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WATCH: Browns enter first playoff game in 18 years with explosive start over Steelers

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Posted at 8:35 PM, Jan 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-10 20:55:25-05

PITTSBURGH — The Cleveland Browns started their first playoff game in 18 years with a wild start against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

In the first play of the Steelers' opening drive, center Maurkice Pouncey fumbled the ball, which was recovered by Browns safety Karl Joseph for a touchdown.

The unexpected play gave the Browns a very early 7-0 lead over the Steelers.

Watch the play below:

Then, when the Steelers got the ball back on the following drive, cornerback M.J. Stewart intercepted a pass from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, giving the Browns their second straight turnover, which led to a 40-yard touchdown pass from Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield to wide receiver Jarvis Landry.

Watch the plays below:

The Browns opened the game up 14-0 in the first few minutes of the first quarter, but they weren't done yet.

A six-play drive took the Browns back down the field and an 11-yard run from Kareem Hunt put the Browns in the end zone for the third time in the first quarter, giving the Browns a 21-0 lead.

The Browns continued the unbelievable start with another interception by safety Sheldrick Redwine which led to a fourth touchdown for the Browns on another run by Hunt.

The Browns set a record for most points scored in the first quarter of any playoff game in NFL history.

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BROWNS 2022 SCHEDULE

Preseason

  • Week 1 - Aug. 12 - 7 p.m. - Jacksonville Jaguars - (away)
  • Week 2 - Aug. 21 - 1 p.m. - Philadelphia Eagles - (home) - on News 5
  • Week 3 - Aug. 27 - 7 p.m. Chicago Bears - (home) - on News 5

Regular Season

  • Week 1 - Sept. 11 - 1 p.m. - Carolina Panthers (away)
  • Week 2 - Sept. 18 - 1 p.m. - New York Jets (home opener)
  • Week 3 - Sept. 22 - 8:15 p.m. - Pittsburgh Steelers (home)
  • Week 4 - Oct. 4 - 1 p.m. - Atlanta Falcons (away)
  • Week 5 - Oct. 9 - 1 p.m. - Los Angeles Chargers (home)
  • Week 6 - Oct. 16 - 1 p.m. - New England Patriots (home)
  • Week 7 - Oct. 23 - 1 p.m. - Baltimore Ravens (away)
  • Week 8 - Oct. 31 - 8:15 p.m. - Cincinnati Bengals (home)
  • Week 9 - Nov. 6 - Bye Week
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  • Week 14 - Dec. 11 - 1 p.m. - Cincinnati Bengals- (away)
  • Week 15 - TBA - Baltimore Ravens (home)
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  • Week 18 - TBA - Pittsburgh Steelers