The Browns’ dramatic loss to the Jets felt incredibly improbable, but it was actually history repeating itself in a much worse way for Cleveland.
The Cleveland Browns led the New York Jets by 13 points with 1:23 left in the game.
They lost by one.
that’s right. That’s not typos or daydreaming. That’s what actually happened. The Browns took a 13-point lead with less than 90 seconds left. To the Jets.
It was unbelievable but also, strangely enough, a perfect fit for a Browns franchise that had literally been here before.
When was the last time a team led by 13 in the final two minutes and lost? Cleveland Browns.
The Browns’ loss to the Jets was the worst since Cleveland’s last loss.
That fall was against the Bears in 2001. Different head coach. Various quarters. Various names from top to bottom. Same old brownies.
Let’s put this failure in a more painful context. After Nick Chubb scored to put his team up 30-17, Cleveland had a 99.9 percent chance of winning.
How exactly did this happen? The Jets got the ball back after Chubb’s touchdown and took no time to score on a 66-yard pass from Joe Flacco to Corey Davis.
All Cleveland needed to do was return the onside kick…they didn’t. New York recovered to give themselves a new lease of life with a perfect shot.
All Cleveland needed to do was stop Flacco and company from finding the end zone with 1:18 left in the game. They couldn’t do that either. Flacco led a nine-play, 53-yard drive with a 15-yard pass to Garrett Wilson.
Jacoby Brissett had 22 seconds to respond, but he threw an interception and the game ended in pure and utter misery for Cleveland.
The Jets improved to 1-1 while Cleveland dropped to 1-1.
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