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Game Pass Rewind: There goes Chubb!


Earlier this month, 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 looking back at a game that completely changed the course of Cleveland's 2018 season.

Who: Browns vs. Falcons

When: Week 10, Nov. 11, 2018

The stakes: Winners of three straight, Atlanta came to Cleveland with a 4-4 record. The Browns, entering their second game under interim head coach Gregg Williams, were losers of four straight and carried a 2-6-1 record.

What happened: After showing signs of life the previous week against the Chiefs, Cleveland's offense had one of its best, balanced, wire-to-wire performances in a feel-good win at FirstEnergy Stadium. Baker Mayfield posted a quarterback ranking of 151.3 and Nick Chubb set a team record with his 92-yard touchdown run in the 28-16 victory.

It was over when…: Chris Smith strip-sacked Matt Ryan on fourth-and-3 with 2 minutes to play. The ball went tumbling, and Jamie Collins fell on it to set up the Browns for a couple of kneel-downs.

The Browns snap their four-game losing streak with a dominant performance over the Falcons that is highlighted by Nick Chubb's record-setting TD run.

Don't let the ball hit the ground: Starting with a 12-yard completion to Jarvis Landry on the first play of the game, Mayfield completed his first 13 passes, going 12-for-12 for 165 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. His first incompletion didn't come until 11:14 remained in the third quarter. Tacking on the completion he had on his final pass attempt the previous week, Mayfield's streak of 14 consecutive completions was the fourth-best in team history.

They said it, Part 1: "When I woke up this morning, I was feeling pretty dangerous. I just woke up feeling really dangerous." -- Mayfield

The run that changed everything: Chubb had shown his big-play burst in spurts during the first half of his rookie season, including two long touchdown runs Week 4 against the Raiders. Nothing, though, was on the kind of level as his 92-yard run in the third quarter against the Falcons. That carry blew the doors open on Cleveland's lead, extending it to 28-10, and put Chubb all alone at the top with the longest run in Browns history.

They said it, Part 2: "It was a blur. I didn't know what was happening." -- Chubb

They said it, Part 3: "When I handed it off, it parted like the Red Sea. The whole right side of the line did a great job. (OL) JC (Tretter) had a push-by block. He was in the clear after that. I had a pretty good view of it." -- Mayfield

Lost to history: Leading 7-3 in the second quarter, Cleveland broke out a unique formation that put the Falcons on their heels. All three of the team's running backs -- Chubb, Duke Johnson Jr. and Dontrell Hilliard -- lined up behind Mayfield, and the team executed a number of Wishbone-style plays. The Browns picked up three first downs and were on the fringe of field goal range when the drive ended abruptly. On a trick play, Hilliard threw an interception on a pass intended for Mayfield. The formation never really returned the rest of the season.

Lost to history, Part 2: Everyone remembers Mayfield "feeling dangerous" and Chubb's history-making run, but how about that defense? The Falcons, trailing 28-10 early in the fourth quarter, got all the way to Cleveland's 1-yard line but came up short on back-to-back plays, resulting in a turnover on downs. The Browns stuffed Tevin Coleman on third-and-goal and forced Matt Ryan to throw incomplete on fourth. Later in the quarter, the Browns weren't as successful, but they still forced the Falcons to burn precious amounts of time on a scoring drive that took more than 4 minutes to complete and didn't end until Ryan completed a short pass to Austin Hooper on fourth-and-goal.

Unsung hero: Filling in for an injured Terrance Mitchell, CB T.J. Carrie had arguably his best game in a Browns uniform while covering All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones. His final stat line of seven catches for 107 yards and a touchdown was misleading. Carrie never really let Jones get going even while Ryan forced it his way on numerous occasions.

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