DENVER – The Cleveland Browns do not care the way it occurred, they only care that it did.
When Jabrill Peppers sacked Case Keenum on fourth down with the Broncos at midfield and down one, the visiting sideline erupted.
The Browns by some means had slogged by way of for a 17-16 win, their fourth in 5 video games.
And so they had by some means stored their flickering playoff hopes alive.
It was a wrestle — for each groups, but the Browns now hope for assistance on Sunday and level to Cincinnati in a house recreation on Dec. 23. The group is four-2 with Gregg Williams as interim coach and Freddie Kitchens as offensive coordinator.
The Browns acquired a fourth quarter landing cross from Baker Mayfield and a few massive runs from Nick Chubb as they beat the Broncos for the first time since 1990.
Mayfield was nowhere close to as efficient as he had been the earlier 4 video games, but when it mattered most he got here by way of. After a T.J. Carrie fourth quarter interception, Mayfield hit Jarvis Landry for 12, Rashard Higgins for 16, Landry for six after which discovered Antonio Callaway for the landing that offered the successful factors.
Denver would get a area objective to lower the lead to one, but Chubb broke a 40-yard run and the Browns have been in a position to preserve the ball till 1:49 remained.
Keenum acquired the Broncos to the 50, but a spike and two incomplete passes led to the fourth-and-10, when the Browns known as blitz and Peppers got here by way of up the center to finish the recreation.
Mayfield began robust, throwing a 31-yard landing cross to Breshad Perriman on the Browns first possession. He completed 18-for-31 for 188 yards, with two touchdowns, one interception and a misplaced fumble.
It wasn’t a spectacular effort.
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Nevertheless it was a successful effort, and a Browns group that had won 4 video games in the 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons mixed has won 4 of 5 to preserve the postseason in view. At 6-7-1, the Browns path 5 seven-win groups in the standings. If the Pittsburgh Steelers, Indianapolis Colts and Tennessee Titans all win Sunday, Cleveland could be eradicated from the race. But, still, at least for Saturday evening, the Browns are still alive.
That’s not a prediction many would have made when the Browns fell to 2-6-1 after Williams’ first recreation, and even earlier than the season.
But that’s the place the Browns are.
Imagine it or not.