Cleveland was 2-2 coming off of their bye week and the uncertainty of what the season was going to be was at an all-time high.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson was injured in Cleveland’s Week 3 victory over the Tennessee Titans and wasn’t able to suit up to face the 5-0 San Francisco 49ers in Week 6, as the Browns entered the day as a pretty heft underdog.
The afternoon started with a scuffle between the two teams at midfield that may saw 49ers wideout Deebo Samuel at the center of it.
Cleveland made a statement in that moment, showing that they were ready for the challenge, but was it even going to matter?
San Francisco received the opening kickoff and went 84 yards five plays capped off by a Christian McCaffery 13-yard touchdown catch.
Cleveland got the ball for their first time and PJ Walker threw an interception to Fred Warner that hit him in between the five and four on his jersey.
The route was on and Cleveland was in for a long afternoon, or so it felt.
The Browns’ defense had other thoughts as they started to settle into the game. For the first time in Brock Purdy’s young career, he looked really uncomfortable and not understanding what he was seeing.
Each team traded missed field goals until midway through the second quarter Jake Moody split the uprights giving the 49ers a 10-0 lead.