Chubb TD in OT gives Brissett, Browns 23-17 win over Bucs
CLEVELAND (AP) — Jacoby Brissett wasn’t looking for sympathy and he didn’t want a ceremonial send-off.
After all, he’s not leaving.
The Browns gave him one anyway.
Nick Chubb scored on a 3-yard touchdown run with 19 seconds left in overtime and Cleveland rallied on Sunday to stun Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23-17 on Brissett’s last start before Deshaun Watson back from his 11-game suspension.
Afterwards, the Browns gave Brissett a fly ball before the popular 29-year-old channeled Brady, his former New England teammate.
“I mean that with no disrespect,” Brissett said when asked how he felt after the comeback win. “But in the words of Tom Brady, it was (expletive) great. It was (expletive) great.
Chubb drove through a pile of bodies on the goal line as the Browns (4-7) fired Brissett with a win as they transitioned to Watson, who was banned by the NFL for sexual misconduct allegations. He will start next week at Houston, who traded him to Cleveland in March.
So it was special for Brissett, who has been invaluable to the Browns in another turbulent season.
“I’m obviously grateful for this opportunity and grateful for these men in this room,” said Brissett, who also threw a key block on receiver Anthony Schwartz’ 31-yard run. “It was a great game to finish it off, but we have to stack them.”
Chubb’s short TD was set up when Brissett connected on a 45-yard pass to wide receiver Amari Cooper, who was left wide open when Bucs cornerback Carlton Davis III slipped and fell near midfield.
The Browns forced OT on tight end David Njoku’s remarkable one-handed TD catch with 32 seconds left in regulation. Njoku extended his left arm to carry Brissett’s 12-yard strike to the back of the end zone.
“I threw it, and I thought I threw it too high and I was about to start crying,” Brissett said. “I saw him put it down, and I was like, ‘I could have run and kissed him.’ Obviously, I didn’t.
Brady threw two touchdown passes but couldn’t do anything in 10 minutes of overtime as the Bucs (5-6) were unable to maintain momentum after a pass.
“Seventeen points won’t be enough,” Brady said. “It’s been the same all year. We don’t score enough points. Every game is an individual win or loss, and we lose too many. There were too many games where we were on the wrong page, and we need to fix that.
Led by All-Pro winger Myles Garrett, who had 1 1/2 sacks, the Browns held Tampa Bay without a point on its last seven possessions.
Garrett played the final minutes of regulation and OT in extreme pain after aggravating a shoulder injury sustained in a car accident.
“It hurt a lot,” said Garrett, who intends to postpone the operation until the end of the season. “I thought I had broken something.”
Brady completed 29 of 43 passes for 246 yards and was sacked three times.
Brissett went 23 of 37 for 210 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Chubb finished with 116 yards on 26 carries.
Brady opened the second half by completing his first six passes, including a 28-yard pass to Mike Evans, who became the first Tampa Bay player to reach 10,000 receiving yards.
The Buccaneers took a 17-10 lead when Brady joined rookie Ko Kieft on a 5-yard pass. It was TD’s 638th pass for Brady and No. 1 for Kieft, who is listed as the team’s tight fourth string.
Stadium security personnel caught a skunk that was on the loose inside FirstEnergy Stadium during the game.
The creature was looking for food and hiding under a step in the lower section of the bowl above the tunnel leading to the Cleveland locker room. The skunk was trapped with a box and released unharmed.
Large circular rings of tire tracks were still visible on the Cleveland field after an intruder broke into the stadium earlier in the week and drove a vehicle onto the turf.
The unknown suspect, who burst into the stadium on Monday night, caused superficial damage and divots.
Police are investigating the incident, which forced the stadium’s maintenance crew to carry out repairs to prepare for surface play.
Buccaneers: RT Tristan Wirfs was carried off the field in OT after sustaining a serious leg injury. He favored the leg while walking in the locker room. “You hope it’s not as bad as it looks,” coach Todd Bowles said.
Browns: CB AJ Green (head) left the field after making a low tackle late in the first quarter. An official noticed Green staggering and escorted him away.
Buccaneers: Host New Orleans on Dec. 5.
Browns: Watson is playing his first game in 700 days against the Texans, who drafted him in 2017.
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Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) scores a touchdown in overtime during the team’s NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Cleveland on Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. The Browns won 23- 17. (AP Photo/David Richard)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) celebrates after delivering the ball to running back Nick Chubb, who scored in overtime of the team’s NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Cleveland on Sunday November 27, 2022. The Browns won 23 -17. (AP Photo/David Richard)
Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb, left, carries the ball with Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Keanu Neal (22) on defense during the second half of an NFL football game in Cleveland on Sunday, 27 November 2022. (AP Photo/David Richard)