Browns Fans Livid After Reversed Personal Foul Call After Mayfield Fourth Quarter Hit

It was one of the most insane calls of the 2018 season, but at this point, it is something that Browns fans are probably use to.

The play of course was the hit on Browns rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield in the fourth quarter of the Browns 26-23 overtime loss Sunday to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a hit that looked like live and on replay should have been 15 yards for a helmet to helmet hit.

It was a 15-yard penalty – at least at first.

That is until the officials picked up the flag, making one of the most mind boggling calls that it seems like has ever been made, stating that Mayfield was ‘allowed to be hit in the head.’

“There’s a lot of emphasis being put on protecting the QB. Doesn’t seem like the Browns are getting a lot of calls,” Mayfield said after the game.

Here’s the original play in which the penalty was called.

Here’s a closer look at the hit by Buccaneers Jordan Whitehead, who clearly hit Mayfield in the head without question.

Here’s the official with the unreal explanation on the call:

After the game, Mayfield chatted with the media about the call.

The call did not sit well with Browns fans, who took to Twitter to voice their displeasure.

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Matt Loede
Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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