CLEVELAND (Sept. 24, 2006) -- As Matt Stover jogged onto the field, the Baltimore Ravens ' worries were over. A few seconds and 52 yards later, Stover had given them three points and their first 3-0 start.
"I've always called him Automatic Stover," linebacker Ray Lewis said.
Baltimore's Steve McNair then went 6 of 9 for 52 yards to set up the 38-year-old Stover, who spent five years in Cleveland but left in 1995 when owner Art Modell moved his franchise to Maryland.
"Sure it means a lot," said Stover, who also made kicks of 32 and 43 yards. "The Browns are a long, lost family. When I hit it, it was money -- right down the middle."
Cleveland led 14-3 going into the fourth, and was on the verge of an upset when Baltimore's defense came up big.
Frye, making big plays on the fly and shaking off Baltimore's best shots, threw a 58-yard TD pass to Braylon Edwards and ran for another. He had the Browns in position to put it away, but on second-and-goal at Baltimore's 4, he was blindsided by linebacker Bart Scott as he let go of his pass to Edwards.
"If he doesn't get hit, it's a TD," Edwards said. "It was a great play call."
McAlister, though, had excellent position and stepped inside of Edwards for the pick.
"I had my antenna up because they went to that play earlier," McAlister said. "It was pretty much our last opportunity."
"It all starts with Steve," Heap said. "He looked everybody in the eye and told us what we needed to do. To do what he did with the pressure on is very special."
Frye finished 21 of 33 for a career-high 298 yards for the Browns, who were without leading rusher Reuben Droughns (shoulder) and still managed to make the NFL's best defense sweat to the finish.
Edwards had five catches for 116 yards -- all before halftime -- and Kellen Winslow had seven receptions for 92.
"It's a tough loss," said Frye, who was rocked by several shots, including a vicious hit by Adalius Thomas. "It's disappointing to have a team on the ropes like that and let them come back."
Earlier in the week, Winslow criticized Cleveland's play calling and urged the club to get the ball to its playmakers. The Browns did better, but not enough.
Frye's 1-yard run 24 seconds before halftime capped a 74-yard drive during which the Browns' second-year QB had to scramble from trouble before finding his targets -- Winslow, Edwards and Dennis Northcutt -- as Cleveland took a surprising 14-3 lead.
The Ravens, who went 0-for-6 on third-down conversions in the first half, finally began clicking on offense and pulled within 14-9 in the third on McNair's short scoring toss to Heap.
Baltimore went for 2, but McNair's pass to Heap was broken up.
Without Droughns, Cleveland's offense figured to sputter, and it frequently fizzled in the first as the Browns gained 13 yards and Frye was sacked three times.
"Charlie came over and said, 'Bro, we're going up top,"' Edwards said.
Frye has rushed for a TD in three straight games, the first Cleveland QB to do so since Hall of Famer Otto Graham in 1954. ... Ravens LB Terrell Suggs injured his hamstring in the fourth. ... Browns LB Willie McGinest, sidelined last week with a calf injury, had a sack and three tackles. The Browns were also without CB Gary Baxter (chest).