Brawl spoils Cleveland Browns 21-7 Win Over Pittsburgh Steelers

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Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, left, gets ready to hit Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph, second from left, with a helmet during the second half of an NFL football game Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, in Cleveland. The Browns won 21-7. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

The Cleveland Browns beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 21-7 Thursday night at FirstEnergy Stadium. It’s the first time the Browns beat both the Steelers and Baltimore Ravens in the same since since returning to the NFL in 1999.

Baker Mayfield tallied three total touchdowns. Rookie tight end Stephen Carlson had an amazing touchdown catch to seal the victory. Nick Chubb surpasses 1,000 yards rushing. Joe Schobert played the best game of his career. The defense tallied four interceptions.

All of those positive things were thrown by the wasteside with eight seconds left in the game. Myles Garrett started a brawl when he took Mason Rudolph’s helmet off and then used it as a weapon by striking Rudilph in the head with it.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield called it inexcusable in a postgame interview with Fox Sports sideline reporter Erin Andrews. Mayfield reitterated those feelings in his postgame press conference.

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“Handle it like a man. Being apologetic,” Mayfield said. “Owning up to it. Learning from it. This is a physical, violent game. There are moments that if you do not keep your cool, bad things can happen. He knows that. I said it on the field after, it is inexcusable. He knows that. There is no other way around it. He is going to own up to it. He is going to handle it.”

A substancial suspension should be heading Garrett’s way. With the game taking place on a Thursday night, the entire country witnessed another black eye for a franchise that has no identity. Discipline has been an issue all season long for the Browns. The events at the end of the game tops the list.

“I thought it was cowardly and bush league,” Rudolph said. There is plenty of tape out there to watch. I haven’t seen it yet. I remember getting hit by a lot of people. There is plenty of tape out there to watch. I am not going to speak to what may have happened.”

“Of course, that’s not how we want to be at the end of the game,” Browns coach Freddie Kitchens said in his postgame interview. “That’s not who Myles wants to be. That’s not who we’re going to be. You have to be able to maintain your composure. At no time do we want anything to do with anything like that.

“I’m embarrassed. Myles is embarrassed. It’s not good. He understands what he did, and he understands it’s totally unacceptable, and we have to get through it.

“We’ve got 5 seconds to go in the game, the biggest game this team has won … beating Baltimore and Pittsburgh in the same year … there’s 52 other guys on the team, that hurt, and it’s going to hurt going forward. Myles understands what he did wrong.”

The NFL should decide the punishment for Garrett in the coming days. Larry Ogunjobi and Maurkice Pouncey were also ejected for their roles in the brawl.

The division rivals meet up again in 17 days at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Emotions could be running high on December 1.

Scott Piker is the Cleveland BrownsCleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage.com. So follow him on twitter @ScottPikerSport

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