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Flacco throws for 2 TDs, leads Ravens to 20-14 win over bungling Browns

12/24/2011 04:10 EST | Updated 02/23/2012 05:12 EST
BALTIMORE - Joe Flacco threw two touchdown passes, and the Baltimore Ravens beat the Cleveland Browns 20-14 on Saturday to move one step closer to winning the AFC North.

Ray Rice ran for 87 yards and caught a TD pass for the Ravens (11-4), who led 17-0 at halftime and held on against the bumbling Browns. Baltimore completed its first unbeaten season at home (8-0).

The Ravens would win the AFC North by defeating Cincinnati on the road next week. That would also give them a first-round bye and a home playoff game.

Josh Cribbs had a career-high 84-yard punt return for Cleveland (4-11). But the Browns generated very little offence and were victimized by questionable play calling, bad clock management and untimely penalties in their fifth straight loss.

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