BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns running back. Nick Chubb He took the blame for Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets, saying he should have gone down instead of scoring in the final two minutes.
Chubb’s 12-yard touchdown run put the Browns up 30-17 with 1:55 to play. Beginner kicker Cade York Then he missed an extra point. But with the Jets already in a timeout, the Browns could have ended the game on their knees without Chubb scoring.
Instead, the Jets became the first team in 21 years to overcome a 13-point deficit in the last two minutes.
“Yeah, I shouldn’t have scored there,” Chubb said Tuesday. “Honestly, looking back, it cost us the game. A lot of things went wrong, not just one thing. But as a team, as a unit, as a team, we all could have done something different. But that’s the only problem. Because we didn’t win. So I had to go down.
The Jets then recovered an onside kick, and Flacco hauled in a 15-yard touchdown pass to quickly bring New York down the field. Garrett Wilson to put the Jets up 31-30 with 22 seconds left.
“At the end of the day, I’ve been in this situation before and I can’t blame it on anybody but myself this time,” said Chubb, who rushed for 87 yards and three touchdowns against New York. “I think the biggest thing is that I knew what was going on and I thought it was game over, if it was true.”
Two years ago, Chubb went out of bounds at the 1-yard line after a 59-yard run in the final seconds against the Houston Texans. The Browns took a knee with the ball to secure a 10-7 win.
Browns coach Kevin Stefanki said he made a mistake not telling Chubb to come down again Sunday.
“It’s something I’m responsible for communicating with that hug,” Stefanski said. “You’ve got to score 14 points in two minutes and close the game. Yeah, I wish I could say that to Nick and Nick if they did that.
But it doesn’t change the fact that we had a lot of chances to win that game.