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Playoff Watch 5.0: Browns officially eliminated

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The Cleveland Browns had been officially eliminated from the 2021 post-season after a number of key contests didn’t go their manner. This is despite Cleveland’s two remaining video games and had been the twelfth seed heading into this weekend’s video games. Only seven golf equipment make the playoffs.

The Browns finest methodology to make the post-season going into as we speak’s video games was to win the AFC North Division outright. But this meant the division-leading Bengals must lose each of their remaining matches in opposition to the Kansas City Chiefs after which the Browns within the finale at Cleveland.

Two different video games impacted the Browns playoff hopes and assisted their elimination.

This yr’s efforts was a lot extra devastating and might be considered as an entire disappointment. Cleveland went from Super Bowl contenders with a high-flying offense and improved protection to an anemic offense and never even getting a Wild Card spot with a number of video games to play.

Today is like Christmas Eve on the Island of Misfit Toys sitting across the camp hearth once they notice that Santa isn’t coming as soon as once more.

Bengals vs. Chiefs

The Chiefs had been up 21-7 and 28-14 within the second quarter and seemed to be on their technique to a convincing win. However, Bengals rookie receiver Ja’Marr Chase had a area day with 266 yards receiving on simply 11 receptions. QB Joe Burrow had his second consecutive sensational sport with 30 receptions on 39 makes an attempt for a whooping 446 yards with 4 landing passes with none interceptions within the 34-31 victory.

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Kansas City scored touchdowns on 4 of their first 5 drives whereas the Bengals started the sport with two punts.

The Bengals protection stiffened within the second half and the sport was a story of two groups on each sidelines. The Chiefs had points shifting the ball whereas Cincinnati fully eliminated speedster Tyreek Hill from the equation which restricted their offense.