Cleveland Browns can’t win, lose to Baltimore Ravens 33-27
Nov 30, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns kicker Travis Coons (6) attempts to kick the game winning field goal in the second half against the Baltimore Ravens at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Ravens won 33-27. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Some things just can’t be made up.
After having chances to win the entire game, the Cleveland Browns lost in one of the most unimaginable ways possible against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night.
The score was 27-27 and the Browns were a Travis Coons field goal away from getting a signature win on a national stage this season.
Then this happened.
The end of this game will be all fans will be able to talk about, but there were actually several story lines before everything turned into the perpetual nightmare of being a Browns fan.
Most of the game’s coverage had to do with the Browns third string quarterback, Johnny Manziel. Us Cleveland fans have heard enough of his most recent reason for being in the news, but the national broadcast made sure to get viewers all around the country in the loop.
Once the game started, things looked bleak from the outset. The Ravens jumped out to a quick 10-0 lead, but the Browns were able to cut it to 17-13 at halftime. The lone first half touchdown came on a Josh McCown pass to Marlon Moore, which reminded fans of all the players ahead of Dwayne Bowe on the depth chart.
The Browns found themselves down 27-20 with just over nine minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Then Josh McCown got hurt on the ensuing drive. Enter Johnny? Not exactly.
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Austin Davis, the team’s second string quarterback, entered the game and did the unthinkable by leading the Browns on a touchdown drive to tie the game at 27-27 with 1:47 left in the game.
This was followed by a Ravens three-and-out, which was followed by a Browns three-and-out. Both drives took a combined 51 seconds.
The Ravens got the ball back with 55 seconds remaining and Matt Schaub started the drive with a pass right to Tramon Williams, giving the Browns a perfect chance to at least take the game to overtime.
Well, after some horrible clock management by Davis, the Browns were faced with a 51-yard field goal that should have been much shorter. The tweet at the top of the page, along with all of Browns Twitter, explains the rest.
This loss should not mean that much, given the difference between 2-9 and 3-8 is not that much, but this one hurts. Even in a losing season, close losses sting, and it’s tough to get much closer than a last-second blocked field goal return for a touchdown.
Bouncing back from this loss may not be able to be done this season. This is bad.
Mike Pettine should not have to worry about his job, but the talks will surely be raging on as the team plays out the last five games of the season.