Can the Browns pull off a comeback? They trail 22-10 heading to the final quarter. Let’s get to the third quarter recap.
Cleveland received the ball to begin the second half. It didn’t go well either. Cleveland came out throwing the ball on their first three attempts — two straight incompletions, and then on third down, Mayfield tried to make something happen. Landry was planted just beyond the first down marker, but sat their too long, allowing S Tyrann Mathieu to undercut the pass for an interception.
Defensively, on a 3rd-and-6, DE Myles Garrett got a hit on Mahomes to help force an incompletion. Nonetheless, Buckner came on for a 33-yard field goal attempt to give Kansas City a three-score lead...and he missed it off the upright.
LT Kendall Lamm left with an injury, and on the first play of the next series, Chubb carried the ball for 23 yards, and then followed by an 18 yard run. Mayfield ripped an 18-yard pass to Higgins to get the ball to the 16 yard line. A carry by RB Kareem Hunt for 9 yards made it 2nd-and-1 at the 7 yard line. Two plays later, a quarterback sneak by Mayfield made it 1st-and-goal from the 4 yard line. He playaction faked and then ripped a pass to Landry at the front pylon for a touchdown. Kevin Stefanski opted to kick the extra point, keeping it a 19-10 game with 9:29 remaining in the third quarter.
On the Chiefs’ next series, Mahomes looked dizzy after failing to convert a 3rd-and-short on a quarterback sweep. Backup QB Chad Henne had to come in, and on 4th-and-inches from midfield, he pitched the ball to the running back, who got around the edge for a first down and more.
Henne continued handing it off, which got the Chiefs into field goal range. Henne completed a pass just shy of a first down to set up a 4th-and-1 again. This time, Andy Reid opted to try a 33-yard field goal from Bukner. This time, he made it, making it a 22-10 game with 4:24 remaining in the third quarter — but the overlying story of Mahomes possibly being out the rest of the game loomed large.
The Browns faced a big decision on their next drive, having 4th-and-1 at the start of the drive. They decided to go for it, and Chubb got the handoff for the first down. On 3rd-and-4, Mayfield found Higgins for another 17 yard gain. Cleveland is still on the move heading to the fourth quarter, can they rally?
Game: Cleveland Browns vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Date/Time: Sunday, January 17, 2021 at 3:05 PM ET
Television: CBS - Jim Nantz (play-by-play) & Tony Romo (analyst)
Local Radio: ESPN 850 WKNR, 92.3 The Fan, 98.5 FM WNCX