Can Baker Mayfield Lead Cleveland to a Rare Comeback Win Against Chiefs?

Published 01/17/2021, 4:36 PM EST
Jan 17, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) throws against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports


Confidence was brimming in the Cleveland Browns locker room in the build-up to Sunday’s Divisional Round Playoff against reigning Super Bowl Champions, Kansas City Chiefs. The Baker Mayfield-led outfit put up a strong show last weekend to knockout AFC North rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers, in the Wild Card Playoffs.

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Jan 17, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws against the Cleveland Browns during the first half in the AFC Divisional Round playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

It was the home team who got off to a positive start, ending the first quarter with a slender 3-point lead. But all that changed in the next quarter after some smart plays by Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes. The 2018 NFL MVP stamped his authority on the game by hitting TE Travis Kelce for the first touchdown of the game. He added to that lead with another rushing touchdown in the second quarter.

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The Chiefs retreated to the locker room with a commanding 16-point lead at half-time. What can the Browns do to turn things around in the next two quarters?

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Baker Mayfield and Co. face an uphill task at half-time

As brought to our notice by ESPN, the Browns have failed to win 19 consecutive games when trailing by 10+ points at the half-time stage. The last time they won a game from a 10-point deficit was in the 2018 NFL regular season against the New York Jets. Who was the hero back then? Baker Mayfield, of course.

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Dec 14, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) throws the ball past Baltimore Ravens outside linebacker Pernell McPhee (90) during the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

The former Oklahoma Sooners man came off the bench to replace Tyrod Taylor in the second half with the home team trailing by a 3-14 margin. However, Mayfield did enough to ensure the game would end with a 21-17 scoreline. He threw for 201 yards against zero interceptions.

The Browns’ faithful will be praying for something similar from their Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback on Sunday evening. This game ain’t over yet, so stick around and wait for the end. Baker might just have a surprise in store for us today.

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Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche.

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