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- The Cleveland Browns finished the season in depressing fashion on Sunday, becoming just the second team in NFL history to finish the year winless.
- The Browns had a shot at a potential game-winning touchdown in the game’s final minute, but wide receiver Corey Coleman dropped an easy pass on fourth down.
- Cleveland fans have taken the tough year in stride, and are even planning a parade to commemorate the awful season.
The Cleveland Browns finished their season how only they could – with yet another heartbreaking loss in the final seconds.
The Browns were down, 28-24, and driving late in the fourth quarter for what could have been a game-winning touchdown. They faced a short fourth down to keep their drive alive for their first win of the season.
DeShone Kizer dropped back and looked to Corey Coleman. As soon as the ball left Kizer’s hand, it looked like a sure first down, but the ball fell right through Coleman’s fingers, hitting him in the shoulders, and falling incomplete. The error secured the Browns’ 0-16 season, just the second in NFL history.
The Cleveland Browns finishseason 0-16, the 2nd in NFL history
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) December 31, 2017
It was a fitting cap to Cleveland’s depressing season. Week after week the Browns found new ways to lose and will now go down in history as just the second team to go winless in a 16-game NFL season.
The team’s Twitter account did its best to make light of the depressing finale.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 31, 2017
And across the sporting world, many were quick to make jokes at the Browns’ expense.
THE BROWNS HAVE DONE IT. pic.twitter.com/c7ajsdXHyR
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) December 31, 2017
THEY DID IT! THE BROWNS COMPLETE THE PERFECT SEASON! SEE YOU AT THE PARADE! ???? pic.twitter.com/OmogeImPkY
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) December 31, 2017
The loss drops Hue Jackson to 1-31 at the helm of the Browns – far from the mark he hoped to hit this year. Still, Browns fans have taken the loss in stride, and have been planning a parade for their eventual 0-16 season for some time now.
Cleveland will get the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and will hope to turn their fortunes around with a new franchise player. But with their horrifying history with draft picks, there’s concern that some players might refuse to join the team.
Best of luck to the Browns in the new year – statistically, there is literally no way it could be worse than 2017.