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Browns score win over Steelers as brawl breaks out in ugly finish

CLEVELAND — It’ll had been a canine of a recreation, however it additionally may have confirmed the Cleveland Browns and their liked Dawg Pound nonetheless have some bark and chew left of their heretofore underwhelming 2019 season. 

Baker Mayfield handed for 2 touchdowns and ran for some other, whilst a bodily — even grimy — defensive effort enabled the Browns to batter the arch rival Pittsburgh Steelers 21-7 Thursday evening in a recreation that wasn’t as shut because the ranking signifies. 

Alternatively the sport was once marred by means of a chain within the ultimate seconds through which Browns defensive finish Myles Garrett got rid of the helmet of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and then swung it at him, sparking a brawl between the two teams. Garrett, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey and Browns defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi were all ejected.

“It’s inexcusable,” Mayfield said after the game. “Rivalry or not, we can’t do that.”

It was Cleveland’s second win in five days, the first time the Browns (4-6) have strung together victories this season. Pittsburgh (5-5) began the night clinging to a wild-card spot but now finds itself back in the pack and only a game up on Cleveland in the AFC North.

Here are three things we learned from Steelers-Browns (Part One):

1. AFC playoff picture shifts: Pittsburgh’s loss dropped the team from the sixth seed (second wild-card position) to the eighth, behind the Colts and Raiders. Oakland, which beat Indianapolis in Week 4, takes the Steelers’ spot in the playoff field for the time being. Thanks to a tiebreaker, the Browns jumped past the Chargers into the AFC’s 11th spot, however Cleveland is only 1½ games behind the Raiders for the final wild-card berth. And with Miami, Arizona and two games against Cincinnati still on the schedule, the Browns — they haven’t reached postseason since 2002 — still have a realistic shot to make a run … though a certain suspension of Garrett likely diminishes that.

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