The Cleveland Browns won just four games between 2015-17. But they have already reached five wins this season with three weeks remaining.
On Sunday, they earned perhaps their most impressive victory of 2018. In the process, they handed the Carolina Panthers their fifth straight loss, dropping them to 6-7 and further decreasing their playoff chances.
As for the Browns, they are now 5-7-1 after winning three of their past four games. Their latest triumph, a 26-20 victory over Carolina, was the closest of those wins, but was just as huge as any they have collected this season.
Cleveland trailed four times during Sunday’s contest — 7-0 in the first quarter, 14-7 and 17-14 in the second quarter and 20-17 in the second half — before taking their first lead on a 4-yard touchdown run from Nick Chubb with 13:05 remaining in the fourth quarter. The extra point failed, but the Browns still led 23-20.
After forcing the Panthers to punt on the ensuing series, the Browns added a field goal to extend their lead to six points midway through the final quarter. Carolina put together a lengthy drive on its next possession, but Cleveland came up with a huge goal-line stand to keep one of the league’s best goal-to-go offenses out of the end zone.
The Panthers’ defense gave the offense one last opportunity with the ball, but Cam Newton’s first-down pass was intercepted by Cleveland safety Damarious Randall, allowing the Browns to run out the clock. Consequently, they still have a chance to post their first winning season since finishing 10-6 in 2007 if they can win out.
But first, let’s take a look back at Sunday’s game. Here’s a glance at the three best performances from the Browns’ Week 14 victory over the Panthers.
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