New York Jets rally from late two-score deficit to shock Cleveland Browns
CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns were on their way to 2-0. That is, until they weren't.
The Browns held a 13-point lead with 1:55 left in Sunday's home opener against the New York Jets. Just over 90 seconds later, Jets QB Joe Flacco hit Garrett Wilson for a 15-yard touchdown pass and Greg Zuerlein added the go-ahead point-after kick to give the Jets a 31-30 lead they wouldn't relinquish.
The Jets scored 14 points in the final 1:22 of the game. Safety Ashtyn Davis intercepted a pass from Browns QB Jacoby Brissett with 6 seconds left to seal the game.
Nick Chubb's 12-yard TD run with 1:55 remaining gave the Browns a 30-17 lead. Cade York, last week's hero, missed the point-after kick, which proved fatal.
That run, though, only gave the Browns a momentary chance to breathe. The Jets answered with a 66-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Corey Davis with 1:22 remaining when cornerback Denzel Ward and safety Grant Delpit seemed to botch the coverage.
The Jets then recovered the onside kick at their own 47 and marched down the field for the game-winner on a third-and-10 play.
Brissett sharp, but sustains injury scare
If Browns fans had questions about Brissett's passing after the season opener, the quarterback made it a point to quiet some of those with the way he started his first home game of the regular season. Brissett completed his first eight passes, and 10 of 11 first-half passes.
The only incompletion of the half almost was a touchdown. Brissett threw a 6-yard fade to Donovan Peoples-Jones that the tightly-covered receiver grabbed as he was falling out of bounds on the right sideline.
The officials initially ruled it a touchdown. However, after a replay review, it was ruled Peoples-Jones wasn't able to control the ball to the ground while getting his feet inbounds.
Brissett made sure it counted on the next play, hitting Amari Cooper for a 6-yard touchdown and a 14-7 lead with 8:17 left in the first half.
Brissett, though, sustained what appeared to be a knee injury on a sack with just under five minutes remaining. He did come back on the next series.
Brissett completed 22-of-29 passes for 229 yards and a touchdown and the game-sealing interception.
Cooper gets into mix in home debut
There was a lot of conversation about how involved in the offensive game plan Cooper was in the opener. It took until the second drive of his first home game for him to get his first target, but he got it rolling then.
Brissett found Cooper four times on that drive for 48 yards, including the 6-yard touchdown pass.
Cooper finished with nine catches for 101 yards in the game.
Impressive variety on Browns' first offensive drive
The Browns marched right down the field the first time they got the ball, going 90 yards on 14 plays to take a 7-0 lead on Chubb's 4-yard run. To do it, they did a good job of mixing not just personnel, but play calls.
It started with back-to-back catches by tight end Harrison Bryant. That was two of the four passes that ended up in tight end hands. David Njoku also had two catches on the drive.
The tight end was a big piece of the personnel groupings as well. The Browns went to 13 personnel — one back, three tight ends — on multiple plays, either by bringing in Jesse James as the third tight end or making Michael Dunn a tackle eligible.
Bryant left the game in the fourth quarter after suffering an apparent concussion on a block.
Jadeveon Clowney takes it away
The Jets were threatening with less than four minutes left in the first half and the Browns ahead 14-7. That's when Jadeveon Clowney made his presence known.
On third-and-8 from the Cleveland 12, Clowney came off the right edge and knocked the ball out of Flacco's hand. Almost in the same motion, Clowney fell on the loose ball at the Browns 21 for the strip-sack fumble recovery.
Clowney left the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury.
Wilson gets the best of Martin Emerson Jr.
The Jets' first touchdown involved a little rookie-on-rookie crime. The Jets' Wilson, the No. 10 overall pick in April's draft out of Ohio State, beat Browns third-round pick Martin Emerson Jr. for a 2-yard touchdown.
Wilson beat Emerson off the snap and ran a simple fade route to catch the scoring pass. It tied the score at 7-7 with 13:06 remaining in the second quarter.
Wilson finished with eight catches for 102 yards.
Chubb finally cracks Jets' run defense
The first three quarters were tough sledding for Chubb. The Browns star running back had just 37 rushing yards on 11 carries through 45 minutes.
Chubb changed that on the Browns' first fourth-quarter possession. He ran it four times for 41 yards, plus a 15-yard screen pass, as he helped give the Browns a 24-17 lead with 9:21 remaining.
Chubb capped the drive with a 7-yard run in which he ran to the right, made a slight cut to the left and then powered his way over the goal line for the score.
Chubb finished with 87 yards on 17 carries and three touchdowns.