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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 2021 SCHEDULE

Preseason

WEEK 1 · TBD· At Jacksonville Jaguars (TBD/News 5 Cleveland)
WEEK 2 · TBD · New York Giants (TBD/News 5 Cleveland)
WEEK 3 · Sun 8/29 · 8:00 PM at Atlanta Falcons (NBC)

Regular Season

WEEK 1 · Sun 9/12 · 4:25 PM EST at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)

WEEK 2 · Thu 9/19 · 1:00 PM EST Houston Texans (CBS)

WEEK 3 · Sun 9/26 · 1:00 PM EST Chicago Bears (FOX)

WEEK 4 · Sun 10/3 · 1:00 PM EST at Minnesota Vikings (CBS)

WEEK 5 · Sun 10/10 · 4:05 PM EST at Los Angeles Chargers (CBS)

WEEK 6 · Sun 10/17 · 4:05 PM EST Arizona Cardinals (FOX)

WEEK 7 · Thu 10/21 · 8:20 PM EST Denver Broncos (FOX/NFLN/AMZ)

WEEK 8 · Sun 10/31 · 1:00 PM EST Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)

WEEK 9 · Sun 11/7 · 1:00 PM EST at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)

WEEK 10 · Sun 11/14 · 1:00 PM EST at New England Patriots (CBS)

WEEK 11 · Sun 11/21 · 1:00 PM EST Detroit Lions (FOX)

WEEK 12 · Sun 11/28 · 8:20 PM EST at Baltimore Ravens (NBC)

WEEK 13 · BYE

WEEK 14 · Mon 12/12 · 1:00 PM EST Baltimore Ravens (CBS)

WEEK 15 · Dec. 18/19 · TBD Las Vegas Raiders (TBD)

WEEK 16 · Sat 12/25 · 4:30 PM at Green Bay Packers (FOX/NFLN/AMZ)

WEEK 17 · Mon 1/3 · 8:15 PM EST at Pittsburgh Steelers (ESPN)

WEEK 18 · Sun 1/9 · 1:00 PM EST Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)