The Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns will meet on Sunday for the 38th time in the regular season. The Ravens lead the all-time series with a 28-9 season record.
The Ravens won the first meeting this season 24-10 at M&T Bank Stadium. The Ravens swept the two matchups last season.
Here are the three best moments of the Ravens-Browns rivalry.
#1 Art Modell moves the Browns to Baltimore
Modell, the owner of the Browns at the time, decided to move the team to Baltimore simply because he did not think the city would okay or be able to pay for a new stadium for the team. The city and season ticket holders responded by suing the team.
The two sides, along with the NFL, eventually reached a compromise. After agreeing to build a new stadium, the team and league agreed to leave the Browns name as well as the team’s history and tradition of the franchise in Cleveland.
This compromise has led to similar agreements with teams in the other four major sports leagues (Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, National Basketball Association and National Hockey League). It hasn’t really worked out very well for the city of Cleveland.
Since the move, the Ravens have won the AFC North four times, made the playoffs 10 times and won two Super Bowls. On the other hand, the Browns have finished last in the division 15 times in 19 seasons and made the playoffs once.
#2 Defense leads the Browns to first win over the Ravens
In their fifth try against the Ravens, the Browns got their first win in the series in Week 6 of the 2001 season. The Browns defense finished with seven sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery en route to a 24-14 victory.
Running back James Jackson scored on an 11-yard run early in the game and the Browns never trailed. Ravens kicker Matt Stover made a pair of field goals sandwiched around one made by Browns kicker Phil Dawson in the second quarter.
The Browns pulled away from the Ravens in the third quarter on touchdown passes from quarterback Tim Couch to wide receivers Kevin Johnson and Quincy Morgan. The Browns entered the final quarter of the game with a 24-6 lead.
Ravens quarterback Randall Cunningham tossed a touchdown and two-point to wide receiver Qadry Ismail midway through the fourth quarter. The Ravens got the ball just two more times in the game and turned the ball over on downs to end both drives.
#3 Ravens score 25 straight points to beat the Browns
In Week 2 of the 2016 season, the Ravens scored 25 unanswered points to avoid being upset by the Browns.
The Browns jumped out to a 20-0 lead on a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Josh McCown to wide receiver Corey Coleman sandwiched around an 85-yard touchdown run by Isaiah Crowell.
The took a huge turn following the second McCown to Coleman touchdown. Browns kicker Patrick Murray lined up for the extra point but had it blocked by Ravens defensive tackle Lawrence Guy. Ravens defensive back Tavon Young picked up the ball and returned it for two points.
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Mike Wallace and Justin Tucker made a 52-yard field goal to get the Ravens within eight points at halftime.
Flacco threw his second touchdown pass of the game to Wallace early in the third quarter and Tucker made the extra point to make a one-point game. Tucker made two fourth-quarter field goals.
The Browns drove down to the Ravens 30-yard line in the final three minutes with a chance to win the game. However, with 20 seconds left, McCown threw the ball toward the goal line, but Ravens linebacker C.J. Mosley intercepted the ball at the two-yard line and tackled at the one. Flacco plowed forward with the ball to run the clock out.
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