NFL playoffs are here; Browns are in

January 8, 2021

The NFL playoffs start this weekend and the Cleveland Browns are on a mission. With a 24-22 win against the Steelers in the regular-season finale, the Browns are now in the playoffs for the first time in 18 years. Cleveland (11-5) will face the Steelers (12-4) in the first round of the AFC playoffs Sunday evening at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

Below are quotes provided by the Cleveland Browns organization from quarterback Baker Mayfield after the win against the Steelers. For more information and quotes on the game click the link to the Browns official website.

Post-game Interview with Baker Mayfield

Quarterback Baker Mayfield:

On the feeling and energy after today’s win and converting on third down to close out the game:

“It is a moment I will definitely never forget. First off, I want to start by saying the cliché thing – I truly do mean this and everyone in our locker room honestly believes it – we are not satisfied. We expected to be here. We have worked extremely hard to get here. We are excited to have a chance to be the playoffs. The feeling of walking off the field and the energy in the stadium, playing ‘Cleveland Rocks’ I can see an old school video going on and I can look up and see old school highlights of players like (Browns Legends QBs) Brian Sipe, Bernie Kosar and some old-schoolers on there and for it to be that loud with the limited number of fans, it is a special moment for us.”

On his first down run in the fourth quarter to seal the win:

“However we have do it, I will be happy about it. I heard the play call when I was on the sideline and I was over with (QB) Case Keenum and he told me. I thought he was joking at first because I did not hear it well. We called it, and I said ‘Let’s go do it. Obviously, whatever it takes.’ It was a great call. All of our guys made great blocks, but (RB) Kareem (Hunt) right in front of me, I could hear that collision. He smacked that guy in front of me. He gave me enough room to get the first down.”

On facing the Steelers again next week in the AFC Wild Card round:

“Obviously, we are facing them again. We are going to get some guys back hopefully, and they are obviously going to get some guys back – they sat quite a few. We will roll with the punches. It sets up a must-win. Like I said earlier this week, it was win or go home for us already. Our playoffs started a week early. It just so happens that we play the same opponent next week. We know what the Steelers are all about. It is going to be a physical game just like tonight was.”

On reflecting on reaching the playoffs, given the unique circumstances of this past year:

“For our team to win 11 games this year over a lot of ups and downs, to learn new systems on both offense and defense over Zoom meetings, to have a lot of new faces and get to know each other in a very different way and to come out and find a way to get in the playoffs in a division that has three teams in the playoffs, it is pretty damn special. I am proud of this team. Like I said, we are not satisfied. That is the best part is we have scratched and clawed and found a way to get in when we had to. All we wanted was a chance, and now we have one.”

On the challenges and opportunities the Browns have next week playing at Pittsburgh:

“The obvious ones. The Steelers are a great team, led by a good coach, and they are a physical team. They find different ways to win and compete no matter what. We have to find a way to win. It is a playoff scenario – win or go home. Like we said, all we wanted was a chance, and now we have it against the same opponent that has a lot of people coming back. It is going to be a physical ballgame.”

Here are the rest of the first-round playoff matchups:

AFC

(1.) Kansas City Chiefs (bye)
(7.) Indianapolis Colts at (2.) Buffalo Bills
(6.) Cleveland Browns at (3.) Pittsburgh Steelers
(5.) Baltimore Ravens at (4.) Tennessee Titans

NFC

(1.) Green Bay Packers (bye)
(7.) Chicago Bears at (2.) New Orleans Saints
(6.) Los Angeles Rams at (3.) Seattle Seahawks
(5.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers at (4.) Washington Football Team

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One Response to “NFL playoffs are here; Browns are in”

  1. Rosario Nail on January 9th, 2021 6:37 pm

    What a game that was, between the Browns & Steelers! Living out of state, it’s rare to get to watch a Browns game, but I’ll get to watch them again on Sunday! I pray that all will be healthy. Go Browns!

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