With the Cleveland Browns’ 2020 NFL season within the books, we have a look again on the staff’s high 10 performs.
CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns’ 2020 season could also be over, however what a season it was.
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At 11-5, the Browns turned of their greatest regular-season document since 1994, clinching a spot within the postseason for the primary time since 2002. As soon as within the playoffs, Cleveland’s success did not cease there, because the Browns beat the Pittsburgh Steelers within the wild card spherical, which marked the franchise’s first postseason victory in 26 years.
Cleveland’s exceptional marketing campaign would not have been doable with out a number of key performs from a few of its high gamers. With that in thoughts, let’s have a look again on the 10 greatest performs from the Browns’ 2020 season, which will be re-lived with the “Voice of the Browns” Jim Donovan’s calls within the video participant above.
10. Browns take 7-Zero result in begin wild card spherical
Taking part in in its first postseason recreation for the reason that 2002 season, it did not take lengthy for Cleveland to take a lead. On the very first play from scrimmage, Steelers middle Maurkice Pouncey snapped the ball over the top of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, with Browns security Karl Joseph recovering the ball ultimately zone to provide Cleveland an early 7-Zero lead en path to what can be a 48-37 Browns win.
9. Denzel Ward ices Eagles
With 2:07 remaining within the recreation of their Week 11 matchup, the Philadelphia Eagles discovered themselves on the Browns’ 10-yard line trailing by a rating of 22-10. Carson Wentz’s try to chop Cleveland’s result in a single-score, nonetheless, was intercepted by Denzel Ward on a play that might power Philadelphia to make use of its remaining timeouts in what would finally be a 22-17 Browns win.
8. Kendall Lamm catches ‘huge man landing’ vs. Titans
Between Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Austin Hooper, David Njoku and Harrison Bryant, Baker Mayfield had no scarcity of pass-catchers to select from this season. However one among Mayfield’s most memorable landing passes was caught by 310-pound offensive deal with Kendall Lamm, who was on the receiving finish of a 1-yard rating in Cleveland’s Week 13 win over the Tennessee Titans.
7. Landry to Beckham
Within the first quarter of his staff’s Week Four matchup in opposition to the Dallas Cowboys, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski dialed up a deep move not from Mayfield, however fairly broad receiver Jarvis Landry. The 5-time Professional Bowl receiver/Cleveland emergency quarterback made good on his alternative, connecting with greatest pal Odell Beckham Jr. on a 37-yard completion to provide the Browns an early 7-Zero lead.
6. Myles’ strip-sack seals win vs. Washington
For 3 straight weeks, star defensive finish Myles Garrett recorded game-changing strip-sacks. Probably the most impactful got here on Dwayne Haskins on a play that helped clinch Cleveland’s 34-20 victory over the Washington Soccer Workforce in Week 3.
5. Nick Chubb stiff-arm vs. Eagles
Whereas Nick Chubb has all the time been generally known as a strong runner, he took it to a different stage in opposition to the Eagles. On what was a 54-yard run that helped arrange a Kareem Hunt landing, Chubb threw Philadelphia defensive finish Joe Ostman to the bottom with one of the forceful stiff-arms of your entire season.
4. Nick Chubb’s non-touchdown vs. Texans
Maybe Chubb’s most spectacular run of the season did not even end in him reaching the top zone — regardless that it may have. With Cleveland holding onto a 10-7 lead with 1:07 remaining within the fourth quarter in opposition to the Houston Texans, Chubb took off down the sideline on a 59-yard run. Somewhat than scoring a landing, nonetheless, the two-time Professional Bowl operating again opted to step out of bounds, permitting the Browns to finish the sport with a pair of knees — a lot to the dismay of those that had guess on Cleveland to cowl the 4.5-point unfold.
3. OBJ clinches win vs. Cowboys
After the Cowboys chipped away at what had been a 41-14 result in get inside three factors of the Browns, Cleveland’s offense took over on the 50-yard line with 3:42 remaining and trying to milk some clock. As a substitute, it took all of 1 play for the Browns to get again into the top zone with Beckham clinching a 49-38 victory with a 50-yard landing run on a reverse.
2. Donovan Peoples-Jones game-winner vs. Bengals
After Joe Burrow’s landing move to Giovani Bernard with 1:06 remaining gave the Cincinnati Bengals a 34-31 lead, it appeared the Browns would see their document drop 4-Three in the identical recreation they’d simply misplaced Beckham to a season-ending torn ACL. That, nonetheless, was earlier than Mayfield led Cleveland on a 5-play, 75-yard landing drive, which he capped with a 24-yard landing move to Donovan Peoples-Jones with simply 11 seconds remaining within the recreation.
Main the Steelers 24-22 and going through a 3rd down with 1:10 remaining within the recreation, two yards stood between the Browns and their first playoff look in 18 years. Working a QB sweep, Mayfield picked up three yards, sending Cleveland to the postseason for the primary time since 2002.
In an interview with Monday Morning Quarterback’s Albert Breer, Browns guard Joel Bitonio revealed that the identify of the play was “Maserati.” Some additional digging confirmed that the play identify might have finally been a dig at one among Mayfield’s most vocal critics, Fox Sports activities’ Colin Cowherd.