BEREA, Ohio — Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb took the blame for Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets, saying he should have gone down instead of scoring in the final two minutes.
Chubb’s 12-yard touchdown run with 1:55 to play put the Browns up 30-17. Rookie kicker Cade York then missed the extra point. But with the Jets already out of timeouts, the Browns could have knelt down and ended the game there had Chubb not scored.
Instead, the Jets became the first team in 21 years to overcome a 13-point deficit in the final two minutes of a game.
“Yeah, I probably shouldn’t have scored right there,” Chubb said Tuesday. “Honestly, looking back on it, it cost us the game. A lot of things went wrong, not just one thing. But collectively as a unit, as a team, we all could have done things differently. But it’s just a problem. because we didn’t win. So probably I should have gone down.”
The Jets then recovered the onside kick, and Flacco quickly drove New York down the field again, capped by a 15-yard touchdown pass to. Garrett Wilson to put the Jets up 31-30 with 22 seconds left.
“At the end of the day, I’ve been in that situation before and so I really can’t put it on anybody but myself at this point,” said Chubb, who rushed for 87 yards and three touchdowns against New York. “I think the biggest thing is that I was aware of what had happened and I thought the game was over, if I’m honest.”
Two years ago, Chubb stepped out of bounds at the 1-yard line after a 59-yard run in the final seconds against the Houston Texans. The Browns took a knee with the ball to secure the 10-7 win.
Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said he made a mistake not telling Chubb to go down again on Sunday.
“That’s something that it’s my responsibility to communicate to that crowd,” Stefanski said. “Putting yourself up maybe 14 points within two minutes, you should have closed that game out. Yeah, I wish I had told Nick that and Nick would have done it.
“But it doesn’t change the fact that we had a lot of chances to win that game.”