Refs Get it Right; Browns Get a Win 33-30 Over Ravens

Refs talk about the last play field goal 

Snatching victory from defeat is not exactly a trait that the Browns have been known for over the years. For a team that has been known to have plenty of tough times, Sunday’s bizarre 33-30 overtime win over the rival Ravens in Baltimore ranks up there as possibly their most sweetest win since their return to the NFL since 1999. It was complete with a reversal on a last play of regulation field goal, in which the officials at first said the 51-yard kick from Phil Dawson to tie the game at 30 was no good, only to then look at the replay and see that the ball did indeed hit the inside curved bar, making the kick true.

Cleveland then took the ball in overtime, and quickly moved down the field, converting a huge third-down play to help them set up Dawson for a game-winning 33-yard kick that gave the Browns the road win. As far as that end of regulation kick is concerned, the refs did get the call right – in the end. “It was a ruling by one of the officials. The other official informed me that the ball hit the back of the extension of the goal post…,” ref Pete Morelli said. “We determined that was what it struck. Therefore, it made the field goal good.” Last week Dawson was the goat as he was just short on a 52-yard kick that would have tied the score in Pittsburgh on the last play of a 31-28 loss. This time, he was not going to let history repeat itself.

For the Browns, it may be the win that points them into the playoffs in 2007. They also got a gift later on in the afternoon as the Jets upset the Steelers 19-16, putting them just a game back in the standings in the AFC North. “This team, for whatever reason, thrives on adversity. The tougher the situation, the better we do,” Dawson said. “We all had a feeling when we got the call and went into overtime, what a shame it would have been to not capitalize on it.”

So while the Browns were guilty of giving up 279 yards to backup QB Kyle Boller, blowing a 27-14 fourth quarter lead, and giving up 102 yards to Willis McGahee on the ground, they were able to survive one of the craziest games in franchise history, and one that will be remembered for a long time. “I was going out to meet Brian and go into the locker room and saw the referees huddling in the end zone,” Romeo Crenell said. “I’ve never seen anything like this. There’s a first time for everything. It was crazy.” The Browns are home Sunday to host the Houston Texans at 1pm.

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