The Cleveland Browns suffered an historic loss on Sunday, as Baker Mayfield and company put together one of the best offensive performances in a losing effort in NFL history in a 47-42 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Browns were the first time in the Super Bowl era to score 40 points and not commit a turnover, and still lose the game, snapping a 401-game streak.
Cleveland gained 531 total yards, Mayfield threw for 305 yards and two touchdowns and Nick Chubb ran for 161 yards and a score as the Browns offense put up gaudy statistics all day.
But the Cleveland defense couldn’t stop Justin Herbert and Austin Ekeler. Herbert threw for 398 yards and four touchdowns and Ekeler scored twice in the game’s final 3:15 to give LA the lead and seal the victory.
“Give credit to the Chargers. They played a good game and We didn’t come through there in a couple spots,” head coach Kevin Stefanski said. “I’m sure there’s about a thousand reasons why. We’ve got to make sure we make the corrections from this game and move on.”
The Chargers improved to 4-1 and are tied with the Buffalo Bills for the top overall seed in the AFC. The Browns fell into a tie for second place with the Cincinnati Bengals at 3-2, a half-game behind the Baltimore Ravens (3-1), who will play the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football.
Despite their win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday, the Steelers remain in the AFC North basement at 2-3.