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Cleveland Browns overcome history and adversity to win first playoff game for 25 years

January 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) reacts as he runs off the field after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 48-37 during an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Justin Berl)

The Cleveland Browns know all about hard knocks. The team hadn't won a playoff game since 1995 before Sunday. Their head coach was in isolation after testing positive for Covid-19.

However, led by superstars Baker Mayfield and Myles Garrett -- and helped by regular Steelers errors -- the Browns raced into a 28-0 first quarter lead, eventually winning 48-37 in the first round of the NFL playoffs.

And in his pre-game press conference, Steelers wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster referenced the Browns' painful history and that this year's team is no different than previous editions, saying: "The Browns is the Browns. "

But the Browns emphatically put those demons to bed and after scoring a touchdown on the first snap of the game after an errant snap sailed over Ben Roethlisberger's head, they raced into a 28-point lead, the biggest first-quarter lead in NFL playoff history.

Mayfield finished with 263 yards and three touchdowns in the first playoff game of his career as, despite the Steelers mounting a second-half comeback, the 25-year-old quarterback managed to steer the Browns to their historic win.

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