That was a good game for about three quarters, and then the wheels came off. The Cleveland Browns headed into the fourth quarter with a 10-3 lead over the Ravens, behind a competent performance from rookie QB Connor Shaw and a solid defensive effort. Baltimore out-scored the Browns 17-0 in the final quarter of play to come out on top 20-10.
Adding salt into the wound is the fact that the victory, coupled with the Chargers falling to the Chiefs, allowed Baltimore to make the postseason as the sixth seed in the AFC. Every team in the AFC North made the playoffs except for Cleveland, who finished the year with a 7-9 record. The Browns were 7-4 at one point but closed out the season with five straight losses.
The offseason is officially underway. A lot of fans would have taken a 7-9 season, but I weigh context into the situation: losing five straight games after being in position for a playoff berth is a huge disappointment, and at this point, our quarterback situation is even more uncertain than it was at the beginning of the 2014 season.
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