When Myles Garrett blew through the right guard and right tackle with six minutes left in the third quarter on Thursday night to strip sack Joe Burrow and set the Browns' offense up at the Bengals' 1-yard line, it was a game-changing moment.
It was also a moment in which the defense repaid the trust of head coach Kevin Stefanski and made up for not delivering in a similar situation just four days earlier.
Sunday in Baltimore, with the game still at 10-6 in the second quarter, Browns punter Jamie Gillan pinned the Ravens at their own 1-yard line. Baltimore proceeded to put together a 10-play, 99-yard drive resulting in a touchdown to go ahead 17-6.
“We have them pinned back, we get a three-and-out and we get the ball midfield,” Stefanski said after the game in Baltimore.
Fast forward to Thursday when the Browns, leading 21-13, had driven to the Bengals' 1-yard line and were stymied on their first three attempts to score. Instead of kicking a field goal to go up two scores, Stefanski elected to try one more time to get into the endzone.