Panthers’ Baker Mayfield reacts after loss to the Browns

Baker Mayfield’s debut as a Panther—against his former team the Browns—was surrounded with plenty of hype. The game lived up to the buildup, though: Mayfield’s Panthers came up short in a comeback effort, with the Browns pulling out a 26-24 victory thanks to a 58-yard field goal by Cade York with eight seconds to play.

The Panthers offense started off slowly, totaling just 13 yards in 19 plays across their first five drives. Carolina punted four times and Mayfield threw an interception during that span as Cleveland opened up a 14-0 lead.

The Browns led 20-7 after three quarters before the Panthers mounted a comeback, eventually taking a 24-23 lead with 1:13 left before York delivered the game-winning kick.

After the game, Mayfield spoke about the pre-game narratives surrounding his return to his old team.

“Everybody made this out to be the Super Bowl, but despite what everybody’s gonna make of this, there’s 16 more games,” Mayfield said. “The Super Bowl’s not until February, this is the beginning of September.”

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