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NFL regular officials return as Ravens beat Browns 23-16

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    Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox tackles Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs as Cribbs' helmet is dislodged from a hit by another player during the first half Thursday in Baltimore.

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    Side judge Jimmy DeBell (58) shakes hands with Baltimore Ravens punter Sam Koch (4) before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Baltimore, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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    Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox tackles Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs as his helmet is dislodged from a hit by another player during the first half tonight in Baltimore.

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Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox tackles Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs as his helmet is dislodged from a hit by another player during the first half tonight in Baltimore.

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BALTIMORE — The regular NFL officials returned to work Thursday night, and the fans gave them a warm welcome back before bestowing their loudest cheers upon the Baltimore Ravens, who never trailed in a 23-16 victory over the winless Cleveland Browns.

Joe Flacco went 28 for 46 for 356 yards, threw one touchdown and ran for another. Cary Williams returned an interception 63 yards for a score near the end of the third quarter to give the Ravens (3-1) a 13-point lead.

And still, the game wasn't decided until a pass by Cleveland rookie Brandon Weeden sailed out of the end zone as time expired. The kept the Browns (0-4) the only winless team in the AFC.

Unlike the controversial ending of the Green Bay-Seattle game on Monday night, which heightened negotiations to get the regular refs back, this game ended without an argument.

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