Final/OT

Browns 33

(6-4, 2-3 away)

Ravens 30

(4-6, 3-2 home)

Coverage: CBS

1:00 PM ET, November 18, 2007

M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, MD 

1 2 3 4 OT T
CLE 3 10 14 3 333
BAL 0 7 7 16 030

Top Performers

Passing: K. Boller (BAL) - 279 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: W. McGahee (BAL) - 21 CAR, 102 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: D. Darling (BAL) - 4 REC, 107 YDS, 1 TD

Officials decide Dawson kick ties game before OT victory

BALTIMORE (ESPN.com news services) -- It was a comeback victory in every sense of the word.

The Cleveland Browns literally had to come back onto the field to complete a 33-30 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday after it appeared the game ended with a missed field goal by Phil Dawson.

The Browns trailed 30-27 on the final play of regulation when Dawson attempted a tying 51-yard kick. The ball hit the left upright and seemingly bounced off the crossbar before bounding into the end zone.

The officials called the kick no good. The Ravens ran off the field, celebrating a victory in which they scored 16 straight points in the fourth quarter, the last three on a 47-yard field goal by Matt Stover with 26 seconds left.

Many of the Browns walked off in stunned silence after Dawson's kick. Several Cleveland players, however, insisted Dawson's kick hit the curved center support behind the crossbar. They gathered in the end zone, pointing at the spot where the football struck before bouncing back.

They were right. After a lengthy discussion, the officials ruled the kick passed through the uprights and called the teams back onto the field.

Referee Pete Morelli had announced over the public address system that he would "take a look at this play" before he went to the review booth and manned the headphones to replay assistant Howard Slavin. According to league spokesman Greg Aiello, Slavin told Morelli that he couldn't show him the kick because field goals are not reviewable under the rules.

Morelli proceeded to further discuss the kick with his crew and Aiello said one of the back judges, Keith Ferguson, "felt more strongly" that the ball had crossed through the goal posts. Morelli based his reversal on Ferguson's opinion.

Referring to the initial call, Morelli said, "It was a ruling by one of the officials. The other official informed me that the ball hit the back of the extension of the goal post. ... We determined that was what it struck. Therefore, it made the field goal good."

From half a football field away, Dawson wasn't positive his kick made it through.

"I couldn't tell for sure. I could tell by the way it glanced off the upright, it looked like it went forward," he said. "But we had people down near the goal post who were screaming at the top of their lungs that it had hit whatever that bar you call it."

Baltimore coach Brian Billick and half the team were in the locker room when a team official told him the game wasn't over. Linebacker Ray Lewis, who returned an interception for a touchdown earlier, was peeling tape off his ankles when told he might have to return.

"It's over. We won," he said.

But it wasn't, and now the Ravens' slim playoff hopes appear done. Baltimore (4-6) has lost four straight, none more painful than this one.

"It's crazy, it's weird," Ravens receiver Derrick Mason said. "Just when you thought everything that had gone wrong you had overcome it, then there's another thing. They probably made the right call."

The Browns (6-4) took the kickoff in overtime and drove 43 yards in nine plays before Dawson kicked a 33-yard field goal with 9:10 left.

"This team, for whatever reason, thrives on adversity. The tougher the situation, the better we do," Dawson said. "We all had a feeling when we got the call and went into overtime, what a shame it would have been to not capitalize on it."

Cleveland forced four turnovers, had a season-high six sacks and earned its first season sweep of the Ravens since 2001.

But it took one surreal scenario for it to happen.

"I was going out to meet Brian and go into the locker room and saw the referees huddling in the end zone," Browns coach Romeo Crenell said. "I've never seen anything like this. There's a first time for everything. It was crazy."

After a team-record, 100-yard interception return by Cleveland's Brodney Pool put the Browns up 27-14, Kyle Boller led the Ravens on a pair of drives that produced field goals to cut the gap to 27-20 with 7:20 left.

Boller then produced the tying touchdown operating in a no-huddle attack. A 42-yard pass to Devard Darling and an 11-yarder to Willis McGahee preceded a 27-yard TD pass to Darling in the left corner of the end zone with 3:31 to go.

After a Cleveland punt, Boller went 4-for-8 for 45 yards before Stover came in to kick what appeared to be the winner.

Starting in place of an injured and ineffective Steve McNair, Boller threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. But he went 22-for-41 for 279 yards, eclipsing Vinny Testaverde as the Ravens' career leader in passing yardage.

Former Ravens draft pick Derek Anderson went 24-for-38 for 274 yards and a touchdown. Another former Raven, Jamal Lewis, ran for 92 yards and a touchdown.

Operating against the league's 32nd-ranked defense, Boller led the Ravens on four scoring drives in the fourth quarter. But Anderson got the ball last, and he burned his former team by getting Dawson in position for the tying and winning kicks.

Game notes


Cleveland DB Eric Wright (knee) left in the first quarter. ... Baltimore DT Trevor Pryce (chest) left with just over two minutes remaining in regulation. ... The Ravens had not lost an overtime game since falling to Miami in 2003.

Chris Mortensen, who covers the NFL for ESPN.com, contributed to this report.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CLE
BAL
1st Downs2223
Passing 1st downs
1116
Rushing 1st downs
105
1st downs from penalties
12
3rd down efficiency
5-152-12
4th down efficiency
0-10-1
Total Plays7472
Total Yards380368
Yards per play5.15.1
Total Drives1714
Passing269240
Comp-Att
24-3822-41
Yards per pass
6.95.1
Interceptions thrown
12
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-56-39
Rushing111128
Rushing Attempts
3525
Yards per rush
3.25.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)2-61-3
Penalties12-1042-15
Turnovers24
Fumbles lost
12
Interceptions thrown
12
Defensive / Special Teams TDs11
Possession37:4328:07

Passing Leaders

CLEC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Anderson24/382747.2011-5
BALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Boller22/412796.8126-39

Rushing Leaders

CLECARYDSAVGTDLG
Lewis22924.2121
Wright4194.807
BALCARYDSAVGTDLG
McGahee211024.9124
Boller2199.5015

Receiving Leaders

CLERECYDSAVGTDLG
Edwards88510.6022
Jurevicius48220.5050
BALRECYDSAVGTDLG
Darling410726.8142
Mason68313.8021

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCLEBAL
cleFG2:38Phil Dawson 28 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 13 yds, 2:13
30
SECOND QUARTERCLEBAL
cleTD12:27Jamal Lewis, 1 yd run (Phil Dawson kick is good)
Drive info: 6 plays, 80 yds, 2:56
100
balTD8:55Ray Lewis, 35 yd interception return (Matt Stover kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, -1 yds, 1:29
107
cleFG1:45Phil Dawson 39 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 42 yds, 7:06
137
THIRD QUARTERCLEBAL
balTD10:46Willis McGahee, 2 yd run (Matt Stover kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 75 yds, 4:18
1314
cleTD6:03Derek Anderson, 1 yd run (Phil Dawson kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 11 yds, 0:59
2014
cleTD4:00Brodney Pool, 100 yd interception return (Phil Dawson kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 46 yds, 2:19
2714
FOURTH QUARTERCLEBAL
balFG12:45Matt Stover 34 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 14 plays, 62 yds, 6:29
2717
balFG7:24Matt Stover 41 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 43 yds, 2:28
2720
balTD3:38Devard Darling, 27 yd pass from Kyle Boller (Matt Stover kick is good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 83 yds, 1:41
2727
balFG0:31Matt Stover 47 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 49 yds, 1:23
2730
cleFG0:03Phil Dawson 51 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 3 plays, 24 yds, 0:26
3030
OVERTIMECLEBAL
cleFG9:13Phil Dawson 33 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 43 yds, 5:50
3330