CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns are victorious after topping the New York Jets, 21-17. This is the first time the Browns have won a game since December 2016.
The Browns took back the lead with two minutes left in the fourth quarter when running back Carlos Hyde scored his second touchdown of the night, raising the score to 21-17.
The Cleveland Browns were looking for their first win in over 630 days.
The Cleveland Browns received the opening kick after the New York Jets won the coin toss and deferred to the second half.
The Browns and Jets remained scoreless at the end of the first quarter.
The Browns’ offense struggled mightily in the first quarter and a costly blocked punt led to the Jets being first to score in the game. Former Browns player and current Jets’ running back Isaiah Crowell rushed 7 yards for a touchdown in the start of the second quarter. The Jets led the Browns 7-0, at that point.
Crowell received his second touchdown of the game for the Jets, followed by a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct. New York led Cleveland 14-0.
The Browns’ new kicker Greg Joseph kicked a 45-yard field goal with less than 30 seconds left in the first half, the Browns finally putting points on the board.
QB Tyrod Taylor was being evaluated for a concussion near the end of the second quarter and Baker Mayfield went in as quarterback.
The New York Jets led the Browns by 11 points at halftime. The score was 14-3.
Taylor was out with a concussion, the Browns announced, as they headed into the second half. Meantime, Browns’ strong safety and return specialist Jabrill Peppers, who sustained a shoulder injury during the second quarter, returned to the game during the third quarter.
Browns’ linebacker James Burgess suffered a knee injury, also during the third quarter, but was expected to return to the game.
The Browns’ new kicker Greg Joseph scored again after kicking a 27-yard field goal in the third quarter. At that point, the Jets led the Browns 14-6.
The Browns scored their first touchdown of the game near the end of the third quarter, after a great throw by Baker Mayfied and deep pass to Jarvis Landry set Carlos Hyde up for a 1 yard tackle, raising the score 14-12.
The Cleveland Browns and New York Jets were tied 14-14 after Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry successfully threw a two point conversion pass to quarterback Baker Mayfield.
But, that quickly changed when the Jets scored a field goal, making the score 17-14.
The Browns released their inactive list before Thursday’s game, stating the following team members would not be playing:
- Quarterback Drew Stanton
- Wide receiver Rod Streater
- Linebacker Christian Kirksey
- Tight end Seth DeValve
- Defensive lineman Emmanuel Ogbah
- Defensive lineman Ifeadi Odenigbo
- Defensive lineman Devaroe Lawrence