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Cleveland Browns send Carolina Panthers to fifth consecutive loss: Game recap, score, stats


The Carolina Panthers have lost four consecutive games. The Browns lost to the Houston Texans in Week 13.
The Carolina Panthers have lost four consecutive games. The Browns lost to the Houston Texans in Week 13.  Bob Leverone/AP

The Cleveland Browns defeated the Carolina Panthers 26-20 Sunday, sending the Panthers to their fifth straight loss.
The Cleveland Browns defeated the Carolina Panthers 26-20 Sunday, sending the Panthers to their fifth straight loss.

Associated Press

Baker Mayfield outplayed Cam Newton, Jarvis Landry caught a touchdown pass and ran for another score and the Cleveland Brown damaged Carolina Panthers playoff hopes with a 26-20 win Sunday, sending the Panthers to their fifth straight.

Mayfield bravely threw a 51-yard TD pass into traffic to Landry, who had a 3-yard scoring run and added a long run – on a similar call – early in the fourth quarter to set up a go-ahead touchdown.

Playing the spoiler role down the stretch, the Browns (5-7-1) improved to 3-2 under interim coach Gregg Williams, who needed just five games to match former Browns coach Hue Jackson’s win total over two-plus seasons.

The Panthers (6-7) suffered a loss that could haunt them for months and will increase the heat on coach Ron Rivera.

Newton passed for 265 yards, but overthrew Jarius Wright on 4th-and-goal at the 3 with 2:35 left. Carolina got the ball back, but Newton, who has been playing with a sore right shoulder, badly missed Devin Funchess and was intercepted by Damarious Randall with 57 seconds left.

Before taking a knee on the final two plays, Mayfield revved up Cleveland’s crowd, who counted down the final seconds.

PREVIEW

The Carolina Panthers are in a free fall, losers of four consecutive games. The Panthers are in grave danger of missing the playoffs, and speculation about the future of coach Ron Rivera has increased as they prepare to face the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET on FOX, DirecTV or try FuboTV (free trial).

You can also watch the live stream of the game on foxsportsgo.com, verizonwireless. playstation vue, AppleTV, or SlingTV.

The Panthers (6-6) find themselves a game out of the second wild card playoff spot and Rivera fired his defensive line coach Brady Hoke and special teams coordinator Joe Imamura after the Panthers 24-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 13. The Panthers have a new owner, David Tepper, and he didn’t hire Rivera, but there is speculation Rivera was pressured to make the changes. Quarterback Cam Newton, who is dealing with some type of right (throwing) shoulder injury, said he plans to play Sunday.

The Browns (4-7-1) have clearly played better under interim coach Gregg Williams. They are 2-2 under Williams, with the losses coming to Kansas City and the Houston Texans, two division-leading teams with a combined record of 19-5.

You can get the latest score and stats from the game in the box score provided above and here’s everything you need to know in order to watch the Panthers vs. Browns game:

What: Carolina Panthers vs Cleveland Browns

When: Sunday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET

Where: FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, OH

TV: FOX, DirecTV

Watch online: You can watch the live stream of the game on foxsportsgo.com, verizonwireless.com, playstation vue, AppleTV, SlingTV or FuboTV (free trial).

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–Geoffrey C. Arnold | @geoffreyCarnold

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