BERIA, Ohio — The Cleveland Browns, trailing Nick Chubb, blamed Sunday’s defeat on the New York Jets, saying they should have gone down instead of scoring in the final two minutes.
Chubb’s 12-yard touchdown put the Browns up 30-17 to play with 1:55. Rookie kicker Cade York again missed out on extra points. But had the Jets already run out of timeout, the Browns could take a knee and end the game had Chub not scored.
Instead, the Jets became the first team in 21 years to overcome a 13-point deficit in the final two minutes of the game.
“Yeah, I probably shouldn’t have scored there,” Chubb said on Tuesday. “Honestly, looking back at it, we paid the price for the game. A lot of things went wrong, not just one thing. But collectively as a unit, as a team, we all put things apart Could. But that’s only a problem. Because we didn’t win. So I probably should have gone down.”
After Chubb’s touchdown, the Jets responded on the second play of the ensuing drive. Quarterback Joe Flacco found Corey Davis wide of the edge for a 66-yard touchdown.
The Jets then retrieved the onside kick, and Flacco quickly ground New York again, shutting down Garrett Wilson with a 15-yard touchdown pass, giving the Jets 22 seconds to spare, 31-30. raised above.
“At the end of the day, I’ve been in that position before and so I can’t really put it on anyone else but myself at this point,” said Chub, who scored for 87 yards and three touchdowns against New York. ran. “I think the biggest thing is that I knew what was going on and thought the game was over, if I’m being honest.”
Two years ago, Chub stepped out of bounds at the 1-yard line after a 59-yard yard run in the final seconds against the Houston Texans. Brown took a knee with the ball to seal the 10-7 win.
Browns coach Kevin Stefansky said he made a mistake by not asking Chub to go down again on Sunday.
“It’s something that’s my responsibility to communicate that mess,” Stefansky said. “By putting yourself up 14 points within potentially two minutes, you should close that game. Yes, I wish I had said that to Nick and Nick.
“But that doesn’t change the fact that we had a lot of opportunities to win that game.”