The Browns last won a postseason game in the 1990s, were ravaged by Covid-19 and faced their bitter rivals on Sunday. So of course they strolled to victory

For almost the entire modern NFL era the Cleveland Browns have been synonymous with Very Bad Things: embarrassed fans covering their faces with paper bags, a litany of tragic quarterbacks, and a painful string of lost seasons.

Yet here we are in a pandemic full of oddities, including Cleveland’s transformation into a normal, respectable franchise. Helmed by first-year head coach Kevin Stefanski they went 11-5 in the regular season by not crumbling during the last second of games, by having a legitimate quarterback in Baker Mayfield who continues to evolve, and by instilling a cultural shift.

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