Two head coaches and eight starting quarterbacks, the Browns defeated the San Francisco 49ers 24-10 on December 13, 2015.
The Browns have struggled since then. But on Sunday, a banged-up Cleveland team flexed its muscles on the Atlanta Falcons, winning 28-16.
The Browns scored three-plus touchdowns for the first time in six weeks, held their opponent under 26 for the first time in five and won by multiple scores for the first time in nearly three years. They broke a four game losing streak by beating one of the hottest teams in the league.
Rookie running back Nick Chubb led the offensive charge for Cleveland, accounting for 209 yards and two touchdowns. Rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield completed 17 of 20 passes — including his first 13 — for 216 yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile, the Browns defense held one of the most prolific offenses in the league to 17 points.
The Browns built their lead early, scoring the first touchdown of the game — and their first in the first quarter all season — with 4:36 remaining in the first quarter. Mayfield scrambled away from Grady Jarrett and connected with Rashard Higgins for a 28-yard touchdown.
For the first time all season, the Browns scored a first quarter touchdown. For the first time since Week 4, they led at halftime. They rode that momentum until the clock struck zero.
Player of the Game: Nick Chubb, who drove the dagger into the Falcons’ heart with his 92-yard touchdown.
Best from the Browns: We’ll give this one to Baker Mayfield’s perfect first-half start.
Key Moment: Nick Chubb put the game out of reach with a 92-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Stat of the Game: The Browns held Atlanta to 71 yards rushing after allowing huge weeks to Kareem Hunt and James Conner the previous two weeks.
Who’s Next?: The Browns are off next week before traveling to Cincinnati week 12 to take on the Bengals.
The Cleveland Browns play the Atlanta Falcons at FirstEnergy Stadium in Week 10.