CLEVELAND -- Baker Mayfield spoke. And the Cleveland Browns fans listened.
Two weeks after Mayfield called out the Cleveland faithful for failing to fill FirstEnergy Stadium to capacity during the team's win over the Carolina Panthers on Dec. 9, Cleveland rewarded the emerging star of a quarterback by making the Browns' final home game of the regular season a sell out.
On Thursday, the Browns' Twitter account released a video of Mayfield thanking the team's fans while announcing that Sunday's matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals is indeed sold out.
"I just found out this Sunday's game is sold out," Mayfield says. "I appreciate you guys. I know I called you out. I thank you guys for buying all the tickets, being there for the support, I appreciate it a lot. I'm so excited to see you on Sunday. But it's not just about being there, you've got to be loud too. We want the energy there, we want it to be very exciting for the last home game, finishing off the season on the right note. And I appreciate you guys, thank you very much."
Mayfield's sentiment was similar to the one he shared two weeks ago when attendance in the upper deck of FirstEnergy Stadium was noticeably sparse during the Browns' 26-20 victory over Carolina.
“We would love to have more fan support," Mayfield said. “Today was cold, I get it, but having more people, especially at our last home game coming up, we would love to have more people in the stands cheering for us because we feed off of the energy.
"You can tell. It is very obvious. I do not have to say it how our defense feeds off of the energy in the stadium and being able to start fast and get that going and put teams in a bind and put pressure on them.”
Although there was some initial backlash from fans, Mayfield's comments -- plus the team's win over the Broncos last Saturday -- seem to have had a positive effect. As for whether or not FirstEnergy Stadium will actually be filled on Sunday, that depends on how receptive those still looking to attend are to a secondary ticket market currently featuring a season-high in prices.