Overtime is officially the new home of the Cleveland Browns.
They’d probably like a change of address.
Late Browns rally thwarted in overtime
Baker Mayfield rallied Cleveland to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after trailing 23-9. It was Cleveland’s fourth overtime game of the season.
But that would be the end of the heroics, as an error-plagued overtime session ended with a stunning 59-yard field goal from Bucs kicker Chandler Catanzaro for a 26-23 Tampa Bay win.
Mayfield’s face on the sideline summed up the result for Cleveland.
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) October 21, 2018
LeBron James felt the pain all the way from L.A.
Kickers been missing from 15-20-25 yards out with nobody else on the field all year but OF COURSE he would make from 59 yards out vs the Browns. Like c’mon man! 🤦🏾♂️
— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 21, 2018
More overtime disappointment for Cleveland
The loss drops Cleveland to 2-4-1, good for last place in the AFC North. Two of those losses and the tie came via overtime games.
The Bucs looked primed for an easy win at home late in regulation before the Browns made things interesting.
Cleveland marched for a 75-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard touchdown run from new starting running back Nick Chubb to cut Tampa Bay’s lead to 23-16 with 12:17 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Jabril Peppers then returned a late Bucs punt 32 yards to the Tampa Bay 16-yard line, setting up the game-tying touchdown pass from Mayfield to Jarvis Landry with 2:50 remaining.
Catanzaro could have sealed game in regulation
But the Bucs had a chance to win the game in regulation, driving 53 yards late for a 40-yard Catanzaro field-goal attempt with four seconds remaining. He missed wide right, setting the stage for Browns heartbreak and his own redemption in overtime.
The Browns had multiple chances to seize control in overtime. Cleveland started the extra session with a three-and-out. But Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston threw an interception directly to Browns linebacker Jamie Collins on the ensuing Bucs possession, setting Cleveland up near midfield, when a field goal would win the game.
Browns inept in overtime
But three plays would net zero yards for Cleveland, which would once again punt in overtime.
The Bucs then gave the ball back again after failing to gain a first down. But there would be no heroic punt return this time from Peppers, who took the Bryan Anger kick 14 yards before fumbling the ball near midfield, where Tampa Bay would recover at the Browns’ 48-yard line.
Once again, Tampa struggled with the ball, as Winston took back-to-back sacks on the ensuing drive to set up a desperate third-and-29 at the Bucs 45 with 1:51 remaining. It was starting to look like another tie was in the works.
But Winston found DeSean Jackson for 14 yards on the play giving Catanzaro a long-shot chance at redemption. And find it he did, hooking the 59-yarder just inside the right upright to give Tampa Bay the win to improve to 3-3.
Jackson may take more offensive control
After the game, Browns head coach Hue Jackson told reporters he might take more control of the offensive decisions moving forward.
That might not be the answer, but something needs to change. Cleveland squandered a prime chance to steal an overtime win Sunday only to shut down in the extra session and give the Bucs a glimmer of hope they capitalized on.
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