Stat Suggests Cleveland Browns Comeback Unlikely Against Kansas City Chiefs

Published 01/17/2021, 4:33 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


The Cleveland Browns enter the second quarter of their Divisional Round game against the Kansas City Chiefs, trailing 19-3. While it’s still a 3 score game, the Browns have quite an uphill task ahead of them.

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While the game is still not out of reach, it very much could be an insurmountable task for the Cleveland Browns. As going by one stat, a comeback against the Chiefs is quite unlikely.

Cleveland Browns, no comeback heroes

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Recent history suggests that Cleveland Browns are going to lose this game. And that too by a good margin. According to NFL analyst Warren Sharp, the Cleveland Browns are 0-5 this year when trailing by over 7 points during any quarter of a game. And whenever that has been the case they have lost the respective games by a margin of more than 17 points. 

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Sep 13, 2020; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) runs the ball against Baltimore Ravens defensive end Derek Wolfe (95) during the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Leah Stauffer-USA TODAY Sports

And if one takes a look at the past, there is evidence to suggest that the Browns struggle to mount comebacks. Since 2016, they are they are 1-47-1.

This means that when they are down by 7 points, they’ve only managed to win 1 tie. That’s 2% of all games. And how things currently stand, it looks even more unlikely that Kevin Stefanski’s boys are going to find a way to claw their way back into this game.

Kansas City Chiefs know a thing or two about comebacks

The Kansas City Chiefs, on the other hand, are comeback specialists. In their run to the Super Bowl last season, the side led by Patrick Mahomes mounted a sensational comeback against the Houston Texans in the Playoffs.

Down 21-0 in the first quarter of the Divisional Round game against the Houston Texans, the Kansas City Chiefs scored 4 touchdowns unanswered to take the lead 24-28.

Nov 1, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (11) is congratulated by quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) and tight end Nick Keizer (48) and wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes threw all 4 touchdown passes, 3 of which were to tight end Travis Kelce. They ultimately sealed off the tie with a 31-51 win.

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With 4 touchdowns in the 2nd quarter, Mahomes became only the 2nd player in NFL history to throw 4 touchdowns in one quarter of a playoff game. The only other instance being Washington’s Doug Williams in Super Bowl XXII.

With the Browns 16 points behind at the start of the 2nd quarter, do you think they have what it takes to mount a comeback?

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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