We never thought it would happen: The Cleveland Browns have a win under their belt.
The Browns’ 20-17 win over the Chargers improved their record to 1-14 and ensured that they wouldn’t join the 2008 Detroit Lions as the only teams to ever go 0-16 in a season.
Cleveland has had plenty of success this past year in other sports, with the Cavaliers winning the NBA title and the Indians nearly winning the World Series, and now the Browns are on the board. It makes some sense that they pulled out a win in one of the oddest ways a team can, thanks to poor clock management, a blocked field goal and a missed field goal. Appropriately, it was a complete and utter mess.
The Browns wouldn’t have it any other way.
Thing is, the Browns’ win could actually hurt them. Thanks to Cleveland’s victory, the San Francisco 49ers now have the top pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, assuming they lose their last two games. So yeah, the Browns can’t even lose properly. Still, most Cleveland fans are glad to see their team win. A win, to some, feels like a Super Bowl victory. They just want some small measure of success for their beloved Browns.
Despite the win Saturday, the Browns suffered a bit of a blow, losing Robert Griffin III due to a possible concussion. They will now play the Pittsburgh Steelers next week, and they will probably lose. But no one knows what will happen week in and week out in the NFL, as Saturday is just another example of how wonky it can all be.