Ravens notebook: Defense, again, can't get off field in fourth quarter

CLEVELAND - For the third consecutive game, the Ravens' defense couldn't come up with a stop late in the fourth quarter that could have helped prevent Baltimore from losing.
The Packers effectively ran the final 2 minutes, 4 seconds off of the clock in Week 6 after the Ravens' offense cut Green Bay's lead to two.
The Steelers drove for a game-winning field goal as time expired vs. Baltimore's defense in Week 7.
And on Sunday, the Browns took more than six minutes off of the clock late in the fourth quarter with Baltimore trailing by just three. The drive didn't end until just 14 seconds were left, which left the Ravens with just enough time for two desperation plays to get into the end zone for the necessary touchdown.
"Very frustrating," Baltimore inside linebacker Daryl Smith said. "It's like I don't know how many weeks in a row. We've just got to dig down deep and find a way, and we didn't tonight."
The Ravens forced Cleveland into a third-and-3 early in the drive, but Browns quarterback Jason Campbell scrambled 12 yards for a first down.
Four plays later, Cleveland faced a fourth-and-1 at Baltimore's 43-yard line with just less than four minutes remaining. The Browns went for it rather than punting and picked up the first down on a 3-yard pass from Campbell to wide receiver Davone Bess,
Campbell was pressured on the play. But while rolling right, he managed to throw back across his body and find Bess over the middle of the field, and Bess made a difficult catch while going to the ground despite tight coverage by Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb.
Browns running back Chris Ogbonnaya had a 17-yard catch-and-run two plays later to pick up another first down and then a 14-yard catch-and-run two plays later immediately following the two minute warning. The second one essentially put the game away.
Cleveland had just 315 yards on offense, but Campbell threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns and exploited Baltimore's defense for several key plays late.
"I thought Jason Campbell played exceptionally well," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "That last play on fourth-and-1 I think would be a good expression of how he played.
"Played really well, moving around, scrambling on that drive as well. We couldn't keep him corralled in the pocket like we need too."
CRITICAL ERROR: Baltimore trailed by just four midway through the third quarter and were about to get the ball back on offense when Tandon Doss muffed a punt, which the Browns recovered at the Ravens' 11-yard line.
Cleveland scored to go up 21-10 two plays later.
Doss has fared well as Baltimore's punt returner since Week 2 and bounced back with a 36-yard return on his next opportunity, but the muffed punt proved costly.
"You have to catch it," Harbaugh said. "It's moving a little up there. It's always windy in Cleveland. It was kind of a knuckleball punt, [but] Tandon has great hands. We were all surprised to see the ball on the ground.
"He's going to catch that 99 times out of a hundred. Unfortunately he didn't catch it when it counted for us."
SHANK: Punter Sam Koch has been mostly dependable for the Ravens the last eight seasons, but he had several uncharacteristic shanked punts during the first seven games and had another one Sunday at an inopportune time.
Baltimore decided to punt after getting stopped on a third-and-3 at its own 47-yard line down three with just less than seven minutes left in the fourth quarter.
But instead of pinning the Browns deep in their own territory, Koch had a punt that went just 25 yards before going out of bounds at Cleveland's 29-yard line.
"He's struggling a little bit in games," Harbaugh said. "He's had one or two bad punts every game. That's not Sam. Sam and I talked about it the past two weeks.
"He's punting well in practice. His technique is really good. I have to see what happened on the last one. I'm sure he got the ball inside for some reason on the drop. Don't know why. Maybe he was a little bit long with his footwork. But we needed a big punt there and didn't get one."
BRIGHT SPOT: One bright spot for Baltimore Sunday was the play of rookie wide receiver Marlon Brown.
Brown has gone from an undrafted free agent viewed as a long shot to make the team to a player who continues to make big plays for the Ravens' passing game.
He had five catches for 54 yards and two touchdowns Sunday. He also caught a two-point conversion to cut the Browns' lead to 21-18 early in the fourth quarter.
"Marlon played really well," Harbaugh said. "Marlon made plays for us. Marlon made catches and runs after the catch. He made a spectacular play on the two-point conversion. I'm really proud of the way he played. He did a really great job."
INJURY: Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith left during the second half with a strained groin and didn't return.
He was replaced in the base defense by Corey Graham and Chykie Brown in sub-packages.