Baker Mayfield got off to a rather dreadful start in Sunday’s game between the Cleveland Browns and the Arizona Cardinals. A pair of turnovers and a handful of overthrows from the fourth-year quarterback dug the Browns into an early hole.
But, Mayfield needed just one pass to get Cleveland back on the right track.
With three seconds remaining, the Browns dialed up a Hail Mary. After snapping the ball from his own 43-yard line, Mayfield danced around, evaded the pressure and uncorked a pass toward the end zone from the 37.
The throw was remarkable as it made it all the way to the opposite goal line, where Donovan Peoples-Jones leapt up and caught ball squarely in his chest as time expired. The 57-yard touchdown pulled Cleveland to within 23-14 at halftime.
Holy smokes. Baker Mayfield launches a Hail Mary and Donovan Peoples-Jones comes down with it! pic.twitter.com/EucELAu2lq
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) October 17, 2021
The throw from Mayfield was not only spectacular, but it was historic. Since Next Gen Stats started collecting info in 2016, Sunday’s Hail Mary for the Browns was the longest completed pass, having traveled 66.4 yards in the air.
Baker Mayfield’s Hail Mary 57-yard touchdown pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones traveled 66.4 yards in the air, the longest completed pass in the Next Gen Stats era (since 2016) by 2.0 yards.
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) October 17, 2021
The catch was Peoples-Jones’ second touchdown snag of the game and gave the Browns some momentum going into the halftime locker room. The completion also greatly improved Mayfield’s first half stat line and boosted his confidence for the final two quarters.
Cleveland still has a long way to go if it wants to hand Arizona its first loss of the year. The Browns are also trying to stop from falling to 3-3 through the first six weeks of the year.
The Cardinals currently lead 23-14 in the third quarter.
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