Browns 21, Jets 17 | 19-game winless streak finally ends for Cleveland


The team had gone 635 days and 19 straight games since their last victory on December 24, 2016. Since then, Griffin is no longer a Brown, the Chargers are no longer in San Diego, and the Browns have not won a football game. It was just Cleveland's second win in 38 games.

Baker Mayfield may not have started Thursday night's contest as the Cleveland Browns quarterback, but by the end of the game he likely cemented his status as the team's starting quarterback moving forward.

As fate would have it, Mayfield and the offense took the lead late 21-17 off a touchdown from Carlos Hyde and the stellar defense held the Jets off for their first win in 635 days. The player of the game was rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield. Linebacker Joe Schobert and cornerback Terrance Mitchell intercepted Jets quarterback Sam Darnold on the next two possessions, sealing the game.

Refrigerators around the city stocked with Bud Lights were finally unlocked, and there figured to be more than a few beverages consumed in the hours ahead.

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The Jets (1-2) grabbed a 14-0 lead on a pair of touchdowns by former Browns running back Isaiah Crowell. He has thrown five interceptions through three games.

Mayfield went 3 of 4 for 47 yards on his first drive, which ended with newly signed rookie Greg Joseph kicking a 45-yard field goal to pull with the Browns within 14-3. Mayfield caught a pass from Landry on a variant of the Eagles' famous "Philly Special" for a two-point conversion to tie it at 14. The Browns had opportunities to win, and a team that hasn't found a way to win a game can't miss not just field goals, but extra points.

At the start of the play, Mayfield ran out of the backfield on a pass pattern and the ball was directly snapped to running back Duke Johnson Jr.