Automatic Stover Saves Ravens From Defeat

Charlie Frye vs the RavensThe Baltimore Ravens have to be given a degree of credit for their outing on Sunday at Browns Stadium. The Ravens clearly didn’t play their best game on Sunday, yet were able to overcome an 11-point fourth quarter deficit and ended up on the winning side of a rather ugly 15-14 win on Matt Stover’s 52-yard field goal with 20 seconds left. For the Ravens, it was one of those wins that they can look on later in the year if they are still in the playoff hunt and remind themselves that even with not playing well they were good enough to get a win.

Maybe the bigger story on Sunday was the play out of the Browns, a team that came in it seemed with everything against them. They had no running game at all without Ruben Droughns, who was out with a shoulder injury, and relied all day on second-year quarterback Charlie Frye to make big plays. The Akron QB stepped up, hitting former Michigan wide out Braylon Edwards for a 58-yard TD to give the Browns a 7-3 lead in the second quarter. He also played a lot of pitch and catch with tight end Kellen Winslow, who this past week implored the coaches to open up the offense. Winslow, who was a mismatch for the Ravens defense, made some big catches for first downs, and ended the day with seven receptions for 92 yards.

The biggest throw that Frye made all day though ended up being his biggest mistake. With the Browns leading 14-12 with just over 3 minutes to go, he looked for Edwards in the end zone from the Ravens 4-yard line. On the play, the Ravens ran a weak side blitz, and Frye was hit as he released the ball, and it sailed into the arms of corner Chris McCallister in the end zone. The Ravens seized the chance, and after a huge pair of third down conversions from Steve McNair to wide out Mark Clayton, gave Stover a chance to win the game. That chance resulted in the Ravens moving to 3-0 while the Browns fall to 0-3.

The Ravens are not going to win the Super Bowl this year, and the defense looked a tad overrated after being compared to the SB defense of 2000, but as for Stover, as usual, he was the color of money on Sunday, and the Ravens are still undefeated because of it.


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