After the Browns scored a touchdown to cut the Jets lead to 14-12 on Thursday, Cleveland decided to go for two. They eventually converted the two points with QB Baker Mayfield catching a pass from WR Jarvis Landry in the Browns' knockoff version of the "Philly Special."
Well, that should have never happened in the first place. And the NFL admitted it to New York -- or did they?
The NFL reportedly apologized to the Jets for blowing a call that shouldn't have been made on the Browns' first attempt of the two-point conversion, according to the Daily News' Manish Mehta. However, a source told Pro Football Talk that the league did not informally apologize to the Jets.
In the initial play, CB Morris Claiborne was called for holding on WR Antonio Callaway, which the NFL admits now didn't deserve a flag. Mayfield was evetually sacked and the Browns were called for a holding penalty on top of it. But, with the offsetting holding calls, the play was reset and the Browns tied the game.
Though the Browns won by four and the two points wouldn't have mattered in the long run, it was a pivotal momentum shift in the game. The Jets would kick a field goal to regain the lead, but Mayfield was confident with his crowd behind him as he led a 75-yard touchdown drive that would be the eventual game-winner.