But from then on, the Cleveland Browns quarterback was perfect.
Mayfield retreated from 0 to 5, including an interception on his first throw to break a franchise record with 21 consecutive completions, offering Cleveland a thrilling 37–34 comeback win over the Bengals.
Mayfield is completing 28 of 22 carries with 297 yards and five touchdowns, three of which coming in a wild back-and-fourth fourth quarter.
His final touchdown was a 24-yard game-win to Donovan Peoples-Jones with just 15 seconds remaining. Their only imperfection after the first quarter was a spike to stop the clock on the final drive.
Mayfield passed Bernie Kosar (1989) and Kelly Holcomb (2003), who had previously shared Brown’s record with 16 straight Lions. No other Cleveland quarterback had thrown three touchdowns in the fourth quarter in the last 30 seasons, either according to ESPN statistics and information, and in 2007 Derek Anderson had not thrown five in a game.
Mayfield defeated former Hissman Trophy winners and No. 1 overall target shootout Cincinnati rogue quarterback Joe Burrow.
Burrough completed 35 of 35 passes for 406 yards, the first 400-yard passing game of his pro career. Despite losing three offensive linemen starting after an injury during the game, Barrow threw three touchdowns and ran for another. On fourth-and-1, he connected on a 3-yard, go-ahead touchdown pass to Giovanni Bernard with just one minute to play, which set up Mayfield’s late-game heroines.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first game in NFL history with five forward-touchdown touchdowns in the fourth quarter.
Ben Baby of ESPN contributed to this report.