The Cleveland Browns defeat Giants on Sunday night to move closer to playoffs. Baker Mayfield played a near perfect game as he led the Browns to victory. Mayfield completed 27 of 32 passes for 297 yards and added a couple of touchdown passes. Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns have their first 10-win season in a while, and they’re on the verge of ending the NFL’s longest playoff drought. They’re thinking much bigger than all that after a dominant 20-6 win over the New York Giants on Sunday night. Mayfield led two 95-yard touchdown drives and was sharp all night, helping the Browns (10-4) bounce back from a 47-42 loss to Baltimore last Monday night. The victory got the Browns closer to clinching their first playoff spot since 2002, the NFL’s longest drought.
They also matched their highest win total (10-6 in 2007) since their 1999 expansion rebirth. An 11th victory next Sunday, against the 1-13 New York Jets, and a combination of losses by others could clinch a postseason berth. Mayfield’s 84.3% completion percentage set a Cleveland record, according to ESPN Stats & Info, topping Kelly Holcomb’s 82.9% in 2003. Nick Chubb had a 1-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that put it out of reach for the sluggish Giants and made the Browns the first team this season to have two 95-yard TD drives in a game. Cleveland also dealt a serious blow to the playoff hopes of the Giants (5-9), who were without injured quarterback Daniel Jones. Colt McCoy, who started 21 games for the Browns from 2010-13, couldn’t get much going against his former team.
McCoy was 19 of 31 for 221 yards for the Giants, who are tied with Dallas a game behind Washington for first place in the NFC East. The Browns put this one away on Chubb’s 1-yard TD with 12:53 left. Chubb had a 6-yard TD run wiped out by a clipping call on Jack Conklin but got back into the end zone — and this one counted —- a few plays later to cap Cleveland’s second 95-yard TD drive.