Browns survive Steelers, make the playoffs for the first time since 2002

Jeff Risdon
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Ladies and gentlemen, the Cleveland Browns are in the postseason!

It’s been a long time coming, 18 years to be exact. When Baker Mayfield knelt down inside Pittsburgh territory to end the game, the Browns made the playoffs for the first time since the 2002 season.

It wasn’t easy. The Steelers closed the final margin to 24-22 with a late touchdown, but Mason Rudolph’s pass to Chase Claypool on the 2-point conversion sailed well over the receiver’s head.

There will be ample time to dissect the performance. Kevin Stefanski’s team had Browns fans chomping down fingernails with some shaky execution and interesting play calls, but the Browns ultimately prevailed.

For now, though, we celebrate a long-awaited return to the postseason.

Thank you, Browns!