The underdog Browns steal the Steelers' soul with a victory, 48-37
Cleveland- The Browns shocked the world and defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in an uncanny way.
Prior to the game, the Browns heard over and over and over that their last playoff win came in 1994 against the New England Patriots. Baker Mayfield wanted to re-write Cleveland's history and win a playoff game against their rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Cleveland's defense came up big on the Steelers' first drive, as they forced a fumble and pounced on the ball in the endzone to take an early 7-0 lead over the Steelers. It only took 28 seconds for the Browns' defense to be felt. The Browns' defense came to play, because on the Steelers second drive, they picked off Ben Roethlisberger to put their team in good field position.
On a third and four, Jarvis Landry took a pass from Mayfield, turn it up the field, and hit the Madden burst for a 40-yard touchdown to put the Browns up 14-0 just minutes into the first quarter. The Browns tacked on another touched to make it 21-skunk (0) in the first quarter.
Cleveland's defense picked off "Big Ben" for their second time of the night and took the turnover and turned it into points. Kareem Hunt hit the hole for a five-yard touchdown to build a comfortable 28-0 led in the first quarter.
That was all she wrote in the first half, the Browns' defense dominated the Steelers and only allowed 10 points before the half ended.
In the second half, the Browns allowed the Steelers to close the gap in the lead, but Mayfield control the game and pulled off one of the biggest upsets in recent playoff history.
Mayfield finished the game 21 of 34 for 263 yards and 3 touchdowns.