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Williams’ Pick-Six Key to Ravens 23-16 Win Over Browns

Williams’ First Interception is a Big One.

For much of the first three weeks, opposing quarterbacks had found Ravens’ cornerback Cary Williams. They watched where he lined up and often threw in that direction.

But with the Ravens’ holding onto a six-point lead late in the third quarter Thursday, Cleveland Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden lost sight of Williams and the result was the game’s decisive play. Williams stepped in front of wide receiver Travis Benjamin in the flat and took the ball back 63 yards for a touchdown, his first career interception helping the Ravens turn aside the Browns, 23-16, before an announced 70,944 in a game played in a steady rain storm.

Weeden, who threw for 320 yards, got the ball back at his own 10 with just over a minute to go and got all the way down to the Ravens’ 18 after a personal foul on Paul Kruger prolonged the final drive. However, the rookie’s final pass sailed out of the end zone as time expired, securing the Ravens’ win.

Joe Flacco was 28-for-46 for 356 yards with one touchdown to Torrey Smith, one rushing touchdown and one interception. Wide receiver Anquan Boldin caught nine passes for 139 yards with all but one of the catches coming in the second half.
Holding an uncomfortable 2-point lead at halftime, the Ravens came out on their first drive of the second half and went 89 yards on 13 plays. The drive mostly belonged to Flacco and Boldin. The veteran wide receiver had an 18-yard reception on second-and-5 and then a 21-yard catch on third-and-7.

A 21-yard reception by Boldin then set up the Ravens in a first-and goal situation from the 2. On third down, Flacco rolled out and juked a defender and went in the end zone untouched for a 2-yard touchdown run to give the Ravens a 16-7 lead with 9:53 to play.

Baltimore looked sloppy at times as they amassed 11 penalties for 100 yards, committed a turnover in the red-zone and rookie kicker Justin Tucker missed his first Field Goal attempt. Still, the Ravens finish 3-1 and the quarter mark and will finally get some rest after playing the first four games in the span of eighteen days.

The Ravens will travel to Arrowhead to face the Kansas City Chiefs next Sunday.


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