The city of Cleveland hosted Sunday Night Football for the first time in 11 seasons but couldn't complete a late-game comeback against the defending NFC Champion Rams (3-0), falling 20-13 at First Energy Stadium.
Baker Mayfield extended his streak of consecutive games with a TD pass to 16, the second-longest in NFL history to begin a career, connecting with TE Demetrius Harris in the 3rd quarter to give the Browns a 13-10 lead. Cleveland had led 6-3 at halftime with rookie Austin Seibert connecting on both of his field goal attempts (23 yds, 35 yds), but fell behind again, 17-13 early in the fourth quarter with Cooper Kupp catching his second TD of the game from Jared Goff.
The Rams then tacked on a Greg Zuerlein 37-yard field goal for a 20-13 advantage more than halfway through the final stanza, keeping the Browns offense in check until a Juston Burris interception with 2:46 left spurned momentum in favor of Cleveland.
Mayfield marched the Browns down to the Rams goal line where they were set up 1st and goal from the 4-yard-line. Three consecutive incomplete passes were followed by an interception in the end zone by safety John Johnson III with 27 seconds to play, ending the Browns chances as they fall to 0-2 at home this season.
Mayfield finished the night 18-36 for 195 yds, TD, Int, while Nick Chubb carried the ball 23 times for 96 yds, catching 3 passes for 30 yds. Odell Beckham Jr. caught 6 balls for 56 yds and Jarvis Landry had 3 rec for 62 yds.
At 1-2, Cleveland goes back on the road for Week 4 with a date in Baltimore with the 2-1 Ravens.