The Baltimore Ravens needed a win and a loss by San Diego to make the playoffs with the last AFC wild card spot. The Ravens beat the Cleveland Browns 20-10 right as the Chargers lost to Kansas City, thus bringing the 10-6 Ravens into the playoffs. Meanwhile, the 7-9 Browns ended the season with yet another quarterback.
The Ravens were already -14 favorites for the game. This came as the Browns were playing with Connor Shaw at the helm. In addition to this being the South Carolina rookie's first career start, it also marked the 22nd starting quarterback that the Browns have used since 1999 when the team re-entered the league.
Shaw's first possession ended in a fumble that was recovered by Baltimore's Terrell Suggs. Neither team could muster more than a field goal in the first half though.
The Browns opened up in the third with a touchdown run by Terrance West. The Ravens then fired back in the fourth with seventeen unanswered points. In addition to a field goal by Justin Tucker, the Ravens also got two touchdown passes from Joe Flacco. These passes were to Torrey Smith and Kamar Aiken. The touchdown pass to Smith came right after a 53-yard pass that was also to Smith to set up the touchdown. Shaw's last attempt to bring the Browns any closer ended with an interception from L Webb.
Flacco went 22-36 with 312 passing yards and two touchdowns. Justin Forsett had 119 rushing yards and averaged about seven yards per carry. Flacco did have two fumbles during the game but the Ravens did not lose the ball on either of them. Flacco recovered one while Jeremy Zuttah had the other.
Connor Shaw went 14-28 in his start for the Browns. He had 177 passing yards and was sacked four times. Terrance West had 94 rushing yards and had a little more than five yards per carry. Meanwhile, the quarterback situation for the Browns remains extremely questionable with Brian Hoyer, Johnny Manziel and now Shaw in the mix.