Running back Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after scoring a touchdown in front of defensive back Joe Haden #23 of the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio.
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By TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Ray Rice rushed for a career-high 204 yards, breaking loose on a game-changing 67-yarder in the third quarter, and the Baltimore Ravens kept pace with Pittsburgh atop the AFC North by pounding the Cleveland Browns 24-10 on Sunday.
Rice and Ricky Williams had short touchdown runs and Lardarius Webb returned a punt 68 yards for a TD for the Ravens (9-3), who toyed with the Browns (4-8). Baltimore racked up 290 yards rushing.
The Ravens turned to Rice on a blustery, rainy day, when Joe Flacco had trouble throwing and kicker Billy Cundiff missed a pair of field goal attempts.
Cleveland lost for the fifth time in six games, and the Browns have just three days to prepare for the Steelers.
With the Ravens leading 10-3 in the third, Rice got loose on his longest run as a pro.
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