Cleveland Browns: Team Earns First Playoff Win Since 1994

“Their first playoff win since 1994!” You can say that again. The Cleveland Browns were doubted big time heading into their Wild Card game vs. Pittsburgh on Sunday. Cleveland recorded their first playoff win since 1994 (against the New England Patriots) in a 48-37 dominating win over Pittsburgh.

The tone of the game was set when Maurkice Pouncey snapped the football over the head of Ben Roethlisberger. Karl Joseph recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown. This lead to a 28-0 lead for the Cleveland Browns after just one quarter.

This was one of the reasons why the head their first playoff win since 1994. Baker Mayfield may have played his best or second best game of the season. He completed 21-of-34 passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns. Mayfield also rushed for three yards on five carries.

Mayfield is the heart and soul of the Cleveland Browns. He got a lot of help from his football team in this game.

Nick Chubb rushed for 76 yards on 18 carries. He also caught four passes for 69 yards receiving and a touchdown. Chubb is one of the best running backs in the NFL.

Kareem Hunt rushed for 48 yards on eight carries and two touchdowns. He also caught one pass for 13 yards receiving.

These two players were one of the reasons why they recorded their first playoff win since 1994.

Highlights

Jarvis Landry caught five passes for 92 yards receiving and a touchdown.

Austin Hooper caught seven passes for 46 yards receiving and a touchdown.

Landry and Hooper are the top two receiving targets on the Cleveland Browns. This offense has been better ever since wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. hurt himself with a season ending knee injury.

The defense gave up a lot of chunks, but it didn’t matter too much really against Ben Roethlisberger. They stopped the run.

They will need to button down and prepare for Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs next weekend. Myles Garrett will need to get a pass rush. Denzel Wards needs to be back. They will both be important for the Cleveland Browns next weekend.

The Cleveland Browns did not have head coach Kevin Stefanski due to the coronavirus. He had to watch the game from the basement in his house. Stefanski maybe the Coach of the Year in the NFL. What he has accomplished in his first season as the Cleveland Browns head coach is amazing.

Final Thoughts

Offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt called the plays and Cleveland Browns special teams coordinator Mike Priefer was the acting head coach. These two coaches deserve a ton of credit for being the reason why this team so was prepared for this football game, along with Kevin Stefanski.

The Cleveland Browns (12-5) will be on the road against the Kansas City Chiefs (14-2) next Sunday.

The Pittsburgh Steelers (12-5) will have a lot of answers to figure out this offseason, including the future of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and head coach Mike Tomlin.

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