Monday night football replay: Nick Mullens-led Cleveland Browns comeback spoiled as Raiders win on Daniel Carlson FG
A COVID-19 outbreak created a week unlike any other for the Cleveland Browns as they got ready for their Week 15 game with the Las Vegas Raiders.
It ended with a crushing loss all so familiar to the franchise and Browns fans — a field goal on the game’s final play lifted the Raiders to the 16-14 victory to seriously damage Cleveland’s playoff hopes in the AFC. Instead of sitting fourth in the AFC, and leading the division, the Browns are 12th in the conference. Seven teams make the playoffs.
The NFL postponed the game from Saturday to Monday — one of three Week 15 games the league pushed back to either Monday or Tuesday. Instead of moving into a three-way tie atop the AFC North with the Bengals (8-6) and Ravens (8-6), the Browns are now fourth in the four-team division. Coming off their 24-22 win over the Ravens a week ago, the Browns again were unable to win consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 2-4.
The Raiders entered having lost five of their last six. They were routed 48-9 by the Chiefs a week ago. But at 7-7, same as the Browns, the Raiders kept themselves in the hunt. Here’s a look at the AFC North standngs and how the game unfolded throughout Monday evening.
Daniel Carlson field goal beats the Browns
Daniel Carlson hit a 48-yard field goal as time expired for the Raiders win — hitting the kick moments after the Browns called a timeout before he made a kick that didn’t count because of the timeout.
The 16-14 Raiders win featured three field goal by Carlson and spoiled a comeback by the Browns.
Greedy Williams steps up for Browns
The Browns defense came up with their second turnover of the second half, as cornerback Greedy Williams intercepted an overthrow by Derek Carr on deep ball down the middle of the field. The interception at the Cleveland 16 was returned 7 yards by Williams with 2:59 left.
The Browns, though, could not get a first down following the turnover. Nick Chubb was stuffed for a 1-yard loss on a third-and-3 run to the right with two minutes left.
The Raiders got the ball back at their own 29 with 1:50 left and no timeouts following the Browns punt.
Nick Mullens, Donovan Peoples-Jones, Harrison Bryant ignite Browns offense to take the lead
Nick Mullens threw his first TD pass as a Browns quarterback, and it was a memorable one. It helped them take the lead late in the fourth quarter and came on a fourth down. On the fourth-and-5 play from the 6, Mullens bought some time with a short scramble to his left and then tossed a 6-yard TD pass to tight end Harrison Bryant.
Following the PAT by Chase McLaughlin, the Browns lead 14-13 with 3:45 left.
It was the fourth clutch completion by Mullens on the drive. He connected with Donovan Peoples-Jones for 11 yards on a third-and-8 to the Raiders 11 and for 25 yards on third-and-3 to the Raiders 36. Mullens also had a third-and-short completion to Bryant earlier in the drive to get it rolling.
Daniel Carlson hit a 39-yard field goal with 14:46 left in the fourth quarter to push the Raiders lead to 13-7, as they answered a Browns touchdown with a scoring drive of their own. On the third-down play ahead of the field goal, Pro Bowl Browns defensive end Myles Garrett limped off the field. He eventually went to the medical tent, but did not miss a play.
After a quick three-and-out by the Browns offense, Garrett was back on the field.
Nick Chubb touchdown gets Browns on the scoreboard
The Browns quickly took advantage of the first turnover of the game, with Nick Chubb scoring on a 4-yard run to the left on a third-and-goal with 4:33 left in the third. Chubb’s 24-yard run around the left end put the Browns at the Raiders 6. Two plays later, he scored to cap the six-play, 47-yard drive.
The Raiders lead 10-7.
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah produces first big play for the Browns
A strip sack of Derek Carr by linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah has given the Browns a much needed big play. Porter Gustin recovered it at the Raiders 47 with 7:21 left in the third.
The Browns followed up the fumble recovery with a 13-yard screen pass to tight end David Njoku to put them at 34. That equaled their longest offensive play of the day to that point — setting the stage for a couple big plays from Nick Chubb to get the Browns into the end zone.
Browns miss chance to cut into Raiders lead on final play of the first half
Chase McLaughlin missed a 47-yard field goal attempt for the Browns as time expired in the first half, keeping the Raiders ahead 10-0. McLaughlin has missed six of his last 11 field goal tries, after opening the season 10-for-10 on field goals.
The Raiders outgained the Browns 178 to 84 in the half. Browns picked up three of their five first-half first downs on their final drive. Nick Mullens, in his first start as the Browns QB, was 12-of-18 for 72 yards. The Browns running game was virtually non-existent. They have 12 yards on seven carries. Nick Chubb carried just six times for 14 yards.
The Raiders ran the ball 14 times for 70 yards. Derek Carr was 13-of-18 passing for 108 yards.
Big drop by Donovan Peoples-Jones, clutch punt by Dustin Colquitt for Browns; missed opportunity for Raiders
The Browns took their first deep shot with Nick Mullens at QB on their second possession, and it looked like a good one. Mullens threw deep down the right sideline off play action after rolling to his right, hitting Donovan Peoples-Jones in the hands. Peoples-Jones, though, could not hang on to the ball near the Raiders 25. Two plays later, Dustin Colquitt came through with a 51-yard punt to pin the Raiders at their own 4.