Atlanta Falcons vs. Cleveland Browns

ATL
16
CLE
28
FINAL
1234T
ATL 0100616
CLE 7714028

Game Information
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 62,144

CLEVELAND (AP) Before he rolled out of bed, Baker Mayfield had a premonition of near perfection.

More than a hunch.

"When I woke up this morning, I was feeling pretty dangerous," the Browns rookie quarterback said with a smile and a hint of arrogance. "I just woke up feeling really dangerous."

Someone should have warned the Atlanta Falcons.

Mayfield threw a season-high three touchdown passes and rookie Nick Chubb streaked 92 yards for a TD as the Cleveland Browns ended a four-game losing streak with their best all-around performance in years, a stunning 28-16 win over the Falcons on Sunday.

The Browns (3-6-1) played their most complete game this season under interim coach Gregg Williams, their defensive coordinator who improved to 1-1 since replacing the fired Hue Jackson.

Mayfield outplayed Falcons star quarterback Matt Ryan with an excellent outing that further justifies Cleveland's decision to take the former Oklahoma QB with the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft.

Earlier this week, Williams and offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens urged Mayfield to play loose and not worry about any mistakes.

He took the message to heart.

"If you take a step back and watch how he managed the game in the huddle, how he managed the clock, how he managed the check systems and how he managed the overall communication on the offensive side of the ball," Williams said. "A good next step for him."

Mayfield completed his first 13 passes and finished 17 of 20 for 216 yards. He threw a 28-yard scoring pass to Rashard Higgins, a 13-yarder to Chubb and 11-yarder to Duke Johnson. He went 12 of 12 for 165 yards and two TD passes in the first half, and didn't throw his first incompletion until 11:14 remained in the third quarter.

Two plays later, he connected with Johnson to put the Browns ahead 21-10

"It comes down to just doing my job," said Mayfield, who appreciated his coaches' trust. "Them saying they trust me enough to let the ball go, I was brought here for a reason so just go do my thing.

"That obviously makes me feel comfortable when they say that. It comes down to me doing my job, getting the ball out of my hands. We did a good job of having guys open, finding the holes in their defense and getting completions."

Ryan threw two touchdown passes but the Falcons (4-5) had their three-game winning streak - and any playoff momentum - stopped cold.

"It is disappointing because we had been playing better than this the last couple of weeks. We're better than what we put out there today, but you're only as good as your last performance. Today was not good enough."

And while Mayfield did damage, Chubb's record run was the backbreaker.

With the Browns backed up at their 8, Chubb, who had 176 yards on 20 carries, took a handoff and headed right. He cut toward Atlanta's sideline, picked up a block and then showed his surprising breakaway speed while finishing the longest run in team history.

Chubb's run broke the previous team mark held by Bobby Mitchell, who had a 90-yard TD run against Washington on Nov. 15, 1959. It was also the second-longest run by a rookie in league history, behind only Bobby Gage's 97-yard run for Pittsburgh in 1949.

"A great handoff," Mayfield joked. "When I handed it off, it parted like the Red Sea."

The score put the Browns ahead 28-10, an unexpected and unescapable hole for the Falcons, who blew a chance to get closer in the fourth when they were stopped inches short of the goal line.

"I told the team I thought we took a step back," said Falcons coach Dan Quinn. "That's tough to see and tough to say. I also told them we must regroup. We're trying to fight for consistency, and we certainly made improvement over the last three weeks, and we didn't get the job done."

JULIO MILESTONE

One of the few positives for the Falcons was receiver Julio Jones, who had 107 yards and became the fastest player to reach 10,000 with a 30-yard catch in the second quarter. Jones reached the 10,000-yard plateau in his 104th game, 11 quicker than Calvin Johnson.

"He's amazing," Ryan said of Jones, who is tied with Hall of Famer Randy Moss with 45 career games with 100 yards or more receiving, the most for a player in his first eight seasons. "He's a unique and special player. He's as talented as any player probably that has ever played. His skillset is phenomenal. He works extremely hard. He's been awesome to be around for his entire career. It's fun to be a small part of what he's done so far."

WISHBONE WISH

Kitchens joked earlier in the week he might bring back the "wishbone" - a three-back formation popular with college teams in the 1970s. And sure enough, the Browns used a variation of the wishbone on several plays.

"It was something, wasn't it?" Mayfield said, drawing laughter. "It is something different. We threw a different look. We moved the ball well. It was just a thing to switch up the tempo, and I think it was great for our offense."

STRANGE CALL

While Mayfield was sublime in the first half, the Browns did have one interception.

Running back Dontrell Hilliard took a pitch and threw an ill-advised pass back toward Mayfield, who was well covered and the ball was picked by Falcons safety Damonte Kazee, who leads the league with five interceptions.

UP NEXT

Falcons: Host the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 18.

Browns: Bye week.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Falcons Browns
04:36 Rashard Higgins 28 yd pass from Baker Mayfield (Greg Joseph kick) 0 7

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Falcons Browns
12:18 Giorgio Tavecchio 40 yd FG 3 7
05:04 Julio Jones 1 yd pass from Matt Ryan (Giorgio Tavecchio kick) 10 7
00:55 Nick Chubb 13 yd pass from Baker Mayfield (Greg Joseph kick) 10 14

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Falcons Browns
10:27 Duke Johnson Jr. 11 yd pass from Baker Mayfield (Greg Joseph kick) 10 21
08:45 Nick Chubb 92 yd run (Greg Joseph kick) 10 28

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Falcons Browns
04:24 Austin Hooper 3 yd pass from Matt Ryan (2pt Sack of Matt Ryan) 16 28

Team Stats
  Atlanta Cleveland
1st Downs 25 19
Total Yards 382 427
Passing 311 216
Passing Completions/Attempts 38-52 17-21
Yards/Pass 5.8 10.3
Rushing 71 211
Rushing Attempts 19 29
Yards/Rush 3.7 7.3
Turnovers 2 1
Fumbles Lost 2 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Possession 31:23 28:37

Atlanta Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Matt Ryan 38 52 330 6.3 2 0

Cleveland Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Baker Mayfield 17 20 216 10.8 3 0
Dontrell Hilliard 0 1 0 0.0 0 1

Atlanta Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Tevin Coleman 11 44 4.0 0 18
Matt Ryan 3 13 4.3 0 8
Ito Smith 4 11 2.8 0 4
Calvin Ridley 1 3 3.0 0 3

Cleveland Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Nick Chubb 20 176 8.8 1 92
Baker Mayfield 6 20 3.3 0 10
Duke Johnson 3 15 5.0 0 9

Atlanta Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Julio Jones 7 107 15.3 1 30
Austin Hooper 10 56 5.6 1 10
Mohamed Sanu 6 47 7.8 0 11
Calvin Ridley 3 37 12.3 0 31
Tevin Coleman 3 19 6.3 0 8
Eric Saubert 1 17 17.0 0 17
Ito Smith 4 15 3.8 0 8
Logan Paulsen 2 13 6.5 0 8
Marvin Hall 1 12 12.0 0 12
Justin Hardy 1 7 7.0 0 7

Cleveland Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Antonio Callaway 2 39 19.5 0 25
Nick Chubb 3 33 11.0 1 13
Breshad Perriman 2 33 16.5 0 17
Duke Johnson 4 31 7.8 1 11
Rashard Higgins 1 28 28.0 1 28
Jarvis Landry 2 22 11.0 0 12
David Njoku 1 18 18.0 0 18
Dontrell Hilliard 1 6 6.0 0 6
Orson Charles 1 6 6.0 0 6
Baker Mayfield 0 0 0.0 0

Atlanta Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
De'Vondre Campbell 5 3 0 0
Robert Alford 3 2 0 0
Jordan Richards 3 1 0 0
Derrick Shelby 3 1 0 0
Bruce Irvin 2 0 0 0
Foyesade Oluokun 2 1 0 0
Brooks Reed 2 0 0 0
Duke Riley 2 2 0 0
Bruce Carter 1 0 0 0
Kemal Ishmael 1 1 0 0
Grady Jarrett 1 2 0 0
Damontae Kazee 1 2 0 0
Sharrod Neasman 1 0 0 0
Desmond Trufant 1 1 0 0
Justin Bethel 0 0 0 0
Jack Crawford 0 2 0 0
Marvin Hall 0 0 0 0
Alex Mack 0 0 0 0
Jake Matthews 0 0 0 0
Terrell McClain 0 1 0 0
Brian Poole 0 1 0 0
Deadrin Senat 0 1 0 0

Cleveland Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Jamie Collins Sr. 8 1 0 0
Briean Boddy-Calhoun 4 1 0 0
T.J. Carrie 4 2 0 0
Damarious Randall 4 0 0 0
Joe Schobert 4 3 0 0
Tanner Vallejo 4 2 0 0
Derrick Kindred 3 0 0 0
Jabrill Peppers 3 1 0 0
Anthony Zettel 3 0 0 0
Chris Smith 2 1 1 13
Larry Ogunjobi 2 2 0.5 3
Denzel Ward 2 0 0 0
Genard Avery 1 2 0 0
Myles Garrett 1 0 0 0
Emmanuel Ogbah 0 1 0.5 3
Nick Chubb 0 0 0 0
Seth DeValve 0 0 0 0
Tavierre Thomas 0 0 0 0
Jermaine Whitehead 0 0 0 0

Atlanta Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Damontae Kazee 1 33 0

Cleveland Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Atlanta Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Marvin Hall 1 26 26.0 0 26
Brian Hill 1 16 16.0 0 16

Cleveland Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jabrill Peppers 2 41 20.5 0 21
Dontrell Hilliard 1 20 20.0 0 20
Jarvis Landry 1 8 8.0 0 8

Atlanta Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Justin Hardy 1 5 5.0 0 5

Cleveland Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jabrill Peppers 1 6 6.0 0 6

Atlanta Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Giorgio Tavecchio 1 1 100.0 40

Cleveland Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
No kicking stats.

Atlanta Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Matt Bosher 3 118 44

Cleveland Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Britton Colquitt 4 187 57