Apparently, Carolina Panthers quarterback Baker Mayfield wasn’t looking to [insert expletive here] up the Cleveland Browns. He only wanted a little bragging rights on them.
But unfortunately for the former Brownie, he didn’t get ’em.
On Sunday, Cleveland fended off a furious (and shocking) comeback effort from Mayfield and the Panthers. A game-winning 58-yard field goal from rookie Cade York wiped out Carolina’s one-point lead and their victory, clinching a 26-24 victory for the visitors.
Then, when asked after the defeat if seeing those visitors was “emotional” for him, Mayfield didn’t sell too much of that idea.
“It’s always good to see familiar faces,” he said. “Emotional? I wouldn’t get too much into that. It was good to see some people. Obviously, disappointed with the way things finished. Would’ve loved to have the bragging rights against those guys. But we didn’t finish.”
Mayfield himself finished having completed 16 of his 27 attempts for 235 yards, a touchdown and an interception along with a 7-yard rushing touchdown. He was also charged with four fumbles off four different snaps—each of which were recovered.
While he may not have those rights, Mayfield has the rights to turn the Panthers around. As he’d go on to say, there’s still almost an entire season ahead of them to keep on pounding.
“I’m a fighter,” he later added. “I fought my whole life. That’s not gonna change. There’s 16 more games. Just like our whole team showed in the second half, we’re gonna fight. We’re gonna be in games.”
Their next game is next Sunday, when they hit MetLife Stadium to take on the New York Giants.