October 1, 2014

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Browns trail 14-10 at halftime after clutch drive

BALTIMORE – The Browns needed a drive to stay in the game.

They got it.

With bulldozing running back Peyton Hillis carrying the load – 54 yards on six rushes and two catches – the Browns marched 83 yards for a touchdown with 13 seconds left before halftime to cut the Baltimore lead to 14-10.

Hillis went in standing from the 1-yard line. In the half, he had 100 total yards on 17 touches. Quarterback Seneca Wallace, playing for the injured Jake Delhomme, was 12-for-14 for 114 yards.

The final drive took up 5:46. The Browns were desperate for a score following two monster drives by the Ravens. Baltimore’s touchdown drives were both 10 plays, for 85 and 93 yards.

Anquan Boldin, who became the fastest player in NFL history with 600 catches (98 games) had a field day against Browns cornerback Eric Wright in the first 30 minutes.

Boldin had five catches for 68 yards and two touchdowns. Wright was in coverage on both scores and part of the confusion that enabled Boldin to run down the seam uncovered for a 27-yard catch on third-and-9 from the Cleveland 43 on the Ravens’ second scoring drive.

Wright lined up in front of Boldin, then ran back to a safety position, leaving Boldin alone.

Boldin showed he’s multitalented, throwing a completion. He got a pitch from quarterback Joe Flacco (12-for-14 for 132 yards and two TDs) and turned to throw back across the field for running back Ray Rice. Boldin slipped and fell to the turf but completed the pass on his way down. Linebacker Scott Fujita made a great tackle in space for a 6-yard loss.

The Browns (0-2) committed nine penalties in the Week 2 loss to Kansas City and already had five Sunday.