NFL Divisional Playoffs Preview: Cleveland Browns challenge the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs today at 3:05 pm

CLEVELAND BROWNS (12-5)
AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (14-2)

DIVISIONAL // SUNDAY, JAN. 17, 2021 // 3:05 PM ET // ARROWHEAD STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN

ON THE AIRWAVES:

TV: CBS, CBS All Access, ESPN Deportes (3:05 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter)
NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Trent Green
SIRIUS: 82 (Cle), 83 (KC) | XM: 226 (Cle), 225 (KC), 88 (National)

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY

LEADER: Chiefs lead all-time series, 13-11-2
STREAKS: Chiefs have won 4 of past 5
LAST GAME: 11/4/18: Chiefs 37 at Browns 21
LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/27/15: Chiefs 17, Browns 13

PLAYOFF SERIES HISTORY

First meeting in postseason

CLEVELAND BROWNS LEADERS

12-20 PLAYOFF RECORD

4: 1950, 1954, 1955, 1964 CHAMPIONSHIPS

W 48-37 at Pittsburgh (1/10/21) LAST POSTSEASON GAME

1-4 (Bal 0-2, Hou 1-0, LV 0-1, NYJ 0-1) VS. COMMON OPP.

25.5/26.2 PTS. FOR/AGAINST

369.9 OFFENSE

Baker Mayfield: 305-486-3563-26-8-95.9 PASSING

Nick Chubb: 190-1067-5.6-12 RUSHING

Jarvis Landry: 72-840-11.7-3 RECEIVING

358.4 DEFENSE

Myles Garrett: 12 SACKS

Many tied: 2 INTS

+5 (21/16) TAKE/GIVE

Donovan Peoples-Jones (R): 4.3 PR

Donovan Peoples-Jones (R): 21.1 KR

Jamie Gillan: 44.0 (38.3) PUNTING (NET)

Cody Parkey: 100 (43/47 PAT; 19/22 FG) KICKING

HEAD COACHES

KEVIN STEFANSKI

0-0 VS. OPPONENT

1-0 PLAYOFF RECORD

BROWNS TEAM NOTES

• BROWNS earned postseason berth for 1st time since 2002 &
last week won 1st playoff game since 1994 season.
• KEVIN STEFANSKI makes postseason debut as HC.
• CLEVELAND had 3 players named to 2021 Pro Bowl roster: G
JOEL BITONIO, RB NICK CHUBB & DE MYLES GARRETT.
• BROWNS OFFENSE ranked 3rd in NFL with 148.4 rush yards per
game in 2020, most by Cle. since 1978 (155.5).
• BROWNS DEFENSE ranked tied-6th in AFC with 38 sacks, 3rdconsecutive season with 35+ sacks.

• QB BAKER MAYFIELD passed for 263 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs
for 115.2 rating last week in postseason debut. Passed for 297
yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 95 rating in last meeting. Aims for 5th
in row with 0 INTs, incl. postseason. Has 16 TD vs. INT for 116.8
rating in his past 6 on road, incl. postseason. Passed for 3,563
yards & 26 TDs vs. 8 INTs for career-high 95.9 rating in 2020.
• RB NICK CHUBB led team with 145 scrimmage yards (76 rush,
69 rec.) & had TD catch last week. Rushed for 85 yards & TD
in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage
yards, incl. postseason. Has rush TD in 6 of his past 7. Rushed
for 1,067 yards & career-high 12 TDs in 2020. RB KAREEM HUNT
rushed for 48 yards & 2 TDs last week. Aims for his 3rd in row
in postseason with rush TD. Had 2,984 scrimmage yards & 25
TDs (15 rush, 10 rec.) in 2 seasons with KC (2017-18). Chubb (1,217)
& Hunt (1,145) were only pair of RB teammates each w/ 1,000+
scrimmage yards in 2020.
• WR JARVIS LANDRY had 5 catches for team-high 92 rec. yards
& TD in Wild Card round. Aims for his 3rd in row in postseason
with 90+ rec. yards. Aims for 5th in row on road with TD catch,
incl.postseason. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. KC with 5+ catches &
50+ rec. yards. TE AUSTIN HOOPER had 7 catches for 46 yards
& TD last week & has rec. TD in 3 of past 4, incl. postseason.
• DE MYLES GARRETT had sack in last meeting. Has 0.5+ sacks in
6 of his past 7 on road, incl. postseason. Led team with 12 sacks
in 2020. LB B.J. GOODSON led team with 10 tackles last week.
Led team with career-high 91 tackles in 2020. CB TERRANCE
MITCHELL had 1st INT of season last week. Aims for 5th in row
with PD, incl. postseason. S KARL JOSEPH had TFL & FR-TD in
Wild Card round, 1st-career TD.

PLAYERS WITH
SINCE 2018
AARON DONALD (LAR)
46.5 SACKS
T.J. WATT (PIT)
42.5 SACKS
MYLES GARRETT (CLE)
35.5 SACKS

Myles Garrett 2018 photo by By Erik Drost – Myles Garrett, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS LEADERS

PLAYOFF RECORD 13-19

CHAMPIONSHIPS 3: 1962, 1969 (IV), 2019 (LIV)

LAST POSTSEASON GAME W 31-20 vs. San Francisco (2/2/20)

VS. COMMON OPP. 4-1 (Bal 1-0, Hou 1-0, LV 1-1, NYJ 1-0)

PTS. FOR/AGAINST 29.6/22.6

OFFENSE 415.8 (1L)

PASSING Patrick Mahomes: 390-588-4740-38-6-108.2

RUSHING Clyde Edwards-Helaire (R): 181-803-4.4-4

RECEIVING Travis Kelce (TE): 105-1416-13.5-11

DEFENSE 358.3

SACKS Chris Jones: 7.5

INTS Tyrann Mathieu: 6

TAKE/GIVE +6 (22/16)

PR Mecole Hardman: 7.0

KR Byron Pringle: 32.4

PUNTING (NET) Tommy Townsend (R): 45.0 (40.4)

KICKING Harrison Butker: 123 (48/54 PAT; 25/27 FG)

HEAD COACHES

ANDY REID

VS. OPPONENT 7-0

PLAYOFF RECORD 15-14

CHIEFS TEAM NOTES

• CHIEFS won AFC West for 5th consecutive season and won 14
games for 1st time in franchise history.
• ANDY REID makes 16th career postseason appearance. Led KC
to SB LIV championship in 2019.
• KANSAS CITY tied league-high with 7 players named to 2021
Pro Bowl roster: DE FRANK CLARK, T ERIC FISHER, WR TYREEK
HILL, DT CHRIS JONES, TE TRAVIS KELCE, QB PATRICK MAHOMES
& S TYRANN MATHIEU.
• CHIEFS led NFL in total offense in 2020 (415.8 yards per game).

• QB PATRICK MAHOMES ranked 2nd in NFL with 4,740 pass yards,
ranked 3rd with 108.2 rating & ranked 4th with 38 TD passes
in 2020, becoming 3rd player in NFL history with 4,000+ pass
yards in 3 of 1st 4 seasons. Has 13 TDs (11 pass, 2 rush) vs. 0 INTs
for 115 rating in 4 career postseason starts at home. Aims for
his 5th in row in postseason with 2+ TD passes. Passed for 375
yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 129 rating in last meeting.
• RB CLYDE EDWARDS-HELAIRE ranked 4th among rookies with
1,100 scrimmage yards & 803 rush yards in 2020, both 3rdmost by rookie in franchise history. RB LE’VEON BELL has 515
scrimmage yards (128.8 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in 4
career postseason games. Has 95+ scrimmage yards in 6 of 7
career games vs. Cle.
• WR TYREEK HILL ranked 2nd among WRs with career-high 17
TDs (15 rec., 2 rush) in 2020. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3. Aims
for his 3rd in row in postseason with 5+ catches & 60+ rec.
yards. Had 4 catches for 69 yards in last meeting. WR SAMMY
WATKINS aims for his 5th in row in postseason with 75+ rec.
yards. TE TRAVIS KELCE ranked 2nd in NFL with 1,416 rec. yards
in 2020, most by TE in single season in NFL history. Aims for his
5th in row with rec. TD & 9th in row with 7+ catches & 60+ rec.
yards. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Cle. with 6+ catches & rec. TD.
Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 3 in postseason.
• S TYRANN MATHIEU led team with career-high 6 INTs in 2020.
Has PD in 2 of his past 3 in postseason. Aims for his 3rd in
row vs. Cle. with PD. DT CHRIS JONES led team with 7.5 sacks
in 2020. Has 7 PD in his past 4 in postseason. Had sack in last
meeting. DE FRANK CLARK had 6 sacks in 2020 & has sack in 2
of past 3. Aims for his 6th in row in postseason with sack.

QUARTERBACKS WITH THE MOST
TOUCHDOWN PASSES SINCE 2018
RUSSELL WILSON (SEA)
106 TOUCHDOWN PASSES
AARON RODGERS (GB)
99 TOUCHDOWN PASSES

Patrick Mahomes in a game against the Tennessee Titans 2019 photo By Tennessee Titans, CC BY 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org
Site of today’s game. Arrowhead Stadium 08-31-2013 aerial view with Royals Stadium next door By Ichabod – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

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