Campbell leads Browns to 24-18 win over Ravens

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 3, 2013 at 10:01 pm •  Published: November 3, 2013

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jason Campbell could barely breathe. Browns fans couldn't exhale.

And as the Cleveland quarterback, who had finally brought the team some hope, laid on the field after being flattened by Ravens heavyweight defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, Campbell thought he might have broken ribs.

That's when running back Willis McGahee screamed at him.

"He said, 'Get up, get up. You've got to get up'," Campbell said.

Campbell shook off the pain, got to his feet and helped the Browns end an 11-game losing streak against Baltimore.

Campbell threw three touchdown passes as Cleveland beat Baltimore for the first time since 2007 on Sunday with a 24-18 victory over the Ravens, who dropped their third in a row and appear to be a shell of the team that won the Super Bowl last season.

With the Browns (4-5) clinging to a three-point lead, Campbell took the Browns on a clock-eating, 67-yard drive to set up Billy Cundiff's 22-yard field goal with 14 seconds remaining that put away the Ravens (3-5), who have lost four of five and are one game out of last place in the AFC North.

"We've been the kid brother in this division for a long time," said Browns coach Rob Chudzinski, who twice risked going for it on fourth down. "The guys' approach this week was outstanding. They believed."

Campbell, making his second start after Brandon Weeden was benched, completed 23 of 35 attempts for 262 yards. But it was his toughness after getting hurt and his poise in the final minutes with the game hanging in the balance that led the Browns to a monumental win. Cleveland is back in the playoff conversation heading into its bye week.

Campbell had X-rays afterward, and said it would have taken something serious to keep him off the field.

"I wasn't coming out," the nine-year veteran said. "They would have to drag me out of the game. I wanted to stay out there with those guys and keep fighting. We talked all week about needing to get this win. I just thought the guys on both sides of the ball fought extremely hard."

Campbell threw two of his TD passes to Davone Bess, who shook off a miserable performance last week at Kansas City when he fumbled a punt and had a big drop in the final minutes.

Greg Little had seven catches for 122 yards.

Campbell connected with Bess for a 3-yard pass on fourth down with three minutes left to help the Browns seal their first win over Baltimore since Nov. 18, 2007, a string that started when quarterback Joe Flacco and coach John Harbaugh began with the Ravens.

In a similar situation last week, Bess let a pass from Campbell bounce out of his hands, costing the Browns any chance of upsetting the unbeaten Chiefs.

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