Browns intercept Mason Rudolph four times in 21-7 win over Steelers marred by melee, ejections

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The Cleveland Browns intercepted quarterback Mason Rudolph four times and Baker Mayfield passed for two touchdowns and ran for another to lift the Browns to a 21-7 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.

What the game lacked in execution it more than made up for with carnage. Both teams were hit hard with injuries throughout the night as James Connor, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson, Morgan Burnett, Olasunkanmi Adeniyi and Artie Burns were all knocked out of the game with injuries. Smith-Schuster and Johnson were both concussed in hits by Browns defenders. The hit to Johnson by Damarious Randall led to an ejection as well.

Then on one of the last snaps of the game, Myles Garrett was ejected from the game after ripping Rudolph’s helmet off and then swinging it and connecting with Rudolph’s skull as part of a melee that sullied the final moments. Steelers players came rushing to Rudolph’s defense and center Maurkice Pouncey took to kicking Garrett at the bottom of the pile. Browns defensive end Larry Ogunjobi also knocked Rudolph to the ground as well as benches cleared.

Rudolph had seemingly taken offense to Garrett pulling him to the turf long after he had gotten rid of the ball and began shoving Garrett on the ground when Garrett grabbed and removed Rudolph’s helmet as the two got to their feet. Rudolph then went to confront Garrett as David DeCastro tried to push Garrett away when the Browns defensive end drilled Rudolph in the head with his own helmet. Pouncey then came jumping in throwing punches at Garrett as he and DeCastro tumbled to the ground and Pouncey continued kicking Garrett.

Garrett, Ogunjobi and Pouncey were all three ejected from the game with eight seconds remaining. Fines and suspensions will almost certainly be coming against the trio.

Mayfield completed 17 of 32 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns passing and a rushing touchdown, and Nick Chubb added 92 yards on 27 carries to carry the Browns offense.

Meanwhile, Rudolph struggled with three of his top offensive weapons sidelined. He finished the contest 23 of 44 for 221 yards with a touchdown and the four interceptions.

Mayfield score on a 1-yard touchdown run on the opening drive to give Cleveland an early lead after a 43-yard strike to Odell Beckham Jr. came up just shy of the end zone. Mayfield would connect with Jarvis Landry for a 1-yard touchdown that pushed the lead to 14-0 in the second quarter.

Austin Seibert missed a pair of field goal attempts for Cleveland and Chris Boswell missed one for Pittsburgh as well.

Jaylyn Samuels would score on a 3-yard pass from Rudolph in the third quarter to make it a one-score game, but Rudolph’s interceptions thwarted any chances of a comeback late. Joe Schobert‘s second pick of Rudolph set up an 8-yard touchdown pass from Mayfield to Stephen Carlson with 5:25 remaining. Juston Burris would pick off Rudolph on the next Pittsburgh drive to wrap up the win for Cleveland.

Burnett intercepted Rudolph as well before an Achilles injury knocked him out of the game.

It’s the first time the Browns have beaten the Steelers and Baltimore Ravens in the same season ever, but that reality was quickly derailed by the madness at the end of the game.

106 responses to “Browns intercept Mason Rudolph four times in 21-7 win over Steelers marred by melee, ejections

  1. Good game tonight from the Browns! You were the better team tonight for sure. Steelers didn’t have any fundamentals tonight at all. Back to the drawing board. And Mike Tomlin thought having a game plan on a short week is pointless, and that explains this loss pretty much. Still love ya Steelers!

  2. Steelers really embarrassed themselves tonight. They needed four penalties to get one offensiveTD. Then Rudolph goes and s5arts a fight because he got tired of getting sacked and picked off. Too bad.

  3. Browns doing Browns things. Solid win and game over then almost assuredly a suspension to your best defender over an ego/temper to potentially crush your already thin playoff hopes. I mean come on…

  4. Mayfield saying what Garrett did was inexcusable and that he’ll be suspended is correct… But I’m not sure his teammates will support him yapping about it on national television.

    Crazy, Garrett could be out for the year.

  5. Two bad teams playing for nothing. Myles Garrett should be arrested for what he did to Mason Rudolph. Mason Rudolph should be arrested for throwing 4 pics against the Browns. It’s sad to see how far the Steelers have fallen.

  6. No need to throw the other QB to the floor when your team is up 14 points, only 10 seconds on the clock, and the other team in their own 20, inexcusable.

  7. Mason Rudolph was frustrated and twisted Garrett’s helmet when Garrett landed on him, overreaction by Garrett no doubt but what was Rudolph thinking going after him when they were separated?!? Garrett saw red and went crazy!

  8. Rudolph started the whole thing when he tried to rip off Garrett’s helmet. I wonder if his part in the situation will be addressed or ignored.

  9. Never seen a football player take a man’s helmet off and beat him with it before. That was a new one. See ya MG.

  10. Mason Rudolph tried to take Garrett’s helmet off first. That’s what set Garrett off. The helmet swing was ill-advised obviously but he was being charged by three guys. Looked like a bit of a panic move.

  11. Neither team looks playoff worthy. The oline and offense of the steelers sucked. Mayfield looked plodding and inaccurate. The Browns also lack discipline and the end of the borefest was an example.

  12. Niner fan here.

    Was watching the end of the game with my family. My wife, who rarely watches or takes note of football saw the fight. She said she ‘feels sick’ at how the game ended and asked if it happens frequently (nope). She feels sick because of the ejected Browns players. What a crock, and how horrid of Baker to back it up.

    Rudolph was picked four times, he was frustrated. Garrett didn’t know he didn’t have the ball and Rudolph went after his head. Garrett had every right to pull him up by the helmet. All of sudden he’s fighting three guys in a fight he didn’t provoke.

    As a non-biased observer I’m proud of Garrett standing his ground in an unfair fight, and I think Rudolph seems like a great culture fit as a 21st century Steelers QB. Could not be less honorable or unlikable.

  13. Garrett will get 2 games maybe. Rudolph definitely didn’t deserve the helmet being swung at him but he did try to pick a fight with Garrett. That was a big mistake on Rudolph’s part. Also, how did Pouncey not get ejected. He was literally throwing punches at Gartett while Rudolph was kicking him.

  14. I knew right away everyone would attack Garrett. Yes, he was wrong and will get a couple game suspension, nothing worse though. Yea, it was ugly, but what you need to remember is that Rudolph started that all himself. He grabbed Garrett’s helmet first. That doesnt excuse what Myles did, but Rudolph should have been ejected too. And for those that really want to try to pile it on, Steelers fans might want to some antics James Harrison did for many years!! Its a rivalry that got out of control. Back to good old AFC North football. And I’m glad it’s a rivalry again.

  15. The Browns have exactly no discipline and that is a reflection of their head coach. They have been out of control all season getting silly taunting penalties etc. This melee comes as no surprise.

  16. “Garrett will get 2 games maybe. Rudolph definitely didn’t deserve the helmet being swung at him but he did try to pick a fight with Garrett. That was a big mistake on Rudolph’s part. Also, how did Pouncey not get ejected. He was literally throwing punches at Gartett while Rudolph was kicking him.”

    He was ejected.

  17. Smacking Rudolph with the helmet was insane. That has to be a year suspension imo, at the least. Not a Steelers fan, but dang, could have seriously hurt the guy. And guys get year long suspensions for much less.

  18. I can’t imagine how long Garret is going to get suspended for that. You can’t swing a helmet at another player. He’s probably done for the year. Surprised they didn’t boot Rudolph too. His shenanigans kicked off the melee.

  19. If I hit someone in the head with a helmet, I would end up in jail. Let’s see what happens. Disgraceful.

  20. Two weeks ago, Browns vs Broncos, Denver radio asking “who would you rather have right now? Von or Garrett?” I think it’s clear now. Von=Class. Garrett=Idiot.

  21. If DeCastro doesn’t get in between Garrett swinging that helmet at Rudolph, we might see the first NFL player lead out of a stadium in handcuffs.

  22. Why is no one talking about WHY Myles Garrett went bonkers on Mason Rudolph? Replay slow-mo shows Rudolph trying to rip Garrett’s helmet off. Garrett didnt respond with any composure at all and took it up a few notches, but sure showed Rudolph how its done!

  23. the browns just won the game and then eliminated themselves from the playoffs in a single play. Garrett is done for the season at minimum. probably longer, a lot lighter in the pocketbook. the browns might as well fire kitchens now as they have proven once again they are an undisciplined mess. the next time these two play, the NFL will be on high alert. props to tomlin for saying nothing.

  24. Also, how did Pouncey not get ejected. He was literally throwing punches at Gartett while Rudolph was kicking him.

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    Garrett, Ogunjobi and Pouncey were ALL three ejected from the game with eight seconds remaining.

  25. Nice win, but I’m not crying any tears for the Steelers because of Miles Garrett. Rudolph didn’t like the hard tackle and tried to take Garrett’s helmet off. And, no, Rudolph’s hand wasn’t stuck in Garrett’s helmet. Garrett took it too far, no doubt, but I’ve watched too many Steeler cheap shots over the years to care one bit about Garrett’s response. Two years ago, I watched the Steelers launch head-first not once, not twice, not three times, but four times in one game against the Browns with the intent to hurt. A color commentator was asked after that game about those cheap shots and his answer was simply, “it’s the Steelers.” Nothing more needed to be said.

  26. I agree that Garrett should be suspended for a while – at least six games. And Pouncey will probably get one game for kicking and punching.

    What bothers me the most is the no-call for the helmet to helmet hits on Schuster earlier in the game. I don’t necessarily blame the refs for this. But teams should be allowed to challenge missed helmet to helmet calls or New York should be empowered to impose penalties on those who commit helmet to helmet shots. As the rules are currently constituted, New York can get involved in reviewing helmet to helmet hits if there’s a flag thrown on the field. But if there is not a flag on the field, nothing can be done.

    I say get rid of instant replay for pass interference, and allow challenges for helmet to helmet hits.

    Neither a Browns are a Steelers fan, just sayin…

  27. Rudolph started the whole thing when he tried to rip off Garrett’s helmet. I wonder if his part in the situation will be addressed or ignored.
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    Perhaps he was upset about being tackled to ground for no reason with 8 seconds left in the game. Just a guess.

  28. The Browns demonstrated exactly why they’re under-performing expectations with the talent they have in this game. Their discipline is non-existent and their focus is woeful. That’s a coaching staff responsibility, and it becomes clearer with every week that Kitchens isn’t head coach material.

    Lotta fines and suspensions coming from this game – Garrett’s season should be over for his madness, Pouncey pretending he was in the Ocotogon should get at least a game or two, and Ogunjobi deserves a stiff fine. So does Rudolph, because he instigated that whole debacle at the end of the game. His multiple attempts to drag Garrett’s helmet off is what initially sent him off. It could have ended with Garrett ripping his helmet off in retaliation, but de-escalation isn’t exactly wired into or taught or coached to football players, and the Steelers linemen getting involved just added fuel to the fire. Awful look for the game.

  29. Rustygrizwald…..exactly!! And Rudolph kept attacking him!! Yea Myles was wrong, but was also defending himself.

  30. Mason Rudolph was upset that Garrett threw him to the ground, since he’d already thrown the ball. Garrett, not knowing the ball had been thrown, tried to bring him down for the sack. So it was all a misunderstanding, as these things usually are.

    Rudolph should get a fine for grabbing at Garrett’s facemask, but that’s not worthy of a suspension. Garrett should get suspended multiple games, if not the season, for swinging a helmet at another player’s head (and connecting). That is the craziest, most dangerous and irresponsible thing I’ve seen on a football field in my life. He’s lucky that Rudolph didn’t get seriously, seriously hurt.

    I don’t know who that clown is above who says he’s “proud of Garrett”, but he could not possibly be more wrong about the situation. That kind of act has no business in the NFL.

    Oh, and Pouncey will get suspended at least a game for all the kicking of Garrett when he was down.

  31. pkrlvr says:
    November 14, 2019 at 11:58 pm

    Never seen a football player take a man’s helmet off and beat him with it before. That was a new one. See ya MG.

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    It’s the Alzado Rule.

  32. …At least he didn’t hit him with the crown of the helmet.

    Seriously, watching in real-time I thought he just killed Rudolph. Thankfully he didn’t make contact with Rudolph’s head with the crown of the helmet. Definitely warrants a suspension, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the remainder of the season.

  33. Mason Rudolph is not the answer Steeler Nation. He can’t buy time with his legs and throws into coverage.

  34. That was wild. I’ve seen a few instances of this, and “saw” (wink, wink lmao) a lot of melees during games and afterwards in the parking lot….but we were a bunch of bums with nothing to lose, haha, surprised to see this from pros. Stuff happens though, boys being boys really, sometimes things just go over the line.

  35. Garett should be suspended indefinitely. This is waaaaay worse than Heynesworth’s head stomp. I can’t believe that I just witnessed this. Pouncey deserves a small monetary fine for sure, no argument here, and a big raise for defending his QB like he did. Any lineman defending his QB like that should be praised.

  36. rustygrizzwald says:
    November 14, 2019 at 11:59 pm
    Niner fan here.

    As a non-biased observer I’m proud of Garrett standing his ground in an unfair fight.
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    It’s a game…

    No one should be trying to kill someone.

  37. Garrett and Ogunjobi should be ashamed of themselves.
    Ogunjobi going after Rudolph and knocking him down again.
    Cowardly move.

    Totally unacceptable conduct on the field.

  38. Browns beat the Steelers. Dominated. They are the better team by far. Should be a huge win for them. Instead this will get more negative attention than the real stuff that happened earlier today in California. Dumb move by Garrett. Deserves a suspension. Beyond that, let’s not pretend this is different than what James Harrison did to Colt McCoy, or Turkey Jones did to Bradshaw…

    There was a time in sports when we accepted the wildness and violence of the game…if this was 1979 or 1989 even, this would be news, but basically shrugged off as chippy play. The sanctimony on Fox, ESPN is absurd – Damien Woody…give me a break.

    Jack Lambert, Mean Joe…look let’s not pretend this is unprecedented. But get ready for the hot takes.

  39. Well, it’s now official, the NFL has now merged with the WWE. Stomping and grabbing a player’s helmet and hitting him with it would make the WWE proud.

  40. Well, it’s now official, the NFL has now merged with the WWE. Stomping and grabbing a player’s helmet and hitting him with it would make the WWE proud..

  41. A dude hit the opposing player with his own helmet “on national television” but the leader of the team cant reply when prompted? LMAO

  42. At the start of the year Myles Garrett delivered multiple late hits on the QB. Defended himself for not being a dirty player while the film said otherwise.

    This wasn’t just one of the dirtiest and cheapest shots in the history of football. He should be facing charges of assault with a weapon.

  43. Browns and their fans were pretty jazzed about beating the Steelers who were playing their second string offense (Starting QB-out; Starting Fullback-out; Starting Runningback – out; Starting receiver – out). The reality is there is no doubt they should have beat them. Given the circumstances, Cleveland should be embarrassed that Pittsburgh was still in the game until that late int that set them up on the 5 to go up by two TDs. A win is a win, but there’s not much to be proud of in that game (and that doesn’t even take into account the cowardly helmet swinging incident).

  44. What stunk was that that was one of the best thursday night games ever played. Dam shame there was so much extracurricular nonsense.

  45. MG should be suspended for the rest of the season. No excuse for that. He started by taking Mason dish well after the ball was thrown.

  46. That might have been the most disgusting thing I’ve ever seen in all my years as a fan. A man ripping off another man’s helmet and then cracking him in the head with it on live, nationally broadcasted TV. Goodell has to bring down the hammer HARD on Garrett for this, a former #1 pick and one of the faces of the league just outright assaulted a man for the world to see. Disgraceful.

  47. Garrett continually loses his composure on the field now he’s gonna be out for 4-6 games. Can’t help his team when he’s not on the field. He’s not a rookie anymore

  48. jacksonvillefoodsafety says:
    November 14, 2019 at 11:59 pm

    […] how did Pouncey not get ejected. He was literally throwing punches at Gartett while Rudolph was kicking him.
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    Pouncey was ejected.

    Also, Rudolph was not kicking Garrett at that time (or at any time by my recollection). That was about when he got pushed to the ground by a blindside shove from Ogunjobi.

  49. Myles Garrett is selfish. He’s hurt the Browns and overshadowed what was a great win for them. He should be ashamed of himself. His Mum needs to have a hard word and several slaps upside his head!

  50. Myles Garrett overreacted, did something very stupid, but Mason Rudolph got frustrated with the unnecessary takedown…Garrett will get 4 games, maybe rest of seazon

  51. If Rudolph instigated, then miles has no patience but pent up anger that stems while growing up in the hood to beat down a lil white guy..generational pain leads Garret off the edge n a year long suspension or longer…Baker is correct to call out the violence because no one else was going to..

  52. This is what happens when football teams are calling themselves “mean and nasty”. Ravens, Steelers, Bengals and now Browns are always talking about “smash mouth” football, when what they mean is cheap, overheated, penalty laden, cheap shot fests where lots of people get hurt and guys get fined/ejected. Rudolph should also get suspended for instigating it. NFL must show these AFC North teams this is not how they should be playing football.

  53. Garret should be permanently banned and should face assault charges. Possibly assault with a deadly weapon. The NFL has to take a stand that it cannot condone attempted murder on its field.

  54. Freddie Kitchens claims that he doesn’t condone fighting yet the Browns went into the game looking to hurt people. You had two receivers go down because of helmet to helmet hits and then MG tries to hurt Rudolph after he threw the ball by taking him to the ground unnecessarily. Rudolph pushes back because of the take-down and off we go. Freddie Kitchens has lost any remaining control of his team if he ever had any to start with.
    Baker was right. The Browns should be embarrased.

  55. With the Attorneys for the concussion lawsuit not having settled it yet, this will factor into the punishment the league hands out. It will be exhibit A if they don’t bring down the hammer hard. I expect Garrett to get 16 games, and then he may re-apply for permission. Harshness will be the coin of the realm. This is not just a TNF situ. This is worldwide. It will be on the news in most nations on Earth. They league also has to factor in the attempt to expand the market. Those that don’t understand the game will think it’s played by psycho’s. (some might be). Ogunjobi will probably get the rest of the season off, as he cheap shot the QB from behind when his hands were in the air. His “explanation” made it worse. If he saw his brothers fighting, go to the fight. Not the smallest guy out there with his helmet off and back turned. Unfortunately for Randall, he might get a game where a fine would have done before this kerfuffle. Pouncey will also get the gate. At least 3 games, his actions mitigated by trying to not let his helpless teammate get murdered on National TV. If he didn’t kick, he might have gotten away with one game. Kitchens might not be out of the woods yet either. He might be held responsible for all the head to head shots, the personal fouls all season, and now a disgraceful melee. He’s a bad coach anyway, so he might even get fired. This team may be demolished before next year. They aren’t going to make the playoffs. They had an outside chance with 8 seconds left, but that went up in smoke. It really is the factory of sadness. Garrett had time between pulling the helmet off and swinging it. No bueno. That’s deliberation, not losing it in a moment of raw emotion. It’s contemplated. That cannot stand. There’s an outside chance his career might be over.

  56. I’ve been saying for years they’re not legit until they can beat the Steelers. Mission accomplished. They may still be a mess, but this is a big win.

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    4onafloor says:
    November 14, 2019 at 11:58 pm
    Rudolph started the whole thing when he tried to rip off Garrett’s helmet. I wonder if his part in the situation will be addressed or ignored
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    Why was Rudolph trying to rip off his helmet? Right, he was being ridden to the ground well after he through the ball in a game that was long over.

  58. @ rustygriswald you didn’t watch the interview or you don’t know what inexcusable or embarrassing means. At no point did mayfield condone or back up Garrett’s actions. We all like to hear how you came to the conclusion that he did and his horrid comments.

  59. NFL should:

    Garrett – sits the season
    Ogunjobi – large fine for knocking Rudolph down in the endzone

    Rudolph – fined for going after Garrett’s helmet initiating the whole thing
    DeCastro – fined for taking Garrett to the ground and for being the 3rd man in
    Pouncy – 3 or 4 games for throwing punches and kicking Garrett in the head

  60. Lyle Alzado did it to Chris Ward. It’s ugly but then there are the cameras showing guys with blood pouring from their ears as they go to the medical tents, endless replays of every scuffle and even showing the classic footage of Turkey Jones slamming Bradshaw to the turf on his head as a celebration of the hundredth anniversary. Hypocritical to be shocked or disgusted. It’s over the line and deserves a flag. And somebody tell Rudolph not to kick and punch a guy twice your size then look to the ref and run behind your teammates like a punk. That’s equally dumb.

  61. jbaxt says:
    November 14, 2019 at 11:56 pm
    Mayfield saying what Garrett did was inexcusable and that he’ll be suspended is correct… But I’m not sure his teammates will support him yapping about it on national television.

    Crazy, Garrett could be out for the year.

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    That teammate apparently didn’t care about his team when he did what he did so why should his teammates show him any respect publicly or privately. That’s called being a respectable leader and holding your teammates accountable. Good for him, maybe his “coach” can learn something from Baker.

  62. The Browns were playing dirty, plain and simple. They were head hunting, with those hits. Garret threw Rudolph down, with 8 seconds left after Rudolph passed the ball. Rudolph shouldnt have tried to take off Garrets helmet. However, that is NO excuse for Garret attacking with the helmet. NONE.

    Fights happen in the NFL, attacks with a deadly weapon? Thats a new one.

  63. Cleveland is a joke and Freddy Kitchens has no clue what he’s doing.

    That said, Steelers are no saints in this mess. Mason complete escalated this by freaking out and grabbing Garretts helmet and attempted to rip it off and then running after him. Then the moron goes on national TV and blasted Garrett. Rudolph is an idiot.

    Garrett should get the rest of the season off. Mason should get a game. Pouncy(lovely guy that backed/best buds with Aaron Hernandez) should get 2-4 games for kicking and punching. Lastly, the moron Ogunjobi should also get a game or 2 for running up and leveling Mason after this mess.

    That does take to count the cheap hit by the Browns earlier in the game as well.

    Lastly, what was Tomlin doing down 21-7 with like 15 seconds to go??? Knee the ball and chew out your team (sorry QB) for a terrible game.

  64. rustygrizzwald says:
    November 14, 2019 at 11:59 pm
    As a non-biased observer I’m proud of Garrett standing his ground in an unfair fight, and I think Rudolph seems like a great culture fit as a 21st century Steelers QB. Could not be less honorable or unlikable.

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    You are delusional.

  65. 4onafloor says:
    November 14, 2019 at 11:58 pm
    Rudolph started the whole thing when he tried to rip off Garrett’s helmet. I wonder if his part in the situation will be addressed or ignored.

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    It better not be overlooked. Moron should be fined and suspended a game for escalating this mess.

  66. mandelzev says:
    November 15, 2019 at 8:20 am
    Lyle Alzado did it to Chris Ward. It’s ugly but then there are the cameras showing guys with blood pouring from their ears as they go to the medical tents, endless replays of every scuffle and even showing the classic footage of Turkey Jones slamming Bradshaw to the turf on his head as a celebration of the hundredth anniversary. Hypocritical to be shocked or disgusted. It’s over the line and deserves a flag. And somebody tell Rudolph not to kick and punch a guy twice your size then look to the ref and run behind your teammates like a punk. That’s equally dumb.
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    Agreed!

  67. pkrlvr says:
    November 15, 2019 at 12:09 am
    Rudolph started the whole thing when he tried to rip off Garrett’s helmet. I wonder if his part in the situation will be addressed or ignored.
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    Perhaps he was upset about being tackled to ground for no reason with 8 seconds left in the game. Just a guess.

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    Perhaps they should not have called a passing play then

  68. bigjoe2330 says:
    November 15, 2019 at 9:30 am
    Miles isn’t twice the size of Rudolph. Miles is 6’4 and 275 lbs
    Mason 6’5 235 lbs. mason could probably hold his own
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    Um…nope. Rudolph looked like a little boy out there.

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