Browns finally get a win
The Associated Press - September 21, 2018 9:45 am
CLEVELAND (AP) – It finally happened. The 19-game winless streak is over. The Cleveland Browns have their first victory since December 2016, and their rookie quarterback led them to victory.
The Browns trailed 14-0 near halftime before first overall pick Baker Mayfield entered the game and rallied Cleveland to its first win in 635 days, 21-17 over the New York Jets.
Mayfield took over after Tyrod Taylor suffered a concussion. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner finished 17 of 23 for 201 yards, leading four scoring drives and catching a pass for a two-point conversion.
Carlos Hyde had a pair of one-yard touchdown runs, the last giving the Browns the lead with 2:04 remaining. Hyde carried 23 times for 98 yards.
Jarvis Landry caught eight passes for 103 yards and threw the conversion pass to Mayfield that tied the game 14-14 in the third quarter.
Sam Darnold didn’t fare well in a matchup of the first two quarterbacks taken in this year’s draft, completing 15 of 31 passes for 169 yards. The Jets had two chances to regain the lead after the two-minute warning, but the drives ended with interceptions by Darnold as New York fell to 1-2.
The winless skid was the league’s second-longest since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. The Browns are 1-1-1