Ravens return blocked field goal for winning touchdown to stun Browns
The Baltimore Ravens finally got a break that didn’t mean they were losing another player.
Will Hill returned a blocked field goal 64 yards for a touchdown as time expired Monday night, giving the Ravens a 33-27 victory over the luckless Cleveland Browns, who lost their sixth consecutive game along with starting quarterback Josh McCown.
Travis Coons of the Browns (2-9) lined up to kick a potential game-winning 51-yard field goal with three seconds to play but it was deflected by defensive end Brent Urban, who was playing his first NFL game for the injury-riddled Ravens (4-7). Hill scooped up the ball and rumbled down the left sideline for an improbable win, stunning a Cleveland crowd that was ready to celebrate moments earlier.
Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub, making his first start since 2013, passed for two touchdowns.
McCown suffered an injured collarbone in the fourth quarter and was replaced by Austin Davis, whose 42-yard touchdown pass to Travis Benjamin tied the score with 1:47 remaining.
The Browns appeared to be in position to pull out a comeback win after cornerback Tramon Williams intercepted a Schaub pass at Baltimore’s 46-yard line with 50 seconds left.
But as Cleveland attempted to get closer for Coons, Davis wasted valuable time because of a communication issue with the sideline and the quarterback couldn’t get out of bounds after a scramble, forcing the Browns to call a timeout.
But as Coons, who was 18 for 18 this season, lined up for his long kick, it appeared that the Ravens were on their way to another close loss. All 11 of Baltimore’s games have been decided by fewer than eight points, and the Ravens have been on the wrong side of most of those.
However, Urban got some penetration on the line and got his hand on Coon’s low kick. Hill took it from there, finding his way to the end zone.
Schaub, who hadn’t passed for a touchdown since Dec. 23, 2013, completed 20 of 34 passes for 232 yards.
McCown, who has played hurt most of the season and was only starting because Johnny Manziel got benched, completed 21 of 38 passes for 212 yards and a touchdown.
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