CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Browns fell 47-42 on their home turf against Baltimore Ravens in the flexed Monday Night Football game.
Cleveland’s 9-4 record is now just one win ahead of their AFC North competitor whose 8-5 standing keeps them in third place for the division.
The Browns rank second behind Pittsburgh who leads the division with their 11-2 record.
Before the Browns even scored, the 12,000 fans in FirstEnergy stadium were roaring over this gadget play with WR Jarvis Landry throwing it to RB Nick Chubb:
Chubb then first put the Browns on the board with a seven-yard run just under six minutes into the game.
Baltimore responded with a 5-yard touchdown of their own by QB Lamar Jackson with just over three minutes left in the first quarter.
A failed 39-yard field goal attempt by K Cody Parkey kept the Browns at 7-7 going into the second quarter.
An 11-yard touchdown by Ravens’ RB Gus Edwards with 7:49 left in the first half followed by a field goal gave Baltimore the 14-7 lead.
Soon after, Myles Garrett’s return was listed as “probable” after hurting his right elbow.
Chubb answered with a 14-yard run into the endzone with 4:16 left in the half.
With Parkey getting his second extra-point of the night, the Browns tied it up 14-14.
A highlight of the night was the Browns’ defense raking up three sacks in the first half.
However, they weren’t enough to keep Jackson from scoring again with a 17-yard rushing touchdown 30 seconds left in the half.
A good extra point gave Baltimore their first lead of the night 21-14 before halftime.
Edwards was the first to score in the second half with a touchdown less than three minutes into the third quarter.
Another good extra point further increased the Ravens lead 28-14.
Browns RB Kareem Hunt back answered back with a 5-yard touchdown with 9:06 left in the third.
But the second missed kick of the night for Parkey kept the Browns at 28-20.
The Browns continued to stumble in the third quarter with an interception by LB Tyus Bowser with 4:28 left.
The Ravens added insult to injury by RB J.K. Dobbins turning that turnover into a touchdown just seven seconds later.
Baltimore missed the extra point, keeping their lead at 34-20 going into the fourth quarter.
Browns WR Rashad Higgins helped keep the Browns alive with a 21-yard catch into the endzone with 13:36 left in the game.
The Browns decided to make up for that previously missed extra point with a 2-yard conversion.
A heart-stopping deflected ball from Hunt into the hands of WR Donovan Peoples-Jones to give the Browns a 34-28 jump to make it a six-point game.
If you closed your eyes with 6:33 left in the game, you wouldn’t know the Browns were only allowed to fill a fraction of the stadium with the crowd’s uproar as QB Baker Mayfield ran it in for six.
The extra point had the Browns reclaim the lead 35-34.
The lead was short-lived with a Ravens touchdown and 2-point conversion to bring Baltimore up 42-35...
That was until Hunt’s 22-yard catch and extension to the endzone and Parkey’s kick tied it up with 1:04 left in the game.
With the clock ticking, that tied score was too short-lived as K Justin Tucker gave the Ravens back the lead with a 54-yard field goal with two seconds left in the game.
But the nail in the coffin for Cleveland was a safety in the Browns only play left in the game to give Baltimore the 47-42 victory.