With the Cleveland Browns’ 2020 NFL season on the books, we’re taking a look back at the team’s top 10 games.
CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Browns 2020 season may be over, but what a season it was.
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At 11: 5, the Browns set their best record in the regular season since 1994 and for the first time since 2002 they got a place in the postseason. In the playoffs, Cleveland’s success didn’t stop there. when the Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild card roundThis marked the franchise’s first postseason win in 26 years.
Cleveland’s remarkable campaign would not have been possible without several key games from some of its top players. With that in mind, let’s take a look back at the 10 best pieces of the Browns 2020 season that can be revived with Jim Donovan’s “Voice of the Browns” calls in the video player above.
10. Browns take a 7-0 lead to start the wild card round
Cleveland played in its first postseason game since the 2002 season and it didn’t take long to take the lead. In the very first game after the scrimmage, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey shot the ball over the head of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Brown’s safety Karl Joseph brought the ball back in the end zone, putting Cleveland on their way to what would be a 7-0 lead with a 48-37 Browns win.
9. Denzel Ward Iced Eagles
At 2:07 in their game of matchup in Week 11, the Philadelphia Eagles were on the Browns’ 10-yard line, 22-10 back. Carson Wentz’s attempt to reduce Cleveland’s lead to a single hit, however, was intercepted by Denzel Ward in a game that would force Philadelphia to use his remaining time-outs for an eventual 22-17 win for the Browns.
8. Kendall Lamm catches ‘Big Man Touchdown’ against Titans
Between Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Austin Hooper, David Njoku and Harrison Bryant, Baker Mayfield has had no shortage of pass catchers to choose from this season. But one of Mayfield’s most memorable touchdown passes was caught by Kendall Lamm, who scored a 1-yard score in Cleveland’s Week 13 win against the Tennessee Titans.
BIG MAN TOUCHDOWN
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– Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 6, 2020
7. Landry to Beckham
In the first quarter of his team’s week 4 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, Brown’s head coach Kevin Stefanski picked a deep pass not from Mayfield but from Jarvis Landry. The 5-time Pro Bowl recipient / Cleveland emergency quarterback took advantage of the opportunity to team up with best friend Odell Beckham Jr. after 37 yards to give the Browns an early 7-0 lead.
JARVIS LANDRY TO ODELL BECKHAM JR
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– Cleveland Browns (@Browns) 4th October 2020
6. Myles’ strip sack seal wins against Washington
For three weeks, star defensive end Myles Garrett recorded groundbreaking strip sacks. Dwayne Haskins was most effective at a game that earned Cleveland’s 34:20 win over Washington Football Team in Week 3.
5. Nick Chubb stiff arm against Eagles
While Nick Chubb has always been known as a strong runner, he took it to another level against the Eagles. On a 54-yard run that helped build a Kareem Hunt touchdown, Chubb tossed Philadelphia’s defensive end, Joe Ostman, to the ground with one of the strongest stiff arms of the season.
Tackle @ nickchubb21 is difficult, we understand.
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– Cleveland Browns (@Browns) 22nd November 2020
4. Nick Chubbs non-touchdown against Texans
Perhaps Chubb’s most impressive run of the season didn’t even see him make it to the end zone – though it could have. After Cleveland had a 7-1 advantage over the Houston Texans in the fourth quarter, Chubb started down the sideline with a run of 59 meters. Instead of scoring a touchdown, the two-time Pro Bowl that ran back opted to push the limits and allowed the Browns to finish the game on two knees – much to the horror of those who bet Cleveland to cover the 4.5 point spread.
.@ NickChubb21 goes out at the one yard line to ice it. #Browns
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– NFL (@NFL) November 15, 2020
3. OBJ wins against cowboys
After the Cowboys lost a 41-14 lead to finish within three points of the Browns, Cleveland’s offensive at the 50-yard line took over at 3:42 and tried to milk a clock. Instead, it only took the Browns a single game to return to the end zone. Beckham took a 49-38 win with a 50-yard touchdown on the back.
hat trick @obj! 🎩🎩🎩
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– Cleveland Browns (@Browns) 4th October 2020
2. Donovan Peoples Jones winner against Bengals
After Joe Burrow’s touchdown pass to Giovani Bernard 1:06 minutes ahead of the Cincinnati Bengals 34:31, it seemed like the Browns were breaking their record in the same game in which they had just lost Beckham at the end of the season , with 4: 3 lose ACL. However, that was just 11 seconds in the game before Mayfield led Cleveland on a 5-game 75-yard touchdown drive, which he completed with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones.
The catch.@ Bakermayfield to @dpeoplesjones FOR THE WIN.
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– Cleveland Browns (@Browns) October 25, 2020
Two meters from the Browns and their first playoff appearance in 18 years, they led the Steelers 24-22 and were 1:10 in the game before a third deficit. With a QB sweep, Mayfield picked up three yards, sending Cleveland off-season for the first time since 2002.
in the an interview with Albert Breer from Monday Morning QuarterbackBrown’s guardian Joel Bitonio revealed that the play’s name was “Maserati”. Some more digging indicated that the name of the game could ultimately have been a confrontation with one of Mayfield’s most vocal critics, Colin Cowherd of Fox Sports.