The Browns’ stunning loss to the Jets felt incredibly improbable but it was actually history repeating itself in the worst possible way for Cleveland.
The Cleveland Browns led the New York Jets by 13 points with 1:23 seconds remaining in the game.
They lost by one.
That’s right. That’s not a typo or a daydream. That’s what actually happened. The Browns blew a 13-point lead in less than 90 seconds. To the Jets.
It was unbelievable but also, weirdly, completely fitting for a Browns franchise that has literally been there before.
The last time a team lost a game despite leading by 13 in the final two minutes? The Cleveland Browns.
Browns’ collapse against the Jets was the worst since last Cleveland collapse
That collapse was in 2001 against the Bears. Different head coach. Different quarterback. Different roster from top to bottom. Same old Browns.
Let’s put this collapse in an even more painful context. Cleveland had a 99.9 percent chance to win that game after Nick Chubb scored to put his team up 30-17.
How exactly did that happen? The Jets got the ball back after Chubb’s touchdown and took practically no time at all to score on a 66-yard pass from Joe Flacco to Corey Davis.
All Cleveland needed to do was to recover the onside kick…They didn’t. New York delivered a perfect onside kick and recovered to give themselves new life.
All Cleveland needed to do was stop Flacco and company from finding the endzone in the 1:18 remaining in the game. They couldn’t do that either. Flacco led a nine-play, 53-yard drive to take the lead on a 15-yard pass to Garrett Wilson.
Jacoby Brissett had 22 seconds to respond but he threw an interception and the game ended in pure and complete Cleveland misery.
Cleveland dropped to 1-1 while the Jets improved to 1-1.