Opportunistic Browns pick off Grbac, Ravens 27-17
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Look who's trash talking now.
It was the second time in five weeks that Cleveland (5-4) beat the Ravens (6-4), who have already lost as many games as they did all last season.
The downtrodden Ravens are also losing some of the brash attitude that comes with being Super Bowl champions.
"We have to come up out of it. There is still some light up there," Baltimore defensive end Michael McCrary said with a sigh.
The Browns, on the other hand, reveled in the victory.
"We swept 'em! We got the brooms out!" wide receiver Jammi German shouted as he entered the boisterous locker room.
"We didn't talk before the game, we didn't talk during the game, but we can talk after the game," Cleveland cornerback Corey Fuller said. "They've been running their mouths, running their mouths. But they know they can't stay there too long."
Grbac committed five turnovers, yet the Ravens nearly overcame those miscues and a 17-0 deficit. But with Cleveland nursing a 20-17 lead, Tim Couch moved the Browns 58 yards in 12 plays for the clinching touchdown with 4:02 left.
Since beating Baltimore 24-14 in Cleveland on Oct. 21, the Browns lost two consecutive in overtime. But all that was forgotten Sunday.
"This team is back. I think this is what we needed to get that swagger back, to get that confidence back," Couch said. "Any time you can sweep the world champions in a season, I think that says a whole lot about your football team."
Grbac's four interceptions tied a team record, set in 1996 by Vinny Testaverde. Although Grbac also threw two TD passes, the Ravens had their three-game winning streak snapped.
Baltimore's eight-game home winning streak was buried under the weight of all those turnovers.
"You can't do what we did and win. I don't care who you're playing," said Shannon Sharpe, who broke the NFL record for career catches by a tight end. "You don't turn the football over [five] times. You don't throw interceptions in the end zone."
Devin Bush returned an interception 43 yards for a touchdown, and Henry, who also picked off three passes against Detroit in Week 2, became the first player since David Fulcher of Cincinnati in 1989 to have two three-interception games in a season. He is the first rookie to do so since Bobby Ply of the AFL Dallas Texans in 1962.
Couch was 19-for-30 for 144 yards and three interceptions for the Browns, who were 0-4 against Baltimore before this season.
Down 20-7, the Ravens moved to the Cleveland 4 on the opening possession of the third quarter before Henry got his third interception.
Minutes later, an apparent fumble by Cleveland's Quincy Morgan inside the Baltimore 10 was overturned by replay. After the Browns punted, Grbac lost a fumble while being hit in the pocket.
But McCrary picked off a tipped pass, and Matt Stover followed with his 17th consecutive field goal to get Baltimore to 20-17 late in the third quarter.
That set up a seemingly inevitable close finish.
Morgan took the opening kickoff 51 yards, setting up a field goal. The Ravens then moved 75 yards to the Cleveland 1 before Grbac threw a fourth-down incomplete pass.
The Ravens' next two possessions were worse. Grbac, throwing into triple coverage, was intercepted by Henry at the Baltimore 39. Four plays later, rookie Ben Gay scored his first NFL touchdown on a 7-yard run.
On the ensuing drive, Bush leaped at the line of scrimmage to pick off a pass, then ran into the end zone untouched to put Cleveland up 17-0.
Sharpe had seven catches for 78 yards. He has 669 career catches, seven more than Ozzie Newsome had during his Hall of Fame career as a tight end with the Cleveland Browns.
Notes: Baltimore has not scored in the first quarter in five consecutive games. ... Woodson became the eighth player in NFL history to have 60 career interceptions. ... Cleveland DB Daylon McCutcheon (ankle) left the game in the third quarter and did not return. ... Ravens CB Duane Starks missed most of the second half with a groin injury.