12/15 22:40 CST Cleveland Browns beat injury-plagued Broncos 17-16
Cleveland Browns beat injury-plagued Broncos 17-16
By ARNIE STAPLETON
AP Pro Football Writer
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) --- Baker Mayfield capitalized on Denver's depleted
cornerback corps and dubious decisions in leading the Cleveland Browns past the
Broncos 17-16 on Saturday night, keeping alive their slim hopes of ending the
NFL's longest playoff drought.
Mayfield's 2-yard TD toss to Antonio Calloway with just under 12 minutes left
provided the winning margin for the Browns (6-7-1). They snapped an 11-game
losing streak to the Broncos (6-8).
Improving to 3-28 on the road over the last four seasons, the Browns still have
a shot at their first winning season since 2007 and even their first playoff
berth since 2002 thanks to their first win over Denver since 1990.
Calloway's touchdown made it 17-13 and came with safety Justin Simmons in
coverage because the Broncos were down five cornerbacks.
The Broncos responded with a 13-play drive that ate up more than seven minutes,
but coach Vance Joseph inexplicably sent in kicker Brandon McManus for a field
goal instead of going for it on fourth-and-1 from the Cleveland 6 with 4:35
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