Browns end playoff drought, still 'not satisfied'

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CLEVELAND — Long after the game had finally ended, fans hung around FirstEnergy Stadium, taking selfies and photos of one another with the field in the background. This was a moment they’d been waiting for since the 2002 season.

Sunday, the Browns finally ended the NFL’s longest playoff drought with a 24-22 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, catapulting Cleveland into the postseason for the first time in 17 seasons.

“I’m really just happy for our fans,” said first-year head coach Kevin Stefanski. “They deserve this. And we’re happy to deliver this to them.”

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The moment, however, didn’t come easily.

Pittsburgh’s Mason Rudolph tossed a touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster with 1:26 remaining to put the Steelers within two points of tying the score. Rudolph’s two-point attempt, however, sailed over the head of Chase Claypool.

Browns tight end Stephen Carlson then recovered Pittsburgh’s onside try, and quarterback Baker Mayfield dove for a first down to seal the win. Mayfield immediately jumped up and threw his fist with everything he had, before the crowd, restricted to 12,000 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, jumped around as “House of Pain” blared through the stadium speakers.

Mayfield, who

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