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5 plays that changed the game in the Browns' 27-19 win over the Bengals

The Browns beat the Bengals, 27-19, on Sunday at FirstEnergy Stadium behind a big performance from the run game in the second half and some key red zone stops from the defense.

The win improves Cleveland to 6-7 and keeps it in the race for an AFC Wild Card spot.

Here are five plays that changed the game:

1. Denzel Ward's pick-6

Ward only needed to beat Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton when he caught a tipped pass intended for Auden Tate at the Browns' 39-yard line.

With plenty of green grass in front of him, Ward raced to the end zone to give Cleveland a 7-3 lead. Ward's interception was just what the Browns needed after Baker Mayfield's pass intended to David Njoku was bobbled and intercepted inside Bengals territory on the Browns' first drive of the game. The score was Cleveland's first defensive touchdown in more than two years.

2. Mayfield's rushing touchdown

Mayfield wanted to ensure the Browns didn't leave any points on the field when they faced a third-and-goal from the Bengals' 7-yard line.

With Cincinnati keeping the Browns receivers under wraps in the end zone, Mayfield scrambled to his left and saw a running window to the left pylon.

He took it, and then he snuck the ball just inside the plane as he dived to avoid a hit from Bengals linebacker Nick Vigil. That put the Browns up 14-13 with 6 minutes left in the second quarter, and the Browns never lost the lead the rest of the game.

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3. Nick Chubb's 57-yard run to open the second half

The running back only received three carries for 7 yards in the first half. Coach Freddie Kitchens wanted to give more work to Chubb in the second half and kick-start the Browns' rushing game against the Bengals' defense, ranked last in the NFL against the run.

Chubb received three more carries on the first drive, the third of which went for a 57-yard gain that featured broken tackles and plenty of speed from Chubb.

He was tackled three yards short of the end zone, but Kareem Hunt punched the ball in two plays later to give the Browns a 21-13 lead.

4. Browns stop Bengals on eight plays inside the red zone

The Bengals were in prime position to dent the Browns' 21-13 lead when they entered the red zone with 7 minutes left in the third quarter.

After Cincinnati picked up a first down at the Browns' 3, the defense strung together three more stops on one sack and two incompletions to hold the Bengals to a field goal.

That felt like a win for the Browns, who erased Cincinnati's points with a career-long 53-yard field goal from Austin Seibert on the next drive.

5. Dalton stuffed on fourth-and-goal

The Browns pulled through with another big stop with 7 minutes left.

On fourth-and-goal from the Browns' 4-yard line, Dalton faced heavy pressure in the pocket and attempted to rush the ball into the end zone himself. He was instead met by T.J. Carrie and Porter Gustin and stuffed at the 2, and the score remained 24-16 Cleveland.

For the Browns it was another red zone stop. For the Bengals, it was another nail in the coffin.

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