Cleveland Browns Instant Reactions: Baker Mayfield era begins

Posted September 21, 2018

He went on to lift the Browns to a 21-17 victory over the New York Jets.

Rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield rallied the Cleveland Browns from a 14-point deficit to win 21-17 over the New York Jets, snapping a 19-game winless drought dating back nearly two years. The Browns will look to win their first game in two years, and they would love nothing more than to do it in front of their home crowd in a primetime spot on Thursday night. That initiated the beginning of the Baker Mayfield era.

S | Cleveland Browns face New York Jets on Thursday Night Football at First Energy Stadium
S | Cleveland Browns face New York Jets on Thursday Night Football at First Energy Stadium

"The Browns have shown a lot of heart over the first two games of the season, so it was only a matter of time until they would pull off an epic comeback win like this", Bud Light vice president Andy Goeler said.

And so ends Cleveland's 19-game winless streak, the NFL's second-longest since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

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Cleveland passed on Darnold to select Mayfield in the draft and there were no second guessers on Thursday at the FirstEnergy Stadium.

After offsetting penalties wiped out the first two-point conversion attempt, which resulted in a sack-fumble for the Jets, the Browns got a second chance and took full advantage of it. At least 200 Bud Light cans were in each fridge.

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Mayfield, who was supposed to spend his first season learning behind Taylor, completed a 14-yard pass on his first throw and then fired 17-yarder on his second as Browns fans roared for the Heisman Trophy victor. "We are nowhere near where we want to be, but we are in a good spot to build a foundation and keep going".

Newly signed Browns kicker Greg Joseph made field goals of 45 and 27 yards after being signed just three days ago. Carlos Hyde ran in for his second touchdown of the game.

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Cleveland's plan was to have Mayfield watch and learn this season.