CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cleveland Browns topped the Carolina Panthers 26-20 at FirstEnergy Stadium after what remained a very close game.
The Panthers scored on their opening possession.
Then quarterback Baker Mayfield responded with a 66-yard bomb to Breshad Perriman.
Jarvis Landry ran it in for the score. Cleveland and Carolina were tied 7-7 at the end of the first.
Then the Panthers scored a touchdown at the start of the 2nd quarter.
However, the Browns responded with another beautiful play. Landry scored a touchdown on a 51-yard pass from Mayfield, tying the score up again.
Then the Panthers responded with a 30-yard field goal. The Browns followed suit as Greg Joseph made a 49-yard field goal. The teams were tied 17-17 at the end of the half.
Meanwhile, Mayfield made another milestone. He joins Kurt Warner (1999) and Brad Johnson (1996-97) as the only NFL players since 1966 to throw at least one touchdown pass in each of their first ten career starts.
The Panthers were the only team to score during the third quarter after the Browns defense held them to a field goal.
The Panthers led 20-17 at the end of the third.
The Browns kicked off the fourth quarter strong as Nick Chubb rushed 4-yards for a touchdown. The Browns took the lead, unfortunately placekicker Greg Joseph missed the extra point.
However, Cleveland continued to maintain their lead against Carolina when Joseph kicked a 41-yard field goal, raising the score 26-20 where it remained until the end of the game.
The Browns are now 5-7-1 this season and they play next Saturday in Denver against the Broncos.