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Mayfield, "dangerous" Browns hand Panthers fifth loss in row

CLEVELAND (AP) Baker Mayfield took the snap in victory formation and dropped to one knee. The cocky rookie quarterback urged the crowd to make more noise, and when the clock hit zeroes, the stadium's sound system blasted ''Danger Zone.''

The Browns have become hazardous to your playoff health.

Mayfield outplayed Cam Newton, Jarvis Landry caught a touchdown pass and ran for another score and the Cleveland Browns damaged Carolina's postseason hopes with a 26-20 win Sunday over the Panthers, who dropped their fifth straight.

Mayfield bravely threw a 51-yard TD pass into traffic to Landry, who had a 3-yard scoring run and added a long run - on a similar call - early in the fourth quarter to set up a go-ahead touchdown.

Playing the spoiler role down the stretch, the Browns (5-7-1) kept their faint playoff hopes alive while improving to 3-2 under interim coach Gregg Williams, who needed just five games to match former Browns coach Hue Jackson's win total over two-plus seasons.

''Everybody loves winning,'' said defensive end Myles Garrett. ''It's different for us because of the negatives we've been through, but that's all in the past.''

Mayfield finished 18 of 22 for 238 yards, continuing his bounce back after throwing three interceptions in the first half last week at Houston. The brash No. 1 overall pick continues to develop and the Browns are growing with him.

Mayfield was asked if he woke up feeling as dangerous as he did three weeks ago before beating Atlanta.

''I think you know the answer to that one,'' he said, drawing laughter.

Landry felt that way, too.

''I guess waking up feeling dangerous is contagious,'' he said. ''We pulled together as a team.''

There were no smiles or laughs in Carolina's locker room as the Panthers (6-7) suffered a loss that could haunt them for months and will increase the heat on coach Ron Rivera.

Newton passed for 265 yards, but overthrew Jarius Wright on 4th-and-goal at the 3 with 2:35 left. Carolina got the ball back, but Newton, who has been playing with a sore right shoulder, badly missed Devin Funchess and was intercepted by Damarious Randall with 57 seconds left.

Following the game, a glum Newton didn't offer any excuses.

''We're done with the cliche sayings, it just comes down to doing our jobs,'' Newton said. ''I'm not talking about nobody but myself.''

Carolina came in just a half-game out of the second wild-card spot in the NFC, but with only three games left, including two against New Orleans, the Panthers are going to need help to make the postseason.

Christian McCaffrey had two TD runs for Carolina and finished with 101 total yards.

''It stinks,'' McCaffrey said. ''A lot of people are against us right now, but I'll fight for every one of these guys. That's exactly what I'm going to do and I know a lot of guys will do as well. We lost. We've lost a few in a row. It's kind of us against the world right now.''

Browns rookie Nick Chubb scored on a 1-yard run to give the Browns a 23-20 lead with 13:05 left. The score came one play after Landry took an inside handoff and weaved his way down field. Greg Joseph clanged the extra point off the left upright, keeping the Panthers within three.

Newton drove the Panthers to the 3 before throwing two straight incompletions, ending Carolina's best chance to take the lead.

Mayfield's 51-yard TD pass to Landry tied it 14-all with 8:27 left in the second quarter.

Rolling left out of the pocket to buy some time, Mayfield stepped up and confidently delivered a perfect strike to Landry, who was well covered on the play by safety Eric Reid, his former LSU teammate. As fans celebrated, Landry and several teammates sat down in the end zone's corner and pretended to warm themselves around a camp fire.

''It was cold outside,'' Landry said, smiling.

FAST START

On Cleveland's first play, Mayfield unloaded a pass that traveled more than 60 yards in the air to wide receiver Breshad Perriman for a 66-yard pickup. Two plays later, Landry scored on his short run.

HOME SWEET HOME

The Browns improved to 4-2-1 at FirstEnergy Stadium, clinching their first winning home season since going 7-1 under coach Romeo Crennel in 2007.

''That's pretty cool because the Dawg Pound has always been loyal to us,'' said guard Joel Bitonio, who has spent all five of his NFL seasons with the team. ''We want every team to say, `We don't want to go to Cleveland to play.'''

NEWTON'S LAW

With his first completion, Newton eclipsed 3,000 yards passing for the eighth straight season. He came in needing 1 yard to reach the plateau and surpassed it on a 25-yarder to Curtis Samuel on Carolina's second snap.

Newton joined Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks in history to reach 3,000 yards in each of their first eight seasons.

PAY DIRT

Chubb became the first Browns player to score a rushing TD in five consecutive games since Greg Pruitt in 1975.

ROOKIE RECORD

Mayfield joined Kurt Warner (1999) and Brad Johnson (1996-97) as the only players since 1966 to throw at least one TD pass in each of their first 10 career starts.

INJURIES:

Panthers: No significant injuries.

Browns: C JC Tretter barely made it off the field in the third quarter before dropping to his knees. Tretter, who has played several weeks with a severely sprained right ankle, returned to the game.

UP NEXT

Panthers: Host New Orleans on Sunday.

Browns: At Denver on Saturday.

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Key Players
C. McCaffrey 22 RB
63 RuYds, 2 RuTDs, 38 ReYds, 6 RECs
21
FPTS
J. Landry 80 WR
57 ReYds, ReTD, 3 RECs, 54 RuYds, RuTD
20
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 8:51
G.Joseph 41 yard field goal is GOOD Center-C.Hughlett Holder-B.Colquitt.
6
plays
40
yds
3:55
pos
20
26
Missed Point After Touchdown 13:05
G.Joseph extra point is No Good Hit Left Upright Center-C.Hughlett Holder-B.Colquitt.
plays
yds
pos
20
23
Touchdown 13:05
N.Chubb right guard for 4 yards TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
75
yds
3:31
pos
20
23
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 7:15
C.Catanzaro 34 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Jansen Holder-M.Palardy.
10
plays
38
yds
4:26
pos
20
17
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:03
G.Joseph 49 yard field goal is GOOD Center-C.Hughlett Holder-B.Colquitt.
8
plays
44
yds
3:04
pos
17
17
Field Goal 4:07
C.Catanzaro 30 yard field goal is GOOD Center-J.Jansen Holder-M.Palardy.
8
plays
70
yds
4:24
pos
17
14
Point After TD 8:27
G.Joseph extra point is GOOD Center-C.Hughlett Holder-B.Colquitt.
plays
yds
pos
14
14
Touchdown 8:27
B.Mayfield pass deep left to J.Landry for 51 yards TOUCHDOWN.
8
plays
75
yds
5:46
pos
14
13
Point After TD 14:13
C.Catanzaro extra point is GOOD Center-J.Jansen Holder-M.Palardy. PENALTY on CLE-E.Ogbah Illegal Formation 5 yards enforced between downs.
plays
yds
pos
14
7
Touchdown 14:13
C.McCaffrey right guard for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
5
plays
17
yds
2:18
pos
13
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 7:41
G.Joseph extra point is GOOD Center-C.Hughlett Holder-B.Colquitt.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 7:41
J.Landry right tackle for 3 yards TOUCHDOWN.
3
plays
75
yds
1:36
pos
7
6
Point After TD 9:17
C.Catanzaro extra point is GOOD Center-J.Jansen Holder-M.Palardy.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 9:17
C.McCaffrey left guard for 4 yards TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
65
yds
5:43
pos
6
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 33:50 26:10
1st Downs 22 12
Rushing 6 6
Passing 14 5
Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Conv 5-14 4-9
4th Down Conv 2-3 0-0
Total Net Yards 393 348
Total Plays 69 45
Avg Gain 5.7 7.7
Net Yards Rushing 96 116
Rush Attempts 25 21
Avg Rush Yards 3.8 5.5
Net Yards Passing 297 232
Comp. - Att. 27-43 18-23
Yards Per Pass 6.9 10.1
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-1 1-6
Penalties - Yards 10-68 7-52
Touchdowns 2 3
Rushing TDs 2 2
Passing TDs 0 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 2
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 3-2
Int. Thrown 1 0
Punts - Avg 4-34.8 3-45.7
Return Yards 56 21
Punts - Returns 1-6 1-19
Kickoffs - Returns 2-50 1-2
Int. - Returns 0-0 1-0
Kicking 4/4 4/5
Extra Points 2/2 2/3
Field Goals 2/2 2/2
Red Zone Eff. 2-5 -40% 2-2 -100%
Goal to Go Eff. 2-4 -50% 2-2 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Panthers 6-7 7103020
Browns 5-7-1 7100926
297 PASS YDS 232
96 RUSH YDS 116
393 TOTAL YDS 348
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
C. Newton 1 QB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.9% 265 0 1 70.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
68.8% 3264 24 12 97.0
C. Newton 26/42 265 0 1 10
T. Heinicke 6 QB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 33 0 0 118.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 46 0 0 91.7
T. Heinicke 1/1 33 0 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
C. McCaffrey 22 RB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
16 63 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
179 926 7
C. McCaffrey 16 63 2 25 21
C. Newton 1 QB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 23 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
96 473 4
C. Newton 5 23 0 11 10
J. Wright 13 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 39 0
J. Wright 1 5 0 5 3
C. Artis-Payne 34 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 6 0
C. Artis-Payne 1 5 0 5 0
D. Moore 12 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
12 150 0
D. Moore 1 0 0 0 6
A. Armah 40 FB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
8 14 2
A. Armah 1 0 0 0 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Samuel 10 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 4 80 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 29 364 4
C. Samuel 8 4 80 0 33 8
I. Thomas 80 TE
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 9 77 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 25 210 0
I. Thomas 11 9 77 0 16 7
D. Moore 12 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 5 67 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 47 676 2
D. Moore 8 5 67 0 40 6
C. McCaffrey 22 RB
21
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 6 38 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 86 701 6
C. McCaffrey 7 6 38 0 20 21
J. Wright 13 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 36 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 31 337 1
J. Wright 5 3 36 0 24 3
D. Funchess 17 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 42 526 4
D. Funchess 3 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
D. Jackson 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
53-6 4 1.0
D. Jackson 8-2 0.0 0 0
L. Kuechly 59 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
77-34 1 2.0
L. Kuechly 6-5 0.0 0 2
T. Davis 58 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-27 0 0.0
T. Davis 3-3 0.0 0 0
J. Bradberry 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
49-10 0 1.0
J. Bradberry 2-1 0.0 0 0
E. Reid 25 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
40-17 1 1.0
E. Reid 2-2 0.0 0 0
C. Munnerlyn 41 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
32-9 1 1.0
C. Munnerlyn 2-0 1.0 0 0
K. Short 99 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-12 0 3.0
K. Short 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Smith 11 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Smith 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Poe 95 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-7 0 1.0
D. Poe 1-0 0.0 0 0
W. Horton 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-6 0 1.0
W. Horton 1-0 0.0 0 0
S. Green-Thompson 54 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
47-24 0 3.0
S. Green-Thompson 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Love 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-7 0 0.0
K. Love 0-1 0.0 0 0
E. Obada 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 1 2.0
E. Obada 0-1 0.0 0 0
M. Adams 29 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-23 3 0.0
M. Adams 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Catanzaro 4 K
8
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
2/2 2/2
C. Catanzaro 2/2 34 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
M. Palardy 5 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 39.5 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
49 45.5 22
M. Palardy 4 39.5 2 54
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Barner 23 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 25.0 31 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 21.3 31 0
K. Barner 2 25.0 31 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
K. Barner 23 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 6.0 6 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 3.0 12 0
K. Barner 1 6.0 6 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
B. Mayfield 6 QB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
81.8% 238 1 0 126.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.4% 2877 19 10 93.4
B. Mayfield 18/22 238 1 0 15
J. Landry 80 WR
20
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 39.6
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
0% 0 0 0 39.6
J. Landry 0/1 0 0 0 20
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
N. Chubb 24 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 66 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
144 760 8
N. Chubb 13 66 1 29 13
J. Landry 80 WR
20
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 54 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 54 1
J. Landry 2 54 1 51 20
B. Mayfield 6 QB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
29 109 0
B. Mayfield 4 2 0 3 15
D. Johnson 29 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
30 140 0
D. Johnson 2 -6 0 0 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
B. Perriman 19 WR
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 81 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 188 0
B. Perriman 2 2 81 0 66 8
J. Landry 80 WR
20
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 57 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 69 790 3
J. Landry 4 3 57 1 51 20
D. Njoku 85 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 3 35 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 47 474 3
D. Njoku 4 3 35 0 28 3
D. Hilliard 25 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 20 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 8 90 0
D. Hilliard 2 2 20 0 12 2
R. Higgins 81 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 19 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 27 396 3
R. Higgins 3 2 19 0 15 0
N. Chubb 24 RB
13
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 17 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 150 2
N. Chubb 6 4 17 0 8 13
O. Charles 82 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 23 0
O. Charles 1 1 9 0 9 0
A. Callaway 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 34 472 3
A. Callaway 1 1 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
D. Randall 23 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
67-7 4 0.0
D. Randall 8-1 0.0 1 0
J. Collins 51 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
57-29 1 2.0
J. Collins 6-1 0.0 0 0
J. Schobert 53 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
40-40 1 2.0
J. Schobert 6-1 0.0 0 0
T. Mitchell 39 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
T. Mitchell 4-1 0.0 0 0
B. Boddy-Calhoun 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
36-8 0 0.0
B. Boddy-Calhoun 4-1 0.0 0 0
M. Garrett 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
30-7 0 12.0
M. Garrett 4-1 1.0 0 0
T. Carrie 38 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
48-16 0 1.0
T. Carrie 3-1 0.0 0 0
G. Avery 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-9 0 3.0
G. Avery 2-2 0.0 0 0
J. Peppers 22 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
41-21 0 0.0
J. Peppers 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Kindred 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
27-12 1 0.0
D. Kindred 1-1 0.0 0 0
E. Ogbah 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-12 0 3.0
E. Ogbah 1-1 0.0 0 0
C. Smith 50 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-6 0 1.0
C. Smith 1-1 0.0 0 0
T. Vallejo 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-7 0 0.0
T. Vallejo 1-1 0.0 0 0
L. Ogunjobi 65 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
25-17 0 4.0
L. Ogunjobi 0-4 0.0 0 0
T. Coley 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
14-20 0 0.0
T. Coley 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Joseph 17 K
8
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 2/3
SEASON FG XP
13/15 18/21
G. Joseph 2/2 49 2/3 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Colquitt 4 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 47.7 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
73 45.3 30
B. Colquitt 3 47.7 0 49
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Vallejo 54 LB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 2.0 2 0
T. Vallejo 1 2.0 2 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Peppers 22 FS
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 19.0 19 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
21 9.4 33 0
J. Peppers 1 19.0 19 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CAR 35 5:43 10 65 TD
7:41 CAR 25 5:01 8 24 Punt
1:31 CLE 17 2:18 5 17 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:27 CAR 18 4:24 8 70 FG
0:59 CAR 25 0:59 6 60 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:50 CLE 32 1:37 3 -8 Punt
11:37 CAR 46 4:26 10 38 FG
4:15 CAR 25 2:40 5 15 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:05 CAR 25 0:24 3 0 Punt
8:46 CAR 25 6:11 12 72 Downs
1:04 CAR 35 0:07 1 0 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:17 CLE 25 1:36 3 75 TD
2:40 CLE 14 1:09 2 2 Fumble
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:12 CLE 25 5:46 8 75 TD
4:03 CLE 25 3:04 8 44 FG
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CLE 35 0:08 1 -3 Fumble
13:15 CLE 11 1:38 3 -6 Punt
7:11 CLE 25 2:55 3 3 Punt
1:36 CLE 25 3:31 6 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:41 CLE 37 3:55 6 40 FG
2:35 CLE 3 1:31 5 21 Punt
0:55 CAR 48 0:57 2 -2 Game