Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine said he blames himself for Sunday's 23-21 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. The Browns had two three-and-outs in the final five minutes while leading 21-20.
The Browns had two three-and-outs in the final five minutes while leading 21-20. The two possessions combined to eat up fewer than 90 seconds of clock, allowing the Ravens enough time to kick a game-winning field goal as time expired.
“For the bulk of it the players played well enough to have a victory,” he said. “I put this one on me. We didn’t coach well enough to win today. I’m not going to get into too much of the specifics until I get a chance to go through it. The list is long.”
Starting quarterback Brian Hoyer called the loss "heartbreaking."
“It’s tough, it’s heartbreaking,” said Hoyer, who went 19-for-25 for 290 yards, a touchdown and a 127.1 rating. “We made a lot of plays but we didn’t make them when we really needed to. In this league, you have to do it when it’s on the line.”
The Browns had a trick-play involving backup quarterback Johnny Manziel catching a pass called back because of a penalty.
Cleveland dropped to 1-2 on the season with the loss. The Browns play the Tennessee Titans on the road on Sunday.
- Paul Palladino