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Cincinnati 33, Cleveland 23
When: 1:00 PM ET, Sunday, December 29, 2019
Where: Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio
Temperature: 64°
Head Official: Adrian Hill
Attendance: 47759

Joe Mixon rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns and Andy Dalton passed for 190 yards and a score to lift the host Cincinnati Bengals to a 33-23 victory against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Cincinnati (2-14), which secured the top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft a week earlier, finished in fourth place in the AFC North for the second straight season but avoided the first one-victory season in franchise history. The Bengals also finished 2-14 in 2002.

The Browns' Nick Chubb ran 13 times for 41 yards to finish the season with 1,494 rushing yards, ending the game with NFL lead. But Tennessee's Derrick Henry, who played in the late afternoon, eclipsed 200 yards against Houston to take the title from Chubb.

Cleveland (6-10) raced to a 7-0 lead after its opening drive, capitalizing on a short field that stemmed from D'Ernest Johnson's 47-yard kickoff return to begin the game. Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, the first Cleveland signal-caller to start all 16 games behind center in 18 years, punctuated the drive with a 46-yard touchdown to Damion Ratley just 1:28 into the game.

Cincinnati responded with three touchdown drives and 20 straight points over the next quarter-plus. A Dalton scoring pass of 15 yards to C.J. Uzomah started the run before the Bengals twice visited the end zone on the ground, getting touchdown runs of 3 yards from Mixon and 5 yards from Dalton.

The Browns staged a rally of their own, however, cutting their halftime deficit to 20-16 on a 42-yard Austin Seibert field goal and a 56-yard TD pass from Mayfield to Jarvis Landry, after which the point-after attempt failed.

The Bengals pushed their lead to 30-16 with a 47-yard Bullock field goal early in the third quarter and a 2-yard Mixon TD run with 14:16 to go in the game. The Browns drew to within 30-23 on a 20-yard TD pass from Mayfield to Odell Beckham Jr. halfway through the quarter but came no closer.

Cleveland placed third in the division for the second straight season while finishing with double-digit losses for the 10th time in 12 seasons.

Mayfield was 12-of-27 passing for 279 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. He finished the season with 22 touchdown passes to become the first Cleveland quarterback to throw for at least 20 TDs in successive seasons since Brian Sipe accomplished the feat from 1978-80.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Rushing
Cleveland   Cincinnati
Nick Chubb Player Joe Mixon
13 Attempts 26
41 Yards 162
3.2 Avg Yards 6.2
0 Touchdowns 2
8 Long 41
Receiving
Cleveland   Cincinnati
Jarvis Landry Player Tyler Boyd
2 Receptions 5
82 Yards 59
41.0 Avg Yards 11.8
1 Touchdowns 0
56 Long 22
Team Stats Summary
 
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
Cleveland 313 74 239 3 1 1 1.0 0
Cincinnati 361 179 182 4 2 3 6.0 1