Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield took the full blame after his team suffered a shock loss to the New York Jets and failed to clinch a playoff berth. Mayfield fumbled the ball three times against the Jets, including the two fumbles on the team's final two drives, as the Jets claimed a surprise 23-16 win to earn just their second victory of the season.
"Plain and simple, I have to hold on to the damn ball," Mayfield acknowledged after the game, per ESPN. "We had exactly what we needed to win this game. And I didn't do good enough. That's it." Mayfield finished the game 28-of-53 for 285 yards, three fumbles, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions.
The Browns needed a win and Mayfield failed to deliver for his team when it mattered. "Put it on me for not doing my job, for not playing at a high level like I should have, for not getting these guys going and finishing out this game," Mayfield added.
Mayfield hoping to bounce back against the Pittsburgh Steelers
The Browns still have a good chance of qualifying for the postseason as they will make the playoffs with a win over the Steelers this Sunday. Mayfield will be hoping to put on a good performance on his home field and make amends for the bad performance against the Jets.
"This one is going to sting for a day or two, but we have the Steelers to win and get in," Mayfield said. "So, I'm going to roll with these punches. Backs against the wall and we have to win to get in. You know what, this group fought today, but I didn't do enough.
I didn't play well enough for us to win. And that's it." The Kansas City Chiefs were on a verge of suffering a shock loss but they avoided the fate of the Browns. With 1:55 left to play in the game, the Chiefs scored a touchdown for a 17-14 win and the top seed crown of the AFC Conference.
The Chiefs now stand at 14-1, while the Falcons have a 4-11 record. "It's one of your goals when you go into the season,'' Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said after the edged out the Falcons to clinch the No.
1 seed in the AFC Conference. "If you look at the history of that bye week, usually it's a good thing for teams trying to make a championship run.' '