CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (WJW) – It is finally game day!

While the Cleveland Browns have kept things interesting in the offseason, to say the least, we can finally talk about the game itself.

Jacoby Brissett and the Cleveland Browns kicked things off at 1 p.m. in Charlotte against Baker Mayfield and the Carolina Panthers.

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4:14 p.m.: Cade York nails a 58-yard field goal to give the hard-earned lead win to the Browns at 26-24.

4:04 p.m.: 15-yard, horse collar penalty on Johnson III after Mayfield’s 36-yard pass to McCaffrey.

3:58 p.m.: The Browns have to give the ball to the Panthers with only a 2-point lead and 2 minutes left in the game.

3:46 p.m.: With a 75-yard touchdown, the Panthers are going to make the Browns fight for their win. Browns have a 2-point lead with 23-21.

3:31 p.m.: Mayfield brings it to the end zone himself. The Panthers are now one touchdown away from a tie game. Browns 20-14.

3:27 p.m.: 15 minutes to close it out. Browns enter 4th quarter with a 20-7 lead.

3:13 p.m.: Back-to-back sacks; That’s two sacks for Garrett within minutes, taking Mayfield down for -6 and -7 yards. See them here.

3:08 p.m.: After Brissett’s incomplete pass to Hughlett, York’s 34-yard field goal is good. 20-7 Browns!

3:02 p.m.: Big plays! Schwartz for 15 yards and Chubb for 20. Check out The Real F1ash’s run here.

Halftime score: Browns lead the Panthers 17-7. A remarkable fan turnout is seen at the Bank of America Stadium. See it here.

2:36 p.m.: After a 39-yard pass, two small-gain runs and two incomplete passes, York secures 3 points for the Browns with a field goal. Browns lead 17-7.

2:25 p.m.: The Panthers answer with a 1-yard touchdown. Browns keep the lead with 14-7.

2:15 p.m. Hunt with his second touchdown of the game bringing Browns to a 14-0 lead. Catch the 24-yard play here.

2:13 p.m.: Big play: Browns deep in Panthers territory; Chubb with a gain of 25 yards

1:59 p.m. Touchdown Browns! Brissett pass short right to Hunt for 1 yard.

1:54 p.m.: Interception! Grant Delpit picks off Mayfield for -4 yards. Watch it here. This means free fries at Arby’s!

1:40 p.m.: SACKED! With a team effort by Johnson and Harrison, the two sack Mayfield for -8 yards at the end of the first quarter. Watch it here.

1:38 p.m.: Penalty: 15-yard penalty on Bryan for roughing the passer after Mayfield throws an incomplete pass.

1:28 p.m.: Gaining yards: Brissett with 2 yards; Chubb with 4 yards; Hunt with 6 yards

1:23 p.m.: Brissett with a 15-yard pass short left to Peoples-Jones.

1:05 p.m.: A 61-yard kick off by Cade York starts the game

What a way to start off the 2022 season.

The Carolina Panthers ended last season 5-12. But they have a new quarterback in town. Cleveland’s #6 is now the Panthers guy – who’s been selling merch with the phrase “off the leash,” showing him breaking out of a chain on a dog collar. The Dawg Pound has new guys to root for.

The Browns’ defense should know Mayfield’s moves better than any other team he’ll play this season.

Baker is coming off an injury-riddled season, but when he was healthy, he helped the Browns finish 11-5 in 2020, clinching their first winning season since 2007 and best since 1994.

“You know there’s a lot of relationships during Cleveland that I’m extremely grateful for it and it’s been four years of my life of a lot of changes and growing up that I’m very thankful for. Looking forward to playing against former teammates and familiar faces. That’s always fun to use it to compete against people you know. For me, it’s about just winning. It wouldn’t matter if it’s Cleveland or somebody else,” he said in his Panthers’ introductory press conference in July.

Jacoby Brissett will start for Cleveland. This week, The Ringer’s 2022 Quarterback Rankings for Week 1 put Brissett as 2nd worst starting quarterback in the NFL (but above Pittsburgh’s Mitch Trubisky).

Here’s what Analyst Steven Ruiz wrote about Brissett:

Brissett has almost everything you want in a quarterback: the size, the big arm, and a good grasp on how to play the position. There’s just one problem: His accuracy is horrendous. That may sound a little harsh, but I can’t think of a more appropriate word to describe it. Brissett just can’t get the ball to go where he wants it to. His poor aim and cavalier decision-making leads to some ugly interceptions, which makes it hard for any coaching staff to trust him.

Steven Ruiz, The Ringer

Ouch. But don’t count out the run game. With guys like Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt and D’Ernest Johnson to pick up big yardage, Cleveland has the potential to do more on the ground than a lot of teams.

Cleveland fans will have the chance to see what receiver Amari Cooper can do when he’s playing for their team. The longtime Dallas Cowboys player joined the team in the offseason. He leads the receiving corps with Donovan Peoples-Jones (DVP) and David Bell.

Questionable for Sunday’s game are RT Jack Conklin, RDE Jadaveon Clowney and SS Grant Delpit. The starters will be key this season. Fans will have to wait and see what’s in store.