Browns Stage Comeback to Defeat Ravens with Walk-Off Field Goal
Cleveland Browns secure a thrilling victory against division-leading Baltimore Ravens
BALTIMORE — In a stunning comeback, the Cleveland Browns rallied from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to secure a “statement” victory against the division-leading Baltimore Ravens with a final score of 33-31. The Browns’ Dustin Hopkins kicked a 40-yard game-winning field goal as time expired, reinserting the 6-3 Browns into the AFC North race. With this win, Cleveland now trails the 7-3 Baltimore by just a half-game, reigniting their hopes for a division title for the first time since 1989.
The Browns’ victory was a testament to their resilience and determination. They became only the fourth team in the Super Bowl era to win a game after trailing in the first minute and not leading until the final minute of regulation. Quarterback Deshaun Watson, who faced a challenging start with a pick-six and struggled in the first half, showcased his warrior spirit and led the Browns to victory. Despite battling a left ankle injury, Watson completed all 14 of his second-half attempts for 134 yards and a touchdown. He orchestrated a flawless final possession, completing all three of his passes for 30 yards and rushing for 16 yards to set up the game-winning field goal.
“He’s a warrior,” praised Browns coach Kevin Stefanski. “Makes plays when they’re not there. Makes unbelievable throws. Never a doubt in his mind how this game was going to turn out.”
The Browns faced their biggest deficit of the game, trailing 24-9 after Odell Beckham Jr.’s 40-yard touchdown catch to open the second half. However, Watson and the Browns responded with a remarkable 17-play, 10-minute touchdown drive, capped by Watson’s 2-point conversion run. Despite another Ravens touchdown, Watson answered again in the fourth quarter with a 10-yard scrambling touchdown pass to Elijah Moore.
The victory was a significant milestone for the Browns, who had not won a game after trailing by two touchdowns in the fourth quarter in nine years. It also marked the second-largest blown fourth-quarter lead in Ravens coach John Harbaugh’s 16-year tenure.
“Kept on trying to tell y’all once he hits his stride, he’s gonna be back to his previous ways. We’re just seeing a glimpse into what he can be and who he is.” – Browns DE Myles Garrett on Deshaun Watson
Watson’s return to the field after recovering from a rotator cuff strain was instrumental in the Browns’ victory. Since being traded to the Browns last year, Watson has faced challenges and struggled, entering Sunday’s game ranked 23rd in the league in QBR (44.5). However, his performance against the Ravens showcased his potential and reminded fans of his previous success as he led the NFL in passing in 2020 with the Houston Texans.
The Browns’ victory was a “big statement” according to All-Pro guard Joel Bitonio. With momentum on their side, the Browns now face another crucial divisional matchup against the 6-3 Pittsburgh Steelers at home next weekend. Defensive end Myles Garrett described Sunday’s win as “defining,” highlighting the team’s determination and resilience.
As the Browns head into the second half of the season, Watson emphasized the importance of channeling their energy and pushing forward. With their sights set on the AFC North title, the Browns have reignited their hopes and are ready to continue their impressive journey.