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Game Pass Rewind: Baker Mayfield's dramatic, fridge-opening NFL debut

Earlier this spring, the NFL announced it would offer free access to its Game Pass platform. That means fans can watch ANY game dating back to 2009.

Over the next few weeks, we'll be highlighting some of the most re-watchable Browns games -- for a variety of reasons -- on the list. Today, we're going back to one of the most memorable nights of the 2010s, when Baker Mayfield made his magical NFL debut and snapped an unfortunate streak in the process.

Who: Browns vs. Jets

When: Week 3, Sept. 20, 2018

The Stakes: Though they were noticeably improved, the Browns, at 0-1-1, remained winless in their last 19 games after falling to the Saints in the final seconds. The Jets were 1-1 after a Week 2 loss to the Dolphins.

What happened: Tyrod Taylor suffered an injury in the first half as the Browns faced an early 14-0 deficit. From there, it was all Browns and all Baker Mayfield, as the rookie quarterback led Cleveland back with a remarkable performance in his NFL debut. Cleveland's defense sealed the victory with interceptions of rookie Sam Darnold to officially end the drought and open fridges full of Bud Light throughout the city.

Baker Mayfield's NFL debut highlights a memorable Thursday night Cleveland, as the Browns get their first win since 2016, and Bud Light fridges open all over the area.

It was over when …: Darnold was intercepted for the second time in as many series. This one was snagged by Terrance Mitchell, who celebrated with fans as the Browns' victory was all but sealed with 15 seconds to play.

They said it, Part 1: "Any win feels great. It is hard to do. Having success at this level is hard to do. The best part about it was that we were here at home. You guys could feel the energy of the crowd and how badly they wanted it, as well. We have to play for each other, but at the same time, this city deserves it. We have to have that mindset, going to get it no matter what is happening." -- Mayfield

Quite a first impression: The Browns trailed 14-0 with 1:23 to play in the first half when Mayfield entered for his first snaps. He promptly fired completions to Jarvis Landry and David Njoku for a combined 31 yards. After a near disastrous fumble, Mayfield recovered with a 16-yard pass to Landry to set up Greg Joseph's 45-yard field goal to slice into the deficit before halftime.

They said it, Part 2: "There were some good rhythm throws. He got to his point. He threw the ball and got it out of his hands. The crowd fed off it for sure. You could tell they were excited to have him out there. We got some first downs and moved the ball. That had an avalanche effect and got us moving on offense." -- OL Joel Bitonio

The play: Perhaps the most memorable moment from Mayfield's debut was the one time he was on the receiving end of a pass. That came following a Browns' touchdown that sliced the Jets' deficit down to 14-12. Cleveland went for a two-point conversion and ran its version of the "Philly Special." Mayfield wound up as the receiving target, and Landry was the quarterback for this particular trick play. Mayfield wasn't guarded by a soul as he hauled in the game-tying two-point conversion.

They said it, Part 3: "We knew we were going to call it. I was the first read, so I was hoping he was going to throw it to me." -- Mayfield

Don't forget: Lost amid a lot of storylines to come from this game was RB Carlos Hyde arriving just in time for warmups because his wife was in labor. Fortunately, he was still able to make it for the birth, as he was rushed to the hospital after the game. In between, Hyde rushed for 98 yards and two touchdowns.

Unsung hero: Joseph was signed just a couple of days before the Thursday Night showdown. He was living a typical by-the-beach lifestyle in Florida when the Browns summoned him for a tryout after Zane Gonzalez struggled in the previous week's loss to the Saints. Joseph's 45-yarder in the first half didn't collect any style points, but it split the uprights. He was also good on a 27-yarder in the third quarter and an extra point in the fourth.

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