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Jets pull off unreal comeback late in fourth quarter, stun Browns


CLEVELAND – Joe Flacco’s 15-yard touchdown pass to rookie Garrett Wilson with 22 seconds left rallied the New York Jets to a 31-30 win over the Cleveland Browns, who hit a two-run touchdown in the last two minutes on Sunday.

On the 3rd and 10th, Flacco, who had four TD passes, found a streaky Wilson in the middle. Earlier, the 10th overall pick dropped a crucial pass, allowing the Browns (1-1) to open their lead.

Nick Chubb’s rushing third TD put Cleveland ahead 13 with 1:55 left. However, rookie kicker Cade York, who hit a 58-yard field goal in the dying seconds to beat Carolina last week, pushed his extra point to the right.

The miss would come back to haunt the Browns.

Flacco hit Corey Davis for a 66-yard touchdown with 1:22 left to shoot the Jets (1-1) in six at 30-24. New York got the kick in play and Flacco, who is filling in while starter Zach Wilson recovers from a knee injury, drove on the 15 without any timeout before connecting with Wilson.

Greg Zuerlein made the decisive extra point to make it 31-30.

Cleveland had one last chance, but Jacoby Brissett, who injured his left knee in the fourth, was intercepted by safety Ashtyn Davis with 6 seconds remaining.

Flacco improved to 18-3 in his career against the Browns, the most wins for the 37-year-old QB against any team. Flacco went 26 of 44 for 307 yards.

It was a demoralizing loss for the Browns, who were on course to go 2-0 for the first time since 1993, when Bill Belichick was their coach.

Chubb scored on runs of 4, 7 and 12 yards.

Brissett, starting as Deshaun Watson is serving his 11-game NFL suspension for alleged sexual misconduct, threw a TD pass to Amari Cooper and went 22 of 27 for 229 yards.

Wilson had eight catches for 102 yards.

Zuerlein’s 57-yard field goal with 14:19 left tied the Jets’ 17. The kick matched the longest in franchise history by Chandler Catanzaro against the Browns in 2017.

NO AVERAGE JOE

Joe Thomas achieved elite status by playing 10,363 consecutive snaps and making 10 Pro Bowls in 10 seasons for the Browns. He is now officially a “legend”.

Thomas was inducted into the team’s Legends Club during the halftime ceremonies. He was honored with the late Darrel “Pete” Brewster, who played both tight end and defensive end for Cleveland from 1952 to 1958.

Thomas, who retired after the 2017 season, is eligible to be enshrined in the next class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

INJURIES

Jets: CB rookie Sauce Gardner left briefly in the third quarter with an apparent head injury. He was checked in the touchline medical tent and cleared to return. … DL Quinnen Williams injured his foot but returned.

Browns: Clowney came out with an injured right ankle in the third quarter and did not return. He appeared to roll his ankle while chasing Flacco. … TE Harrison Bryant left after a scary collision with LB Kwon Alexander in the fourth but came back. … RT Jack Conklin was inactive for the second week in a row. The former All-Pro underwent knee surgery in December.

NEXT

Jets: Continue their journey through the AFC North by hosting the Bengals on Sunday. New York begins its season against Baltimore, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

Browns: A short turnaround with a Thursday night home game against the Steelers.




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