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CLEVELAND (AP) — Baker Mayfield took the snap in victory formation and dropped to at least one knee as the group roared. When the clock hit zeros, the stadium’s sound system blasted “Hazard Zone.”
The Browns have grow to be hazardous to your playoff well being.
Mayfield outplayed Cam Newton, Jarvis Landry caught a landing move and ran for one more rating and the Cleveland Browns broken Carolina’s postseason hopes with a 26-20 win Sunday over the Panthers, who dropped their fifth straight.
Mayfield bravely threw a 51-yard TD move into visitors to Landry, who had a 3-yard scoring run and added a long term — on an analogous name — early within the fourth quarter to arrange a go-ahead landing.
BOX SCORE: BROWNS 26, PANTHERS 20
Taking part in the spoiler position down the stretch, the Browns (5-7-1) improved to 3-2 below interim coach Gregg Williams, who wanted simply 5 video games to match former Browns coach Hue Jackson’s win whole over two-plus seasons.
“All people loves successful,” stated defensive finish Myles Garrett. “It is totally different for us due to the negatives we have been by, however that is all previously.”
The Panthers (6-7) suffered a loss that would hang-out them for months and can enhance the warmth on coach Ron Rivera.
Newton handed for 265 yards, however overthrew Jarius Wright on 4th-and-goal on the Three with 2:35 left. Carolina bought the ball again, however Newton, who has been taking part in with a sore proper shoulder, badly missed Devin Funchess and was intercepted by Damarious Randall with 57 seconds left.
“It stinks,” Panthers operating again Christian McCaffrey stated. “Lots of people are towards us proper now, however I am going to struggle for each certainly one of these guys. That is precisely what I’ll do and I do know loads of guys will do as nicely. We misplaced. We have misplaced a number of in a row. It is type of us towards the world proper now.”
Mayfield completed 18 of 22 for 238 yards, persevering with his bounce again after throwing three interceptions within the first half final week at Houston.
Carolina got here in only a half-game out of the second wild-card spot within the NFC, however with solely three video games left, together with two towards New Orleans, the Panthers are going to wish assist to make the postseason.
McCaffrey had two TD runs for Carolina and completed with 101 whole yards.
Browns rookie Nick Chubb scored on a 1-yard run to present the Browns a 23-20 lead with 13:05 left. The rating got here one play after Landry took an inside handoff and weaved his means down discipline. Greg Joseph clanged the additional level off the left upright, maintaining the Panthers inside three.
Newton drove the Panthers to the three earlier than throwing two straight incompletions, ending Carolina’s finest likelihood to take the lead.
Mayfield’s 51-yard TD move to Landry tied it 14-all with 8:27 left within the second quarter.
Rolling ignored of the pocket to purchase a while, Mayfield stepped up and confidently delivered an ideal strike to Landry, who was nicely lined on the play by security Eric Reid, his former LSU teammate. As followers celebrated, Landry and a number of other teammates sat down in the long run zone’s nook and pretended to heat themselves round a camp fireplace.
Mayfield and Newton had been each sizzling within the first half. Mayfield accomplished Eight of 10 passes for 176 yards and a TD whereas Newton was 15 of 20 for 185.
Newton drove the Panthers to a landing on their first possession with McCaffrey scoring on a 4-yard run.
Rivera took over defensive play calling from coordinator Eric Washington this week, and Mayfield wasted no time difficult the Panthers.
On Cleveland’s first play, Mayfield unloaded a move that traveled greater than 60 yards within the air to large receiver Breshad Perriman for a 66-yard pickup. Two performs later, Landry scored.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Browns improved to 4-2-1 at FirstEnergy Stadium, clinching their first successful house season since going 7-1 below coach Romeo Crennel in 2007.
“That is fairly cool as a result of the Dawg Pound has at all times been loyal to us,” stated guard Joel Bitonio, who has spent all 5 of his NFL seasons with the workforce. “We would like each workforce to say, `We do not need to go to Cleveland to play.'”
Along with his first completion, Newton eclipsed 3,000 yards passing for the eighth straight season. He got here in needing 1 yard to succeed in the plateau and surpassed it on a 25-yarder to Curtis Samuel on Carolina’s second snap.
Newton joined Peyton Manning as the one quarterbacks in historical past to succeed in 3,000 yards in every of their first eight seasons.
Mayfield joined Kurt Warner (1999) and Brad Johnson (1996-97) as the one gamers since 1966 to throw at the very least one TD move in every of their first 10 profession begins.
Panthers: No vital accidents.
Browns: C JC Tretter barely made it off the sphere within the third quarter earlier than dropping to his knees. Tretter, who has performed a number of weeks with a severely sprained proper ankle, returned to the sport.
Panthers: Host New Orleans on Sunday.
Browns: At Denver on Saturday.
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