Mayfield did just that, leading the Browns on a field goal drive in the final two minutes of the half.
In the second half, Mayfield showed even more promise.
It took almost two years, but the Browns, led by rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield, got their first victory in 635 days Thursday night. If anything, he was able to rush for 22 yards on four carries, but it was clear then that the Browns were not going to win the game if Taylor can't turn things around in the pocket.
Yet Browns coach Hue Jackson refused to commit to starting Mayfield next week against the Oakland Raiders. The No. 1 overall pick hit Jarvis Landry over the middle for a first down. Jackson could also be faced with a hard choice - either stick with Mayfield or go back to Taylor when he's healthy.
In the 1:19 that he was on the field in the second quarter, Mayfield led the Browns on their only scoring drive of the first half.
Taylor's injury, however, later turned into a blessing in disguise for the Browns.
Hyde's 1-yard TD run pulled the Browns within 14-12 and Cleveland tied it with a trick 2-point play.
The Jets rookie quarterback, Sam Darnold, who Clevleand passed on in the draft for Mayfield, had one last chance to win with 11 seconds left in regulation, but ended up throwing an interception. He finished 15-of-31 for 169 yards and zero touchdowns.
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