CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns' 2020 season may be over, but what a season it was.
At 11-5, the Browns turned in their best regular-season record since 1994, clinching a spot in the postseason for the first time since 2002. Once in the playoffs, Cleveland's success didn't stop there, as the Browns beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild card round, which marked the franchise's first postseason victory in 26 years.
Cleveland's remarkable campaign wouldn't have been possible without several key plays from some of its top players. With that in mind, let's take a look back at the 10 best plays from the Browns' 2020 season, which can be re-lived with the "Voice of the Browns" Jim Donovan's calls in the video player above.
10. Browns take 7-0 lead to start wild card round
Playing in its first postseason game since the 2002 season, it didn't take long for Cleveland to take a lead. On the very first play from scrimmage, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey snapped the ball over the head of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, with Browns safety Karl Joseph recovering the ball in the end zone to give Cleveland an early 7-0 lead en route to what would be a 48-37 Browns win.
9. Denzel Ward ices Eagles
With 2:07 remaining in the game of their Week 11 matchup, the Philadelphia Eagles found themselves at the Browns' 10-yard line trailing by a score of 22-10. Carson Wentz's attempt to cut Cleveland's lead to a single-score, however, was intercepted by Denzel Ward on a play that would force Philadelphia to use its remaining timeouts in what would ultimately be a 22-17 Browns win.
8. Kendall Lamm catches 'big man touchdown' vs. Titans
Between Jarvis Landry, Rashard Higgins, Austin Hooper, David Njoku and Harrison Bryant, Baker Mayfield had no shortage of pass-catchers to choose from this season. But one of Mayfield's most memorable touchdown passes was caught by 310-pound offensive tackle Kendall Lamm, who was on the receiving end of a 1-yard score in Cleveland's Week 13 win over the Tennessee Titans.
7. Landry to Beckham
In the first quarter of his team's Week 4 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski dialed up a deep pass not from Mayfield, but rather wide receiver Jarvis Landry. The 5-time Pro Bowl receiver/Cleveland emergency quarterback made good on his opportunity, connecting with best friend Odell Beckham Jr. on a 37-yard completion to give the Browns an early 7-0 lead.
6. Myles' strip-sack seals win vs. Washington
For three straight weeks, star defensive end Myles Garrett recorded game-changing strip-sacks. The most impactful came on Dwayne Haskins on a play that helped clinch Cleveland's 34-20 victory over the Washington Football Team in Week 3.
5. Nick Chubb stiff-arm vs. Eagles
While Nick Chubb has always been known as a powerful runner, he took it to another level against the Eagles. On what was a 54-yard run that helped set up a Kareem Hunt touchdown, Chubb threw Philadelphia defensive end Joe Ostman to the ground with one of the most forceful stiff-arms of the entire season.
4. Nick Chubb's non-touchdown vs. Texans
Perhaps Chubb's most impressive run of the season didn't even result in him reaching the end zone -- even though it could have. With Cleveland holding onto a 10-7 lead with 1:07 remaining in the fourth quarter against the Houston Texans, Chubb took off down the sideline on a 59-yard run. Rather than scoring a touchdown, however, the two-time Pro Bowl running back opted to step out of bounds, allowing the Browns to end the game with a pair of knees -- much to the dismay of those who had bet on Cleveland to cover the 4.5-point spread.
3. OBJ clinches win vs. Cowboys
After the Cowboys chipped away at what had been a 41-14 lead to get within three points of the Browns, Cleveland's offense took over at the 50-yard line with 3:42 remaining and looking to milk some clock. Instead, it took all of one play for the Browns to get back into the end zone with Beckham clinching a 49-38 victory with a 50-yard touchdown run on a reverse.
2. Donovan Peoples-Jones game-winner vs. Bengals
After Joe Burrow's touchdown pass to Giovani Bernard with 1:06 remaining gave the Cincinnati Bengals a 34-31 lead, it appeared the Browns would see their record drop 4-3 in the same game they had just lost Beckham to a season-ending torn ACL. That, however, was before Mayfield led Cleveland on a 5-play, 75-yard touchdown drive, which he capped with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones with just 11 seconds remaining in the game.
Leading the Steelers 24-22 and facing a third down with 1:10 remaining in the game, two yards stood between the Browns and their first playoff appearance in 18 years. Running a QB sweep, Mayfield picked up three yards, sending Cleveland to the postseason for the first time since 2002.
In an interview with Monday Morning Quarterback's Albert Breer, Browns guard Joel Bitonio revealed that the name of the play was "Maserati." Some further digging showed that the play name may have ultimately been a dig at one of Mayfield's most vocal critics, Fox Sports' Colin Cowherd.