BALTIMORE — Lamar Jackson patted his chest after his second interception, owning up to his mistake against the Cleveland Browns.
Jackson had three of his four turnovers in the first half that kept Cleveland in the game.
However, the defense did not allow the Browns much room to maneuver and Baltimore escaped with a 16-10 victory on Sunday night
It was a huge win for the Ravens, who stayed one game ahead of the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC North. Baltimore (8-3) also took over the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.
"I really, really appreciate our players and the way they fight and the way they don’t flinch. They don’t blink," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "No matter what happens, they keep coming back and playing the next play, this play, this play, this play, this play, one play after another. I’m very proud of them for that, and I respect them greatly for the way they approached the game.
"Defense was just off the charts. I mean, that’s one of the best defensive performances that we’ve seen out here in a long time."
Jackson completed 20 of 32 passes for 165 yards with a touchdown and four interceptions.
The Ravens got down to the Browns' 10-yard line on the opening drive of the second half thanks to a 39-yard pass to Mark Andrews, who was also awarded a pass interference penalty. Jackson then found Andrews on a third-and-goal from the 13 for a 13-3 lead.
Andrews caught four passes for 65 yards with the score.
Cleveland pulled to within 13-10 when Baker Mayfield hit David Njoku for a 20-yard touchdown that was upheld after a lengthy review with 39 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Ravens were driving again to start the fourth quarter, but Jackson threw another interception when his pass was deflected off Andrews. However, the Browns could not capitalize on the turnover.
“We’re determined," Jackson said. "We know we want to win. We want to keep stacking [wins]. It’s a hard division. We’re in one of the tougher divisions, but we fight adversity. We do it all. There’s been a lot going on throughout this whole season, and tonight was another part of it. We just have to keep on doing what we’re doing, and we’re going to click.”
Justin Tucker converted a 49-yard field goal with 1:15 remaining in the game that provided the 16-10 lead.
Cleveland went four-and-out on its final possession.
Baltimore outgained the Browns 303 to 262.
The Ravens also ran for 148 yards and held the Brown top-ranked rushing attack to 40 yards.
"We’ve just got to keep coming," Andrews said. "We’re in control of our own destiny, which is a beautiful thing, but we’ve got to get better. We’ve got to get better in every aspect, but we’ve got a bunch of fighters on this team. We believe, we trust each other, and we’re going to come each and every day to work, to get better, just trying to be the best team we can be."
A 52-yard field goal by Tucker gave the Ravens a 3-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, Both teams played physically, and neither the Browns nor Ravens were able to establish a run game.
The Ravens had a 17-play, 59-yard drive that took 8:41 off the clock in the second quarter. But they had to settle for another short field goal by Tucker that provided a 6-0 lead midway through the second quarter.
Jackson had a costly interception with just over two minutes left in the half. The Browns made him pay with a 46-yard field goal by Chase McLaughlin.
Jackson threw another interception on the next possession, but Odafe Oweh forced another fumble on Mayfield. However, Jackson killed another potential scoring drive with his third interception of the first half.
“We’re just starting to get to come together," Oweh said. "The crazy part is that’s not even the best we can play. We’re still missing people. We’re still cleaning up the little things, but once we get that figured out, it’s going to be light’s out. I’m so proud of the defense. I’m so proud of how we played. I can’t wait for the future.”
Mayfield completed 18 of 37 passes for 247 yards with a touchdown.
"Baltimore did a good job," Mayfield said. "When they showed zero pressures, they bailed out. And when they weren't showing it, they brought it. We just need to recognize that and make more plays. We need to have a little bit more confidence and regroup and trust that we have the guys that can make those plays.”