Browns victimized by ‘worst rule in NFL’ as Rashard Higgins fumble costs Cleveland a touchdown vs. Chiefs

 Browns victimized by ‘worst rule in NFL’ as Rashard Higgins fumble costs Cleveland a touchdown vs. Chiefs

Peak Browns.

Down 16-3, Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield connected with wide receiver Rashard Higgins with just under two minutes left in the first half. Higgins stretched for the goal line when Chiefs safety Daniel Sorenson nailed Higgins — resulting in catastrophe for the Browns.

The Sorenson hit, which some questioned as illegal helmet-to-helmet contact, forced Higgins to fumble the ball just shy of the goal line, with the pigskin crossing the plane and careening out of bounds in the end zone for a touchback.

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By rule, a ball fumbled short of the goal line and out of bounds in the end zone is ruled a touchback, giving possession to the opposing team. For years, the rule has sparked debate regarding the severity of the punishment.

The play isn’t exactly “classic” Browns — they did make it to the divisional round after all — but it still reaches “peak Browns” level. The Chiefs scored a field goal on the ensuing possession, taking a 19-3 lead into the half as opposed to a 19-10 lead.

Fans watching the game engaged in spirited debate surrounding the rule, which was called the “worst rule in the rule book” by some. (No debate here).

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