The Browns did everything they could to stop the Ravens from making the postseason, but in the end with a third-string QB it wasn’t enough, as Baltimore beat the Browns 20-10.
The Ravens did enough to overcome a 10-3 deficit entering the fourth quarter, scoring 17 points to send the Browns to their 7 loss in their final 8 games.
Cleveland ends the year at 7-9, a stunning end to a season which started at one point 6-3 following a win on a Thursday night against the Bengals.
Down 10-3 in the fourth quarter, the Ravens kicked a field goal and then took the lead on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Joe Flacco to Torrey Smith with 7:33 left.
Flacco’s 2-yard TD throw to Kamar Aiken with 3:44 remaining clinched it.
To reach the playoffs for the sixth time in seven years, Baltimore (10-6) needed to beat the Browns (7-9) and have San Diego lose in Kansas City.
That is precisely what happened.
The first part of that equation seemed easy enough, given that the Browns had lost four straight, were starting rookie quarterback Connor Shaw and had dropped 12 of their past 13 against Baltimore.
Shaw was 14-for-28 for 177 yards and one pick. The Browns were without WR Josh Gordon, who was suspended Saturday for missing the teams walkthrough.