The Baltimore Ravens got off to a slow start against the Cleveland Browns, but a big stretch before and after halftime helped them get their biggest win of the season. The Ravens beat the Browns 31-15 to clinch home field advantage in the 2020 NFL playoffs. They beat better opponents, but getting the bye and much-needed rest is key.
The timing is big following a rough second half against Cleveland. Mark Ingram left the game with a calf injury and Mark Andrews was shaken up on a goal line catch. With the win, the Ravens are expected to bench several starters in Week 17 when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers. This will give Ingram and Andrews, among others, a big opportunity to get some rest heading into the playoffs.
Justice Hill replaced Ingram after the injury and finished the game strong. He scored a game-capping touchdown in the fourth quarter after Ingram had rushed for 55 yards and caught 36 receiving yards and a touchdown.
The Ravens were sluggish out of the gate, trailing 6-0 for much of the first half. However, Lamar Jackson found Andrews for back-to-back touchdown passes in the final 80 seconds of the second quarter. They added a touchdown midway through the third quarter and cruised to victory.
In the win, Jackson threw for 238 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 103 yards. With his passing total, he surpassed 3,000 passing yards for the season and became the first quarterback with 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in the same season.