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Saturday, December 24, 2011
Halftime: Browns are a first-half disaster

By Jamison Hensley

BALTIMORE -- The Cleveland Browns are making this way too easy for the Baltimore Ravens, who lead 17-0 at halftime.

Already down by 17 points, the Browns made a head-scratcher of a decision to end the first half. On second-and-goal at the 3-yard line, the Browns chose to run the ball in the final seconds without any timeouts.

Peyton Hillis was stopped for no gain with about five seconds remaining. The Browns didn't even attempt to line up to spike the ball to stop the clock. I'm not sure if there was enough time to do it, but the Browns didn't even try. Beyond that, it was just a poor decision by coach Pat Shurmur, who should have either thrown the ball in that situation or kicked the field goal.

It was the second bad play call of the game. On the opening series of the game, the Browns drove into Ravens territory by running the ball and faced a third-and-1. Instead of running Hillis in between the tackles again, Cleveland decided to pass and Seneca Wallace was picked off. The Ravens converted the turnover into their first touchdown.

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