Cleveland Browns Cannot Make the Playoffs But Look to Play Spoiler

Mae Harvey
January 7, 2019

Mayfield threw three touchdown passes - including a 48-yarder to Landry - to finish with 27, an National Football League record for a rookie.

The celebration also came before Mayfield later hilariously threw shade at his former coach Hue Jackson, who now works for the Bengals.

Mayfield finished 23 of 42 for 376 passing yards and three touchdowns, but his three interceptions might have left a bitter aftertaste for some.

With a dramatic win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, the Ravens are now AFC North champions. Then the touchdown was overturned, and the Ravens were at once unfortunate not to have scored and fortunate not to have surrendered an end-to-end defensive touchdown on another Jackson fumble.

Gregg Williams elected to go for it, the Ravens blitzed again, and Pro Bowl linebacker C.J. Mosley batted the ball before coming down with the Ravens' third interception of the afternoon.

It's the first AFC North championship for the Ravens since 2012. It was still the biggest turnaround in team history, but failed to accomplish their goal of finishing above.500 for the first time since they went 10-6 in 2007. The best record the Browns can finish with is 8-7-1 which would not be enough for Cleveland to punch a ticket to the postseason. (Barkley also had a "slam dunk" touchdown run.) Also, Patrick Mahomes joined Peyton Manning as the second QB to throw for 5000 yards and 50 TDs in the same season. Instead, the Ravens looked like they might run away with it in the first half. He gave you a show against the Ravens and he made it exciting. The initial call on the field was a touchdown. The defense recovered a Jackson fumble at the goal line.

Baltimore leads the series 29-10 and is 18-3 against the Browns under Harbaugh, who took over in 2008.

Officials reviewed the play as they do all scoring plays and determined Jackson did not break the plane of the end zone with the ball.

The win ended the season for the Steelers, who had closed out their own victory over Cincinnati minutes earlier and were standing on their home field, cheering for the Browns as they watched the end of the game in Baltimore on the scoreboard.

ANYONE CAN DO IT: Kyle Williams lined up in the backfield, ran out to the flat, made the catch and turned up field for a nine-yard gain. After the TD, his second of the season, he held his hand to ear as if to hear the boos that erupted after he carried the ball for 5 yards on a reverse on the opening drive.

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