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As they took the field at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday night, referee Gene Steratore and his crew doffed their caps to acknowledge a standing ovation -- the crowd welcoming them back as saviors in stripes.
The love lasted little more than a half before the home fans grew grumpy while the Ravens struggled -- partially due to some yellow flags -- to a 23-16 victory over the winless Cleveland Browns.
Then these saviors heard familiar jeers. Let's consider that progress.
"Pressure is a wonderful thing," Steratore said of his crew's return -- the season debut of "real" NFL officials after their lockout ended early Thursday morning.
"It's not a stressful pressure. It's just pressure. In order to do what we do, it's something that we all embrace. I think as the levels increase, we almost get a little more calm."
The officials, members of the NFL Referees Association, had been locked out since June after their agreement with the lea...
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The Baltimore Ravens may not be happy about having to play Thursday night, but they should be thrilled to see the Cleveland Browns on the other side of the field.
The Ravens have won eight straight over their AFC North rivals, and the Browns are the conference's only winless team heading into this matchup at M&T Bank Stadium.
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The Baltimore Ravens played on Monday night, Sunday night and Thursday night. They endured four games in 18 days, the last three of which were decided in the final minute.
And then, on the 19th day, the Ravens rested.
After holding on to beat winless Cleveland 23-16 Thursday night, the Ravens (3-1) are off until Monday.
Baltimore came in as 13-point favorites over the Browns,...
During Thursday Night's Ravens/Browns affair in Baltimore, Cleveland kick returner Josh Cribbs got knocked out of the game on a punt return in the second quarter.
Cribbs took a shoulder shot from Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe which sent his helmet flying and dislodged the ball from his left arm.
Check out the below brutal hit courtesy of SB Nation:
The Ravens survived a late scare for Cleveland to defeat their divisional foe 23-16.
A game that featured nearly 800 yards in offense, an interception return for a touchdown, helmet-loosening hits and a thrilling finish may best be remembered for what it didn't have: Controversy over the officiating.
The regular officials returned to the field Thursday night, and they nearly had to work overtime on their first day back. Rookie Brandon Weeden misfired on two...
The Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens enjoyed an NFL game last night with some real refs finally. But unfortunately for Josh Cribbs this hit came along with it. He was returning a punt when he ran into a crushing hit by LB Dannell Ellerbe of the Ravens and fumbled the ball. His helmet popped off and he smacked his head on the turf, but was able to walk off the field...
The regular NFL officials returned to cheers, and the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns didn't give the crowd much to yell about during a scoreless first quarter Thursday night.
Browns punt returner Joshua Cribbs lost his helmet while taking a hard hit, and lay prone for several minutes before being helped from the field. He had a head injury and was declared out for the...
The NFL and the NFL Referees Association agreed to the terms of a new eight-year collective bargaining agreement Wednesday night. The officials will return to action beginning tonight for the Browns-Ravens game.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell lifted the lockout prior to being ratified by the NFLRA members in order to have the officials work tonight matchup between the Cleveland...
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Hello, everyone, welcome to another edition of AFC North Beat.This week the Ravens host the Browns, the Bengals travel to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars, and the Steelers are at Idle.With so much at stake for all teams involved, let’s get down to the five things to look for heading into this weekend:1) Baltimore tries to avoid a letdown against divisional rival Cleveland...