BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens couldn't help watching the scoreboard in the midst of a game they had to win to reach the playoffs.
Baltimore earned a wild-card card berth Sunday by defeating the Cleveland Browns 20-10 and getting an assist halfway across the country.
"When we were down 10-3, yeah, we were paying attention," linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "We had to handle our business, and we did."
A field goal narrowed the gap, and Baltimore took the lead on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Flacco to Torrey Smith with 7:33 left.
"Today it was struggle, struggle, struggle," said Flacco, who went 8 for 9 for 161 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. He finished 22 for 36 for 312 yards, and the two TD passes gave him a career-high 27 for the season.
"Anything can happen when you get into the playoffs," he said. "I won't be surprised if in three weeks from now we're still sitting here playing."
For three quarters, the Ravens stumbled offensively - just as they did one week earlier in a 25-13 loss in Houston. As the game wore on, the home fans showed their dissatisfaction by booing before yet another Baltimore punt.
"These guys want to be sitting on the couch, having parties and cheering for us in a week," Flacco said.
Despite being shorthanded, the Browns stuck with a team playing with a postseason berth on the line.
"We had our chances. I thought we executed our plan well for three quarters and just couldn't finish," Pettine said. "In a lot of ways, it was a microcosm of our season."
Cleveland followed with three straight runs and a punt, giving the Ravens the ball again with 8:23 to go.
Flacco completed a 53-yarder to Smith before hitting the wide receiver on the next play for the go-ahead score.
West ran for 94 yards and Shaw went 14 for 28 for 177 yards, but the Browns finished the season with five straight losses and serious off-the-field issues that must be resolved - not the least of which is at quarterback.
"It's pretty obvious that it's still a big question mark," Pettine said.
There were more fumbles (three) than scoring plays in a first half that ended tied at three.
Shaw launched his professional career by moving the Browns to the Baltimore 25 before fumbling a snap and losing the ball.
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