Chubb’s TD in OT gives Brissett, Browns 23-17 win over Bucs

Nov 26, 2022, 11:55 PM | Updated: Nov 27, 2022, 3:21 pm
Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) scores a touchdown in overtime of the team's NFL foot...

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) scores a touchdown in overtime of the team's NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Cleveland, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. The Browns won 23-17. (AP Photo/David Richard)

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              Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Rachaad White (29) is upended by Cleveland Browns cornerback Martin Emerson Jr. (23) during the second half of an NFL football game in Cleveland, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/David Richard)
            
              Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku (85) catches a pass from quarterback Jacoby Brissett for a touchdown during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Cleveland, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
            
              Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett celebrates sacking Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady during the second half of an NFL football game in Cleveland, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/David Richard)
            
              Cleveland Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) calls signals during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Cleveland, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/David Richard)
            
              Tampa Bay Buccaneers place kicker Ryan Succop (3) kicks a 42-yard field goal during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
            
              Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans (13) is knocked out of bounds after making a catch by Cleveland Browns cornerback Denzel Ward (21) during the second half of an NFL football game in Cleveland, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
            
              Tampa Bay Buccaneers place kicker Ryan Succop (3) kicks a 42-yard field goal during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/David Richard)
            
              Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt follows the blocking of offensive tackle Jack Conklin (78) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Cleveland, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/David Richard)
            
              Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Ko Kieft (41) celebrates his touchdown with Robert Hainsey during the second half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/David Richard)
            
              Cleveland Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) is helped up after being sacked by Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Keanu Neal (22) during the second half of an NFL football game in Cleveland, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/David Richard)
            
              Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Devin White (45) sacks Cleveland Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) during the second half of an NFL football game in Cleveland, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
            
              Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates a touchdown pass to wide receiver Chris Godwin (14) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/David Richard)
            
              Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
            
              Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb, left, carries the ball with Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Keanu Neal (22) on defense during the second half of an NFL football game in Cleveland, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/David Richard)
            
              Cleveland Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett (7) celebrates after handing the ball off to running back Nick Chubb, who scored in overtime of the team's NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Cleveland, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. The Browns won 23-17. (AP Photo/David Richard)
            
              Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) scores a touchdown in overtime of the team's NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Cleveland, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022. The Browns won 23-17. (AP Photo/David Richard)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Jacoby Brissett wasn’t seeking sympathy and he didn’t want any ceremonial sendoff.

After all, he’s not leaving.

The Browns gave him one anyway.

Nick Chubb scored on a 3-yard touchdown run with 19 seconds left in overtime and Cleveland rallied Sunday to stun Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23-17 in Brissett’s final start before Deshaun Watson returns from his 11-game suspension.

Afterward, the Browns gave Brissett a game ball before the popular 29-year-old channeled Brady, his former teammate in New England.

“I mean this in no disrespect,” Brissett said when asked how he felt after the comeback win. “But in the words of Tom Brady, that was (expletive) awesome. That was (expletive) awesome.”

Chubb powered through a pile of bodies at the goal line as the Browns (4-7) sent Brissett off with a win as they transition to Watson, who was banned by the NFL for sexual misconduct allegations. He’ll start next week in Houston, which traded him to Cleveland in March.

So this was a special one for Brissett, who has been invaluable to the Browns during another turbulent season.

“I’m obviously grateful for this opportunity and grateful for those men in that room,” said Brissett, who also threw a key block on receiver Anthony Schwartz’s 31-yard TD run. “This was a great game to kind of end it on, but we have to stack them.”

Chubb’s short TD was set up when Brissett c onnected on a 45-yard pass to wide receiver Amari Cooper, who found himself wide open when Bucs cornerback Carlton Davis III slipped and fell near midfield.

The Browns forced OT on tight end David Njoku’s remarkable, one-handed TD catch with 32 seconds left in regulation. Njoku extended his left arm to haul in Brissett’s 12-yard scoring strike in the back of the end zone.

“I threw it, and I thought I threw it too high and I was about to start crying,” Brissett said. “I saw him pull it down, and I was like, ‘I could have ran up and kissed him.’ Clearly I didn’t.”

Brady threw two touchdown passes, but couldn’t get anything going in the 10-minute OT as the Bucs (5-6) were unable to keep their momentum going following a bye.

“Seventeen points isn’t going to do it,” Brady said. “It’s been the same thing all year. We’re not scoring enough points. Every play is an individual win or loss, and we’re losing too many. There were too many plays where we were not on the right page, and we’ve got to correct that.”

Led by All-Pro end Myles Garrett, who had 1 1/2 sacks, the Browns held Tampa Bay without a point on its final seven possessions.

Garrett played the final minutes of regulation and OT in extreme pain after aggravating a shoulder injury sustained in a car crash.

“It hurt really bad,” said Garrett, who intends to put off surgery until after the season. “I thought I had broken something.”

Brady completed 29 of 43 passes for 246 yards and was sacked three times.

Brissett went 23 of 37 for 210 yards with one TD and an interception. Chubb finished with 116 yards on 26 carries.

Brady opened the second half by completing his first six passes, including a 28-yarder to Mike Evans, who became the first Tampa Bay player to reach 10,000 yards receiving.

The Buccaneers took a 17-10 lead when Brady connected with rookie Ko Kieft on a 5-yard scoring pass. It was the 638th TD pass for Brady, and No. 1 for Kieft, who is listed as the team’s fourth-string tight end.

LITTLE STINKER

Stadium security personnel caught a skunk that was on the loose inside FirstEnergy Stadium during the game.

The critter was searching for food and hid under a step in the lower bowl section above the tunnel leading to Cleveland’s locker room. The skunk was trapped with a box and released unharmed.

LAWN JOB

Large circular rings of tire tracks were still visible on Cleveland’s field after an intruder broke into the stadium earlier in the week and drove a vehicle on the turf.

The unknown suspect, who broke into the stadium on Monday night, caused superficial damage and divots.

Police are investigating the incident, which forced the stadium’s maintenance crew to make repairs to get the surface game ready.

INJURIES

Buccaneers: RT Tristan Wirfs was carted off the field in OT after sustaining an apparent serious leg injury. He favored the leg while walking in the locker room. “You hope it’s not as bad as it looks,” coach Todd Bowles said.

Browns: CB A.J. Green (head) left the field after making a low tackle late in the first quarter. An official noticed Green staggering and escorted him off.

UP NEXT

Buccaneers: Host New Orleans on Dec. 5.

Browns: Watson plays his first game in 700 days against the Texans, who drafted him in 2017.

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