January 5th, 2003 was the last time the Cleveland Browns were in the playoffs. The result of that game was 36-33 defeat at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Today, the Browns (11-5) and Baker Mayfield had a chance to avenge that loss from 18 years ago and advance to the AFC Divisional Round against the Kansas City Chiefs by defeating the 12-4 Steelers who started the season at an impressive 11-0 before going 1-4 to close out the season.
It took only 14 seconds for the Browns to get a touchdown as Maurkice Pouncey snapped the ball too high for Ben Roethlisberger at their own 22 and the ball reached the end zone where the Browns’ Karl Joseph would pounce on the ball. And it seemed like 18 years of no playoffs had a volcano effect as Roethlisberger would throw an interception, which was picked off by M.J. Stewart. That resulted in Baker Mayfield throwing a touchdown to Jarvis Landry to make it 14-0.
It would take the Steelers almost two full quarters to get a touchdown, but James Connor would run it in from the 1 yard line to make it 28-7, but Cleveland would fly down the field and get a touchdown on a pass from Mayfield to tight end Austin Hooper to make it 35-7 The Steelers would end the half with a 49-yard Field Goal from Chris Boswell to make it 35-10.
The Steelers would make it something of a game in the 3rd Quarter. Roethlisberger would throw a touchdown to Eric Ebron and attempt the 2-point conversion, which resulted in an incompletion. Then Roethlisberger would find Juju Smith-Schuster for six to make it 35-23. But Mayfield found Nick Chubb for a touchdown, which helped Cleveland change the momentum. The Browns would go on to win and face the Kansas City Chiefs next week.
Ben Roethlisberger- 47-68 501 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. Holds NFL Record for Most Completions in a game.
Baker Mayfield– 21-34, 263 yards, and 3 touchdowns
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