Down by two TDs, the Browns’ offense awakened in the second quarter, when Dawson’s three field goals pulled Cleveland within five at halftime.
Dawson’s 29-yarder with 3 seconds left made it 14-9 and sent Cleveland’s players to the locker room feeling confident after nearly letting the Ravens get too far in front.
But it was Cleveland’s inability to score TDs when it had the chance that doomed the young Browns and coach Pat Shurmur, who will head into their bye week stinging from another game they could have won.
‘‘You start getting threes instead of sevens when you make your way down there, the outcome is much, much different,’’ said Shurmur, who fell to 6-19 in two seasons. ‘‘When we did score, we were lined up improperly. There was some sloppiness in there. Of course, I'll take responsibility for that.’’
NOTES: Dawson made kicks of 32, 28, 29, 33 and 41 yards. His 23 consecutive field goals are still 19 shy of the NFL record set by Mike Vanderjagt, who converted 42 straight for the Colts. ... Weeden’s interception in the third quarter snapped a streak of 209 consecutive offensive plays without a turnover for the Browns. ... Ravens CB Cary Williams picked off Weeden and has two of his four interceptions this season against the Browns. The five-year veteran entered the season with no picks in 39 career games. ... Browns executive vice president Bryan Wiedmeier attended his first game since undergoing surgery on Oct. 26 to have a brain tumor removed.
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