Early whistle costs Browns a TD on Lamar Jackson fumble

Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku right catches a three-yard touchdown pass against Cincinnati Bengals strong safety Shawn Williams during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday Dec. 23 2018 in Cleveland

Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku right catches a three-yard touchdown pass against Cincinnati Bengals strong safety Shawn Williams during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday Dec. 23 2018 in Cleveland

Officials correctly ruled that Browns defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi forced a fumble and that Peppers recovered it at the 7-yard line, wiping the Ravens touchdown off the board. Sam Koch averaged 49 yards per punt on four attempts, including a kick that pinned the Browns on their own 26-yard line for the final drive of the game.

The Browns entered this past season with the fifth-toughest schedule in the league and ended up playing 6 games against playoff teams and the combined record of the opposition was 131-123-2.

Cleveland and their No. 1 overall pick had done all they could to extend the Ravens' late-season misery.

Ravens rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson certainly knows how to answer.

The Baltimore Ravens flipped the script and put one heck of an ending on a regular season that featured countless surprises and plot twists.

The old school marriage of a dominant defense and effective running attack has propelled the Baltimore Ravens into first place in the AFC North.

There will be plenty of time to revel in the team's first AFC North title since 2012 and break down the matchup with Los Angeles in the coming week.




The Browns finished the season with a 7-8-1 record and fell just games short of making of the playoffs. A Browns win combined with a Steelers win over the Bengals would send Pittsburgh to the playoffs, while the Ravens would be eliminated.

Any criticisms about C.J. Mosley's coverage skills were silenced for at least one day.

A Browns defender knocked the ball loose, but officials called the play a touchdown on the field that would have given the Ravens a 26-7 lead in the second quarter. Mayfield, the first pick in the 2018 draft, threw three touchdown passes and finishes with the rookie record for TD passes with 27.

"Obviously, very disappointed for us to not get the win, but it's a great team". His second interception was answered later with a 48 yard TD pass to Jarvis Landry.

"This team is a no give up team", Williams said.

But, the Browns had possession of the football late on and were edging ever-closer into game-winning field goal range. There were blown coverages, poor tackling and little pressure on Mayfield (23-for-42 for 376 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions).

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