514