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Cleveland Browns beat injury-plagued Broncos 17-16

DENVER (AP) Whether it was "The Fumble" or "The Drive" in the playoffs in the 1980s or the 11 consecutive times Denver had dumped Cleveland, the Broncos always served as the Browns' biggest bugaboo.

With John Elway watching from his suite at Mile High Stadium, Baker Mayfield capitalized on Denver's depleted cornerback corps and dubious coaching decisions in leading the Browns past the Broncos 17-16 on Saturday night.

Mayfield's 2-yard TD toss to Antonio Callaway with just under 12 minutes left provided the winning margin for the Browns (6-7-1), who kept alive their slim hopes of ending the NFL's longest playoff drought.

The Browns still have a shot at their first winning season since 2007 and even their first playoff berth since 2002 thanks to their first win over Denver (6-8) since 1990.

"I think the tough environment, winning on the road's the most important thing," Mayfield said. "If we don't take care of business tonight - and obviously we have to move on and take care of business next week - none of that matters.

"So, being able to win on the road is something we've got to take pride in."

Combined with their win at Cincinnati last month, the Browns have multiple road victories for the first time since 2014.

Callaway's touchdown made it 17-13 and came with safety Justin Simmons in coverage because the Broncos were down five cornerbacks.

The Broncos responded with a 13-play drive that ate up more than seven minutes, but after Phillip Lindsay was stuffed for no gain on third-and-1 from the Cleveland 6, Broncos coach Vance Joseph sent in kicker Brandon McManus for a field goal instead of going for it on fourth down.

Jabrill Peppers, for one, was surprised the Broncos didn't try for the first down or the end zone.

"Absolutely. Absolutely. But, hey, it worked out in our favor," Peppers said. "We'd been stopping them all day and they didn't want to come away with nothing."

Exactly.

"I wanted points there," Joseph explained. "We had about 4:35 left. We had one timeout and the 2-minute warning. I trust our defense to get a stop there."

It didn't happen, at least not right away.

Nick Chubb reeled off a 40-yard run on the first play.

"We can't let that happen," Von Miller said.

But the Broncos came up with a big stop on fourth-and-1 from the Denver 10 when Cleveland interim coach Gregg Williams went for it - and Chubb was dropped for a 2-yard loss by Adam Gotsis.

"We came up here to win a ballgame," Williams said. "I don't think anybody's worried about me not being aggressive and we came up here to win it. Offensively we were going to win it right there. If not, defensively we're going to come back and do it. Pretty similar going all-out blitz the last several plays. That's the aggressive nature of the team."

The Broncos got the ball back at their 13 with 1:49 remaining and reached the 50-yard line with 52 seconds left. But a spike, two incompletions and a sack by defensive back Peppers of Case Keenum all but ended Denver's playoff hopes.

Keenum said he wanted the Broncos to go for it on fourth down at the Cleveland 6 but added that ultimately, Joseph's decision worked out, despite the loss.

"I can't complain," Keenum said, "because I've got the ball back in my hands with a chance to win the game. So, that's all I can ask for."

The Broncos began the night with cornerbacks Chris Harris Jr. and Isaac Yiadom sidelined and they lost Brendan Langley to a concussion in the first half and newly signed Jamar Taylor to an ejection in the second half on the same play Bradley Roby went out with a laceration in his mouth. Roby later returned.

With safety Dymonte Thomas, who had his first career interception in the first half, subbing at cornerback, Miller broke Simon Fletcher's franchise record of 103½ sacks, including playoffs.

Denver's depleted defense, however, was forced right back out onto the field when Keenum's first-down heave was easily picked off by T.J. Carrie at the Broncos 48, after just eight seconds had ticked off the game clock.

"I didn't see the corner," Keenum acknowledged. "And it's not an excuse. But it's ultimately what lost us the football game because they went out and scored right after that."

Six plays later, Mayfield put the Browns ahead for good.

INJURIES

Langley went out in the first half and Roby in the second. Combined with Taylor's ejection - he was signed after Harris fractured his right fibula two weeks ago - and the Broncos were left scrambling in their secondary.

UP NEXT

Browns: Host Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 23.

Broncos: Visit Oakland Raiders on Christmas Eve.

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Key Players
B. Mayfield 6 QB
188 PaYds, 2 PaTDs, INT, 6 RuYds
15
FPTS
C. Keenum 4 QB
257 PaYds, 2 INTs, RuYd, RuTD
12
FPTS
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 4:39
B.McManus 29 yard field goal is GOOD Center-C.Kreiter Holder-C.Wadman.
13
plays
64
yds
7:09
pos
17
16
Point After TD 11:44
G.Joseph extra point is GOOD Center-C.Hughlett Holder-B.Colquitt.
plays
yds
pos
17
13
Touchdown 11:44
B.Mayfield pass short left to A.Callaway for 2 yards TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
48
yds
2:57
pos
16
13
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:45
B.McManus 42 yard field goal is GOOD Center-C.Kreiter Holder-C.Wadman.
8
plays
36
yds
4:08
pos
10
13
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 4:57
G.Joseph 40 yard field goal is GOOD Center-C.Hughlett Holder-B.Colquitt.
9
plays
53
yds
3:23
pos
10
10
Field Goal 8:21
B.McManus 44 yard field goal is GOOD Center-C.Kreiter Holder-C.Wadman.
12
plays
61
yds
6:44
pos
7
10
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:18
B.McManus extra point is GOOD Center-C.Kreiter Holder-C.Wadman.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 3:18
C.Keenum scrambles right end for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
13
plays
88
yds
6:37
pos
7
6
Point After TD 11:49
G.Joseph extra point is GOOD Center-C.Hughlett Holder-B.Colquitt.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 11:49
B.Mayfield pass deep right to B.Perriman for 31 yards TOUCHDOWN.
4
plays
51
yds
1:23
pos
6
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 27:21 32:39
1st Downs 21 22
Rushing 5 3
Passing 13 17
Penalty 3 2
3rd Down Conv 5-12 5-14
4th Down Conv 1-2 1-2
Total Net Yards 309 270
Total Plays 61 70
Avg Gain 5.1 3.9
Net Yards Rushing 134 32
Rush Attempts 28 20
Avg Rush Yards 4.8 1.6
Net Yards Passing 175 238
Comp. - Att. 18-31 31-48
Yards Per Pass 5.6 5.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-13 2-19
Penalties - Yards 6-75 8-51
Touchdowns 2 1
Rushing TDs 0 1
Passing TDs 2 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 0-0
Int. Thrown 1 2
Punts - Avg 4-48.5 3-38.3
Return Yards 57 35
Punts - Returns 2-9 2-0
Kickoffs - Returns 2-48 1-35
Int. - Returns 2-0 1-0
Kicking 3/3 4/4
Extra Points 2/2 1/1
Field Goals 1/1 3/3
Red Zone Eff. 1-2 -50% 1-2 -50%
Goal to Go Eff. 1-1 -100% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Browns 6-7-1 730717
Broncos 6-8 733316
175 PASS YDS 238
134 RUSH YDS 32
309 TOTAL YDS 270
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
B. Mayfield 6 QB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
58.1% 188 2 1 83.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.9% 3065 21 11 92.6
B. Mayfield 18/31 188 2 1 15
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
N. Chubb 24 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 100 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
164 860 8
N. Chubb 20 100 0 40 10
D. Johnson 29 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 28 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
34 168 0
D. Johnson 4 28 0 15 4
B. Mayfield 6 QB
15
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
33 115 0
B. Mayfield 4 6 0 9 15
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Landry 80 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 3 37 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 72 827 3
J. Landry 8 3 37 0 19 3
A. Callaway 11 WR
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 5 35 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 39 507 4
A. Callaway 7 5 35 1 12 9
B. Perriman 19 WR
9
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 31 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 219 1
B. Perriman 2 1 31 1 31 9
R. Higgins 81 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 30 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 29 426 3
R. Higgins 3 2 30 0 19 3
D. Njoku 85 TE
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 30 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 50 504 3
D. Njoku 5 3 30 0 20 3
D. Johnson 29 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 25 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 40 372 3
D. Johnson 5 4 25 0 10 4
N. Chubb 24 RB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 150 2
N. Chubb 1 0 0 0 0 10
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
J. Collins 51 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
63-29 1 3.0
J. Collins 6-0 1.0 0 0
T. Mitchell 39 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-2 1 0.0
T. Mitchell 6-0 0.0 0 0
J. Peppers 22 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 1 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
47-21 1 1.0
J. Peppers 6-0 1.0 1 0
J. Schobert 53 MLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
44-43 1 2.0
J. Schobert 4-3 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
40-9 0 0.0
B. Boddy-Calhoun 4-1 0.0 0 0
G. Avery 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
26-9 0 3.0
G. Avery 4-0 0.0 0 0
T. Coley 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
17-21 0 0.0
T. Coley 3-1 0.0 0 0
T. Carrie 38 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
51-16 1 1.0
T. Carrie 3-0 0.0 1 0
L. Ogunjobi 65 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-17 0 4.0
L. Ogunjobi 3-0 0.0 0 0
E. Ogbah 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
22-12 0 3.0
E. Ogbah 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Randall 23 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
68-7 4 0.0
D. Randall 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Kindred 26 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-12 1 0.0
D. Kindred 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Price 91 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-6 0 0.0
B. Price 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Garrett 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
31-7 0 12.0
M. Garrett 1-0 0.0 0 0
A. Zettel 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-7 0 0.0
A. Zettel 1-1 0.0 0 0
C. Smith 50 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
13-7 0 1.0
C. Smith 0-1 0.0 0 0
T. Vallejo 54 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
19-8 0 0.0
T. Vallejo 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
G. Joseph 17 K
5
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 2/2
SEASON FG XP
14/16 20/23
G. Joseph 1/1 40 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Colquitt 4 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 48.5 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
77 45.4 32
B. Colquitt 4 48.5 2 56
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Peppers 22 FS
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 17.0 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
17 21.0 28 0
J. Peppers 1 17.0 17 0
D. Hilliard 25 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 31.0 31 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
11 24.0 31 0
D. Hilliard 1 31.0 31 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Peppers 22 FS
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 4.5 8 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
23 9.0 33 0
J. Peppers 2 4.5 8 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
C. Keenum 4 QB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.6% 257 0 2 60.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.1% 3396 15 12 82.1
C. Keenum 31/48 257 0 2 12
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
P. Lindsay 30 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 24 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
182 991 9
P. Lindsay 14 24 0 11 4
R. Freeman 28 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
106 440 5
R. Freeman 4 7 0 6 0
C. Keenum 4 QB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 1 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
20 66 2
C. Keenum 2 1 1 1 12
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Patrick 81 WR
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 5 65 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 16 223 1
T. Patrick 8 5 65 0 24 6
D. Hamilton 17 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
12 7 46 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 19 154 1
D. Hamilton 12 7 46 0 14 4
M. LaCosse 83 TE
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 43 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 19 217 1
M. LaCosse 6 4 43 0 14 4
C. Sutton 14 WR
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 42 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 35 614 3
C. Sutton 6 5 42 0 13 4
P. Lindsay 30 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 4 20 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 33 230 1
P. Lindsay 6 4 20 0 16 4
B. Parker 89 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 18 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 23 0
B. Parker 2 2 18 0 11 1
D. Booker 23 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 17 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 30 234 0
D. Booker 3 2 17 0 15 1
A. Holmes 19 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 5 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 13 162 0
A. Holmes 1 1 5 0 5 0
R. Freeman 28 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 1 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 29 0
R. Freeman 1 1 1 0 1 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
A. Gotsis 99 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
23-12 0 2.0
A. Gotsis 5-1 1.0 0 1
B. Roby 29 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
37-5 1 0.0
B. Roby 4-1 0.0 0 0
J. Simmons 31 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
69-22 3 0.0
J. Simmons 4-3 0.0 0 0
W. Parks 34 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
20-15 0 0.0
W. Parks 3-1 0.0 0 0
V. Miller 58 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-17 1 14.0
V. Miller 2-0 1.0 0 0
B. Chubb 55 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
34-17 0 12.0
B. Chubb 2-2 0.0 0 0
Z. Kerr 92 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-15 0 1.0
Z. Kerr 2-0 0.0 0 0
S. Harris 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
21-11 1 1.0
S. Harris 2-0 0.0 0 0
D. Stewart 26 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
40-13 2 1.0
D. Stewart 2-2 0.0 0 0
T. Brock 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
15-3 0 0.0
T. Brock 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Jewell 47 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
29-17 0 0.0
J. Jewell 1-3 0.0 0 0
B. Marshall 54 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
18-19 0 0.0
B. Marshall 1-3 0.0 0 0
D. Peko Sr. 94 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-10 0 0.0
D. Peko Sr. 1-3 0.0 0 0
D. Thomas 35 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-3 1 1.0
D. Thomas 1-1 0.0 1 0
T. Davis 51 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
73-30 1 0.0
T. Davis 1-2 0.0 0 0
J. Holland 46 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Holland 1-1 0.0 0 0
D. Wolfe 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
28-10 1 1.0
D. Wolfe 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
B. McManus 8 K
10
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
3/3 1/1
SEASON FG XP
19/23 33/33
B. McManus 3/3 44 1/1 10
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Wadman 3 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 41.3 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
53 44.3 18
C. Wadman 3 41.3 0 46
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Booker 23 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 35.0 35 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 23.6 35 0
D. Booker 1 35.0 35 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Cracraft 15 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 3.7 20 0
R. Cracraft 2 0.0 0 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:12 CLE 49 1:23 4 51 TD
10:51 CLE 36 0:56 3 3 Punt
3:18 CLE 28 3:18 6 22 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:16 CLE 25 3:23 9 53 FG
1:41 CLE 20 0:27 3 5 Punt
0:47 CLE 45 0:29 4 25 INT
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CLE 17 9:11 15 43 Fumble
1:41 CLE 25 1:52 4 -13 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:41 DEN 48 2:57 6 48 TD
4:35 CLE 25 2:46 7 63 Downs
0:27 DEN 39 0:39 1 -1 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DEN 25 1:48 3 -13 Punt
11:49 DEN 25 0:58 3 1 Punt
9:55 DEN 12 6:37 13 88 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 DEN 13 6:44 12 61 FG
4:53 DEN 34 3:12 7 37 INT
1:14 DEN 13 0:27 3 4 Punt
0:18 DEN 2 0:18 1 0 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
5:49 DEN 40 4:08 8 36 FG
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:49 DEN 20 0:08 1 0 INT
11:44 DEN 25 7:09 13 64 FG
1:49 DEN 13 1:10 9 26 Downs