Browns-Falcons Live Updates: Baker Mayfield throws TD pass, Cleveland leads in the third

The Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons are each playing their final NFL preseason game Sunday night.

For the Browns, it's their final tuneup before they open the regular season Sept. 12 at the Kansas City Chiefs in a rematch of last season's AFC divisional playoff game.

The Browns beat the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants in their first two preseason games. Unlike those games, though, more Browns starters saw the field Sunday, notably at quarterback.

a group of football players playing a football game: Cleveland Browns tight end Austin Hooper (81) leaps over Atlanta Falcons safety Jaylinn Hawkins (32) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) © John Bazemore, AP Cleveland Browns tight end Austin Hooper (81) leaps over Atlanta Falcons safety Jaylinn Hawkins (32) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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The Browns lead 10-3 in the third quarter. Follow along below for live updates on tonight's game.

Browns rookie Demetric Felton continues to impress, Case Keenum in at QB

Browns backup quarterback Case Keenum entered for Cleveland on the team's third offensive series. He took over with good field position.

Demetric Felton, a rookie out of UCLA, set the Browns up at their own 39 with a 37-yard kickoff return after an Atlanta field goal. Felton then got loose on a run on the second play, putting the Browns at the Atlanta 40.

Two Keenum completions had the Browns in the red zone again. But for the second time, they stalled out inside the 10 and turned the ball over on downs.


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Keenum led the Browns on a drive to a field goal later in the first half.

Chase McLaughlin made 32-yarder with 2:56 left.

McLaughlin took a shot at 56-yarder on the final play of the half, but hit the crossbar and the ball bounced back and was no good.

a baseball player holding a bat: Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield warms up before the first half of a preseason game against the Falcons, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) © Brynn Anderson, AP Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield warms up before the first half of a preseason game against the Falcons, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Baker Mayfield starts at quarterback for Browns

After sitting out the first two preseason games, Baker Mayfield is starting tonight in Atlanta.

A 35-yard completion by Mayfield to tight end Austin Hooper on a short crossing route converted a third-and-9 on the first series, putting the Browns in the red zone. But the drive stalled there and Cleveland turned it over on downs at the 9 after failing to convert a fourth-and-6.

Mayfield's second possession ended in a touchdown.

He threw a perfect strike to KhaDarel Hodge, who continues to make plays. D'Ernest Johnson had a couple nice runs to key the drive.

In Mayfield's two series, the Brows ran 14 plays and gained 128 yards. Not a bad night's work.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski talks in pregame

Kevin Stefanski talked briefly on the NBC telecast just before kickoff, and said the goal Sunday is to play clean football with the ones.

He called the opener at Kansas City "a great challenge out of the gates for us."

But Stefanski is not looking too far ahead. He's keeping the focus on day-to-day improvements and wants the team to "build on the process of getting ready."

a man wearing a helmet: Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski speaks to Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield on the sidelines during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) © Brynn Anderson, AP Cleveland Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski speaks to Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield on the sidelines during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) Browns defensive end Myles Garrett speaks to fans before the first half of a preseason game, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson) © Brynn Anderson, AP Browns defensive end Myles Garrett speaks to fans before the first half of a preseason game, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Browns-Falcons Live Updates: Baker Mayfield throws TD pass, Cleveland leads in the third

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