TAMPA BAY -- The Cleveland Browns fall to Tampa Bay 26-23 in overtime.
The Browns scored first in the game against Tampa Bay on FOX 8 Sunday afternoon.
The Browns recorded their first safety since 2014 and led 2-0.
At the end of the first, the Buccaneers led, 3-2.
At the start of the second quarter, Tampa Bay increased their lead to 9-2, then to 16-2.
Before the half, Christian Kirksey scored an interception. The Buccaneers still led at the half, 16-2.
The Browns were first to score in the second half as tight end David Njoku scored a 15-yard touchdown on a pass from quarterback Baker Mayfield. The Buccaneers still led the Browns 16-9.
However, the Buccaneers increased the point gap with less than 30 seconds to play in the third quarter. Running back Ronald Jones II rushed 2-yards for a touchdown, raising the score 23-9.
Then, the Browns were first to put points up during the fourth quarter. Running back Nick Chubb rushed 1-yard for goal and placekicker Greg Joseph kicked the extra point. The score at this point was 23-16.
Wide receiver Jarvis Landry ties it up after scoring a touchdown on a 16-yard pass from Mayfield, raising the score 23-23.
The Browns and Buccaneers entered overtime.
A 59-yard field goal by the Buccaneers resulted in another Browns loss. The final score was 26-23.
The Browns have 1 win, 1 tie, and 2 losses in four overtime games this season.
The Browns entered Sunday's game looking to bounce back after their worst performance so far of the season last Sunday against the L.A. Chargers. The offense scored just one touchdown and the defense was shredded by the Chargers' running game.
They were were also looking for their first road win of the season and first in three years. Hue Jackson addressed the team Saturday alerting them of the struggles they have faced on the road.
“The thing that I think is important is that we have had chances,” said Jackson. “Now, we just have to get over that other hump of doing it and just making sure that we are finishing. It has been a long time since we have even been at the door on the road. The last time that I can remember was back in Miami that hits my mind in 2016. It is small victories for us that way from myself, but it is not what we want.”
The Browns were limping defensively into Tampa. Joe Schobert missed his first career game with a hamstring injury; Christian Kirksey slid into the inside linebacker position as a result. Defensive back E.J. Gaines was out with a concussion and T.J. Carrie started in his place.
“It is always the next man up mindset,” said safety Jabrill Peppers before the game. “You prepare like you are going to start all year or when your number gets called. We know what kind of league this is – injuries happen. We have to execute as a team.”