Cleveland is a team that has had potential for years but struggled to make the most of. The Browns traded and drafted and moved around all the right pieces to make this puzzle work. They open the 2021 season with a huge test against Kansas City.
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Date: Sept. 12, 2021
Time: 4:25 p.m. ET
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FINAL - Kansas City Chiefs beat Cleveland Browns 33-29
Patrick Mahomes is now 11-0 in his career in September, with 35 touchdowns and no interceptions. It's also the 10th double digit come from behind win in his career.
Mahomes ends the day 27/36 for 336 yards and three touchdowns, two to Travis Kelce, and one to Tyreek Hill who starts the 2021 season off with a bang. 11 catches and 197 yards in the win.
Baker Mayfield finishes 21/28, 321 yards, no touchdowns and an interception on the final drive of the game. Eight different Browns receivers caught passes.
7:27pm - Mayfield pressured, flings a pass towards his sideline and is intercepted by Mike Hughes ending the Browns 4th quarter threat.
Mahomes in to take a knee and put an end to the opener.
7:26pm - Donovan Peoples-Jones makes his first catch of the day on 3rd & 2 to keep the drive alive.
TWO MINUTE WARNING - Kansas City leads 33-29.
7:19pm - Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney sack Mahomes on 3rd & 10. Browns gonna have a shot to score a game winner on the road.
Cleveland ball, on their own 17 with 2:49 to play.
7:16pm - Third down execution for the Chiefs has been stellar today. Mahomes hits Hill for the 11th time today.
One more first down may seal this up.
Browns using timeouts to stop the bleeding. 3:41 left.
7:11pm - Schwartz makes a leaping effort to pull in a third down pass but is unable to bring it in, forcing a Browns punt.
This time the punt was successful.
Chiefs ball on their own 27, leading 33-29, 5:20 left.
7:05pm - Great stat from the CBS broadcast crew. With that 4th quarter touchdown, Kansas City has held a lead in 63 consecutive games.
7:04pm - Kelce gives Kansas City their first lead of the day. On 3rd & 3, Mahomes hit the veteran tight end on a quick hook route, who then turns it up field and into the end zone.
Chiefs tried for a two-point conversion to extend the lead but were turned away.
Kelce now has 6 catches for 76 yards and two scores.
KC now on top 33-29 with 7:04 left.
7:00pm - A sack by Chris Jones puts Cleveland behind the sticks, first three and out of the day, first punt of the day for Cleveland.
Except it wasn't. The punter Jamie Gillan bobbles the snap, and is dropped at the Browns 15 yard line.
KC ball looking for their first lead of the day.
6:54pm - Mahomes to Tyreek. Single coverage on a speedster is often a bad idea, and Mahomes on the run doing things you only see in video games. 75 yards on a one play drive for a touchown.
Hill has ten grabs for 183 yards and that score, cutting the lead back to a two point game.
Cleveland up 29-27, 10:10 to play in regulation.
6:49pm - Kareem Hunt gets into the endzone off the left edge from two yards out. Chase McLaughlin's extra point clips the inside of the left upright and its back to a two-score lead for Cleveland. 29-20 with 10:24 left in the 4th.
6:47pm - Baker + Njoku = YARDS. A gain of 30 on a completion to the Browns tight end, Mayfield's fourth completion of 30+ yards today.
6:46pm - WHEEEEE! Landry picks up the first down and glides through the air.
6:43pm - Patrick Mahomes achieved more NFL history. On his last completion to Edwards-Helaire in the third quarter, he passes Kurt Warner's record of most passing yards in their first 50 starts. Mahomes 14,372 yards came in only 47 career games.
END OF THE 3RD QUARTER: Cleveland has the ball, leading 22-20.
6:37pm - After a sack and a false start penalty, Mahomes misses a pass intended for Demarcus Robinson. Chiefs settle for a Butker 43-yard field goal. Browns leads 22-20, 32 seconds remaining in the third.
6:34pm - Third. Down. Conversion. Chiefs now 7 of 9 on third down as Mahomes flips a pass out to Clyde Edwards-Helaire for 14 yards, now 4-for-4 on third down in this quarter.
6:26pm - Browns going with a steady diet of the running game as Nick Chubb has two consecutive carries for 23 yards, but on his third carry of the drive coughs it up. Linebacker Ben Niemann recovers and KC starts near midfield looking to take the lead for the first time today.
6:21pm - Chiefs cap off an astonishing 14-play drive, covering 75 yards taking up half of the 3rd quarter on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Mahomes to Travis Kelce.
Butkers extra point cuts the Cleveland lead to 22-17 with 7:27 remaining in the quarter.
6:26pm - Another third down conversion, Mahomes scrambles away from pressure, rolls to his right, and picks up eight yards on 3rd & 7.
6:12pm - Chiefs convert on third down, pass to Tyreek Hill gets 6 yards and a first down, his 8th catch putting him over 100 receiving yards on the day.
It is Hill's first 100+ yard receiving day in the regular season since dropping 269 yards on Tampa Bay in Week 11 of 2020.
6:09pm - Second half underway in Kansas City. Chiefs to get the ball.
HALFTIME: Cleveland leads Kansas City 22-10.
Mayfield 13/17 and 231 yards, Mahomes equally efficient 15/20 for 169 yards.
5:55pm - Not a hail mary, Cleveland goes a quick throw to Landry, who races down to the KC 25 who lateralled back to Mayfield who took it to then 10, laterals to Kareem Hunt, but Kansas City stops the miracle from happening as the half expires.
5:53pm - After a holding penalty backed the Browns up ten yards, Mayfield is sacked by Chris Jones taking them well out of field goal range. 4th & 31, Browns with three seconds left gonna go for a hail mary?
5:49pm - With three timeouts in their back pocket, Cleveland takes its shot. Mayfield sets up in the pocket drilling David Njoku for a 43 yard gain to the Chiefs 21 yard line.
Timeout Cleveland, 49 seconds left in the second.
5:45pm - Kareem Hunt gets Cleveland out from under the shadow of their own goal posts with a 15-yard run out to the Browns 21.
Timeout due to Chiefs linebacker Anthony Hitchens exiting with an arm injury.
Cleveland with the ball, up 22-10 with 59 seconds left in the half.
5:40pm - Kansas City punts from the Browns 45, pinning it inside the one yard line.
Browns backed up, with 1:31 left in the half, Kansas City has all of their timeouts, so its possible the Chiefs could get the ball back.
5:38pm - Cleveland defensive line making its presence known. Flushing Mahomes out of the pocket on first down, then batting down a pass on second down.
KC in Browns territory with 1:54 left in the quarter.
5:35pm - TWO MINUTE WARNING: Tyreek Hill snags his 7th catch of the first half. Already with 96 yards receiving and 4 rushing, its Hill's first 100+ all purpose yard game since Week 14 last year against Miami.
5:33pm - Browns offensive lineman Jedrick Wills, earlier carted to the locker room with an ankle injury has been ruled out for the rest of the game.
5:30 - Three drives, three touchdowns for the Browns. Nick Chubb goes untouched off left tackle for an 18-yard scamper into the end zone.
6 plays, 81 yards. Cleveland up 22-10 with 2:55 left before the half.
5:28pm - Cleveland tries to get tricky. Mayfield tossed a throwback to Landry who was looking downfield for a bomb. Landry tucked it picking up nine yards, and a facemask added on penalty puts the Browns into the red zone.
5:26pm - That sound you hear is people adding Anthony Schwartz to their fantasy teams. The rookie out of Auburn has benefitted from OBJ being out today. Three catches for 69 yards and now a 17 yard run for a first down.
5:23pm - Four drives between the two teams, all have gone over 70 yards and have resulted in points and none have been shorter than six plays.
5:20pm - Evading pressure, Mahomes scrambles right and knifes his way into the endzone for a 5 yard touchdown run. Butkers extra point is good and we have a good one brewing at Arrowhead.
Browns on top 15-10, 6:30 left in the 2nd quarter.
5:18pm - Mahomes takes advantage of a free play due to Cleveland jumping offsides as he again completes a pass to Hill for 22 yards.
Next play, it's Kelce's turn to haul in a 19-yard catch giving them first and goal.
5:15pm - Mahomes hits Hill on 3rd & 7 , picking up 11 yards and a first down to midfield.
Tyreek already has four catches for 37 yards.
5:13pm - Jadeveon Clowney blows up an end around to Tyreek Hill for a loss of seven yards.
5:09pm - After review, Landry did get into the endzone and Cleveland expands their lead to double digits, scoring touchdowns on both of their possessions so far, now lead 15-3 with 13:28 remaining in the first half.
5:04pm - Browns go for it on 4th & 1 at the KC 6. Jarvis Landry takes a handoff from Mayfield, spins his way for the first down and is ruled down inside the 1.
The play is being reviewed as Cleveland believes Landry got in.
4:58pm - Mayfield goes deep on their first play of the possession to Anthony Schwartz for 44 yards to the Chiefs 31-yard line.
At the end of the first quarter, Cleveland leads 8-3.
4:54pm - Andy Reid overrules Mahomes, who wanted to go for it on 4th & 3 in the red zone, but Kansas City settles for a 28-yard Harrison Butker field goal. Browns still lead 8-3 with 1:55 left in a very fast moving first quarter.
Both teams scored on their opening drive of the season.
4:51pm - Holding wipes out a third down conversion on a completion to Travis Kelce that would have set up first and goal. KC faces 3rd & 16 from the Cleveland 24 yard line.
4:47pm - Referee Bill Vinovich states "after a discussion", Harrison has been flagged for his actions, and has been ejected.
4:45pm - After a play on the Chiefs sideline, a skirmish breaks out, Browns defensive back Ronnie Harrison, Jr. shoved a Kansas City assistant coach, and the CHIEFS sideline was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.
4:40pm - First look at the retooled offensive line for the Chiefs, lose two yards on the first play but then a bullet from Patrick Mahomes to Travis Kelce gets the drive going.
4:36pm - What a way to start the season on the road, 13 plays, 76 yards and an opening drive touchdown for Nick Chubb puts Cleveland on top 8-0. Cleveland went for two after a penalty instead of kicking the extra point.
4:34pm - After a drive with four first downs under their belts already, Cleveland goes for it on 4th down and get it as Mayfield finds Austin Hooper for the conversion and keep the drive alive.
4:25pm - Browns get the ball first as we are underway at Arrowhead.
Cleveland has not won a season opener since 2004, Baker is ready.
Cleveland Browns: Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. has been marked as inactive (Knee). Also inactive kicker Chris Naggar, safety Grant Delpit, linebacker Tony Fields II, tackle James Hudson III, guard Michael Dunn, and defensive tackle Tommy Togiai.
Kansas City Chiefs: Safety Tyrann Mathieu will be inactive today after COVID protocols, cornerback DeAndre Baker, defensive end Frank Clark, offensive lineman Austin Blythe, guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, wide receiver Daurice Fountain.