How Close Did Cleveland Browns Come to Qualifying for the 2021 NFL Playoffs?

Published 12/21/2021, 5:05 AM EST


The Cleveland Browns’ journey to the playoffs has ended after they lost against the Las Vegas Raiders. The Browns tried really hard and fought until the end, but it was not enough. After the loss, the Browns fell into the 12th position in the AFC division. Their record is 7-7. A win would have secured them a place in the Playoffs. They would have taken over the Pittsburgh Steelers who have a record of 7-6. 

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The close game against the Raiders

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The Last Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr crushed the Cleveland Browns playoffs dreams. He led his team towards the scoring range during the dying minutes of the game. The match was very close until the final whistle. 

With under three minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Browns were still in the lead by just a point. Carr was looking for a play to make. He was looking for the wide receiver, Zay Jones. He was expecting to connect with Jones, who was near the 20-yard line. The quarterback threw deep, but the Browns’ cornerback, Greedy Williams, intercepted it.

The Cleveland fans roared with happiness. They felt like the game was under their belt. But as the saying goes, “It’s not over until it’s over.” It applies perfectly to football and more so to this match. Three minutes is a lot of time. 

Raiders quickly denied the Browns’ offense. The unfortunate end to this match came when there were only mere three seconds left on the clock. Raiders scored a field goal and took it home. The ball went between the sticks like a dagger to every Cleveland fan. It was a literal storybook ending. 

Browns playoffs dream crushed

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The Browns fought hard all throughout the season. They tried so hard to make it to the playoffs. But their efforts were just not enough. America’s most wanted Las Vegas Raiders really became the pirates who took everything from Cleveland this season.

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With a record of 7 wins and 7 losses, the Cleveland Browns sit at the bottom of the NFC North table. The NFC North division is tough. Every team has played phenomenally this year. The Cincinnati Bengals lead the charts currently, but the Baltimore Ravens also have the same 8-6 record. 

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Gurjyot Singh Dadial

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Sports journalist by day, gamer by night and a gym addict by morning. Gurjyot has been a lifelong fan of Wrestling, Contact sports, Rock music and Video games. With a degree in English Literature and Economics from Patkar College, Mumbai, he is set out to conquer every task he sets his mind to.

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