CHARLOTTE, NC– Baker Mayfield didn’t get his vengeance versus the Cleveland Browns thanks in part to what Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey described as “ghastly” roughing the passer charge on protective end Brian Burns, however he came close.
After looking awful for practically 3 quarters, Mayfield led the Panthers to 17 fourth-quarter points and the lead prior to the Browns ruined his vengeance celebration with a 58-yard basket by novice kicker Cade York with 8 seconds left.
The game-winning drive was assisted by a roughing the passer charge on the very first play that provided Cleveland an initially down at its own 40. Head referee Brad Rogers stated the call was made since there was “forcible contact to the head and neck location. “
McCaffrey saw it in a different way.
” It was a ghastly call,” he stated.
The 26-24 loss left Mayfield 0-4 in NFL openers, consisting of 0-3 with the Browns.
” Everyone made this video game out to be the Super Bowl,” Mayfield stated. “However in spite of what everyone is going to make from this, there’s 16 more video games. The Super Bowl is not up until February.”
Mayfield took on much of the obligation for this loss since of a sluggish start by him and the offense. He was 10-for-19 for 101 backyards with 4 balls tipped at the line of skirmish, an interception and 2 sacks in the very first half. He likewise muffed a breeze in the shotgun.
He ended up with 5 tipped passes at the line, a pattern that started in Cleveland where his 44 passes batted down at the line from 2018-2021 were one of the most in the NFL.
” I need to do a much better task of discovering angles and windows to toss it, and we have actually got to get their by far,” Mayfield stated. “However this group combated. That’s why this is so frustrating.”
Mayfield’s just huge play in the half was a 50-yard conclusion to tight end Ian Thomas, who was broad open down the middle of the field.
It got so bad that he was booed for the very first time after being required to toss the ball away under pressure to end the fifth of his 7 belongings.
There were likewise boos as the Panthers left for the locker space at halftime down 17-7. It was so bad that Quincy Avery, the individual death coach for suspended Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson, tweeted: “That’s the Baker we understand and like.”
Mayfield lastly revealed a few of the energy the Panthers were searching for out of him late in the 3rd quarter and early into the 4th quarter with a goal drive he topped with a 7-yard scramble up the middle.
He then revealed a few of the feeling he has throughout his profession, knocking the ball into the cushioned arena wall after cutting the cause 20-14.
” He’s the supreme fighter,” offending guard Brady Christensen stated of Mayfield.
After a Cleveland basket, Mayfield tossed a 75-yard goal pass to Robbie Anderson to cut the cause 23-21 with 6:02 staying.
He then led Carolina to a consent basket with simply over one minute to play, setting the phase for York’s video game winner that left York commemorating and Mayfield dissatisfied.
” I typically state I do not commemorate kicks,” York stated. “That a person was a bit various.”
Mayfield ended up 16-for-27 for 235 backyards.
” I believed Baker stood in there and took all the bullets and provided the plays that provided us an opportunity to win,” Panthers coach Matt Rhule stated.
The Browns quit on Mayfield after the 2021 season in which he went 6-8 while coping an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. They traded for Watson throughout the offseason, triggering Mayfield to request for a trade from the group that made him the very first choice of the 2018 draft.
He underwent what Carolina called an “open” competitors with 2021 starter Sam Darnold for the beginning task, although league sources stated it was Mayfield’s task to lose all along. He was formally called the starter on Aug. 22.
He never ever made a huge offer about facing his previous group prior to Sunday, stating it’s a “great story” however he was concentrated on doing his task.
” Clearly, there’s a great deal of accessory there,” Mayfield stated of the Browns after being called the Panthers’ starter. “I’m not going to sit here and be a robotic and state it does not suggest anything. It will.”
However it wasn’t a psychological day in the sense previous so-called vengeance video games have actually been for Mayfield in the NFL and college.
” It’s constantly great to see familiar faces,” Mayfield stated. I would not put excessive into that. We didn’t complete, mainly since we didn’t begin quickly.”
It was all hugs and smiles for Mayfield prior to kickoff as he welcomed a lot of his previous colleagues, coaches and executives.
There were more hugs and less smiles after the video game.
” A great deal of anticipation,” Mayfield stated. “We’re going to flush this. We’re going to be much better from it.”
ESPN’s Jake Trotter added to this report.