Cleveland Browns spoil Baker Mayfield’s chance of revenge with a late goal

Charlotte, Nick — Baker Mayfield He didn’t get his revenge on the Cleveland Browns thanks in part to the return of the Carolina Panthers Christian McCaffrey Referred to as “terrible” that fears a bystander’s punishment on the defensive side Brian Burnsbut he came close.

After looking intimidating for nearly three quarters, Mayfield led the Panthers to 17 points in the final quarter, the lead before Brown spoiled his vengeful side with a 58-yard field goal by a rookie kicker. Kid York With eight seconds left.

The game’s winning impulse was backed by a ruthless penalty kick in the first game that gave Cleveland their first defeat by 40 points. Referee Brad Rogers said the summons took place because there was “forced friction in the head and neck area.”

McCaffrey saw it differently.

“It was a terrible call,” he said.

A 26-24 loss left Mayfield 0-4 in the NFL openers, including a 0-3 with Brown.

“Everyone made this game to be the Super Bowl,” Mayfield said. “But despite what everyone is going to do with this, there are 16 more. The Super Bowl won’t be until February.”

Mayfield bore a lot of responsibility for this loss due to the slow start by him and the attack. It was 10 for 19 for 101 yards with four slashes at the scrimmage line and two interceptions in the first inning. He also missed a shot in his rifle.

He finished with five slash passes at the goal line, a trend that began in Cleveland where 44 passes in the line from 2018-2021 were the most in the NFL.

Mayfield said, “I have to do a better job finding the corners and windows to throw in, and we have to get their hands off. But this team fought. That’s why it’s so disappointing.”

Mayfield’s only big play in the inning was completing 50 yards to a tight end Ian Thomaswhich was wide open in the middle of the field.

It got so bad that he was first booed after being forced to throw the ball away under pressure to finish his fifth of seven possessions.

There was also booing as the Panthers left to the locker room in the first half down 17-7. It was so bad that Quincy Avery, the personal passing coach who stopped the Browns Deshaun WatsonAnd the chirp: “This is the baker we know and love.”

Mayfield finally showed some of the energy the Panthers were looking for to get out of him late in the third quarter and early in the fourth with a touchdown drive that capped him with a 7-yard scramble to the middle.

He then showed some of the emotions he’s had throughout his career, hitting the ball into the stuffed court wall after cutting the difference to 20-14.

“He is the ultimate fighter,” the attacking guard Brady Christensen Mayfield said.

After Cleveland’s field goal, Mayfield threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to Robbie Anderson To reduce the lead to 23-21 with 6:02 remaining.

He then led Carolina to a field goal with just over a minute to play, paving the way for the winner of the York game that left York celebrating and Mayfield disappointed.

“I usually say I don’t celebrate kicks,” York said. “That was a little different.”

Mayfield finished 16 for 27 for 235 yards.

“I thought Baker stood there and took all the shots and gave the plays that gave us a chance to win,” said Panthers coach Matt Roll.

Brown surrendered at Mayfield after the 2021 season in which he went 6-8 while struggling with a shoulder injury. They traded Watson during the holiday period, leading Mayfield to request a deal from the team that made him the first pick for the 2018 draft.

He underwent what Carolina called an “open” competition at the start of 2021 Sam Darnold As for the first job, though, league sources said Mayfield’s job is to lose all the time. It was officially named junior on August 22nd.

He never made a big deal about facing his former team before Sunday, saying it was a “good story” but he was focused on doing his job.

“Obviously there’s a lot of hanging out there,” Mayfield said of Brown after being called a Panthers champion. “I’m not going to sit here and be a robot and say it doesn’t mean anything. It will.”

But it was never a sentimental past in the sense of Mayfield’s so-called revenge games in the NFL and college.

“It’s always good to see familiar faces,” Mayfield said. “Sentimental? I wouldn’t overstate it. We didn’t finish, mostly because we didn’t start fast.”

It was all hugs and smiles for Mayfield before kick-off as he greeted several of his former teammates, coaches and executives.

There were more hugs and smiles after the match.

Mayfield said, “Lots of anticipation. We’re going to get rid of this. We’ll be better off than him.”

ESPN’s Jake Trotter contributed to this report.