Christmas Day Replay: Green Bay Packers beat Cleveland Browns, taking advantage of four Baker Mayfield interceptions

It was a quick turnaround in Week 16 for the Browns, who suffered a crushing home loss to the Las Vegas Raiders just five days ago to seriously damage their playoff chances. On Christmas Day in Green Bay, the Packers just about finished off the Browns by beating them 24-22.

The Browns (7-8) drop below .500 for the first time this season, to fall further behind in the AFC playoff picture. After having 22 players (at least nine starters) and three coaches — including head coach Kevin Stefanski — out with COVID-19 for the Raiders game, the Browns had their coach and a number of players back Saturday, including QB Baker Mayfield.

The Packers (12-3) beat an AFC North team for the second straight game. They were coming off a win over the Ravens in Baltimore last Sunday when they became the first team to clinch a playoff spot this season.

Here's how the Browns-Packers game unfolded Christmas Day:

Browns final drive ends with final Baker Mayfield interception

The Browns' hopes for a dramatic win ended with another interception Saturday.

Cleveland took over at its own 25 with 2:05 left in the fourth quarter. A big third-down conversion catch and run by Nick Chubb got the Browns to midfield with 1:01 left. Chubb caught a short pass to the left on third-and-6, and powered through a defender to gain 7 yards to the 50.

Rasul Douglas ended Cleveland's comeback bid by intercepting a pass at the Packers 40 on a ball that went through the hands of Browns receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones with 43 seconds left.

The Browns outgained the Packers 408-311.

Anthony Schwartz touchdown catch pulls Browns closer

Rookie receiver Anthony Schwartz caught a 5-yard TD pass from Baker Mayfield with 4:31 left in the fourth quarter, cutting Cleveland's deficit to 24-22. The TD catch is the first of Schwartz's NFL career.

The work of running backs Nick Chubb and D'Ernest Johnson powered the drive. Chubb accounted for 31 yards on the drive. Johnson delivered a 30-yard run to put the Browns in scoring position.

The Browns, though, couldn't get any closer. Their next possession ended in an interception with less than a minute left.

Back-to-back sacks of Baker Mayfield stalls Browns drive

The Browns drove into Green Bay territory and promptly stalled out early in the fourth quarter. Back-to-back sacks of Baker Mayfield left the Brown with a fourth-and-22 from the Green Bay 43. The Browns lined up to go for it on fourth down. But after a false start pushed them back another 5 yards, the Browns punted away with 9:06 left in the fourth.

Chris Naggar makes his first field goal for Cleveland Browns

Chris Naggar hit a 37-yard field goal with 1:07 left in the third quarter, cutting the Browns' deficit to 24-15.

Nick Chubb had a couple of nice runs to help the Browns drive down the field before they stalled out in the red zone.

Green Bay took the nine-point lead into the fourth quarter.

Mason Crosby helps Packers add on to open second half

The Packers took the kickoff to open the second half and drove to the Browns 14-yard line before the Browns held. A 32-yard field goal by Mason Crosby gives the Packers a 24-12 lead with 9:16 to go in the third quarter.

Packers make Browns pay again

The Packers cap a 49-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Davante Adams with 12 seconds to go in the half and the Packers lead 21-12. Baker Mayfield has thrown three interceptions and Rodgers has thrown a TD pass after each one. The Packers will have the ball to start the second half.

Baker Mayfield throws third interception

On first-and-10 from the Browns; 40, quarterback Baker Mayfield tries to hit Jarvis Landry along the left sideline but it is intercepted by Rasul Douglas and the Packers take over at midfield with 1:51 to go in the first half.

Big play keeps Browns drive alive

With the Browns facing a third-and-16 from their own 23, quarterback Baker Mayfield connects with wide receiver Rashard Higgins for a 17-yard gain. The Browns have a first down at their own 40 at the two-minute warning in the second quarter. The Packers still lead 14-12.

Browns get three-and-out

The Browns force a three-and-out and a punt by the Packers and take over at their own 29-yard line with 4:42 to go in the half. The Packers still lead 14-12.

Cleveland Browns' Harrison Bryant catches a touchdown pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

Baker Mayfield leads efficient TD drive for Browns

Baker Mayfield capped a six-play, 70-yard drive with a 1-yard TD pass to tight end Harrison Bryant with 7:03 to go in the first half. Mayfield's pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones on a 2-point attempt was batted away in the end zone and the Packers still lead 14-12.

Browns pay again for turnover

Aaron Rodgers leads the Packers on a 78-yard drive after Baker Mayfield's second interception of the game. The drive was capped by a 9-yard TD pass from Rodgers to Davante Adams in the face of an all-out blitz on a third-and-goal play and the Packers lead 14-6 with 10:47 to go in the first half at Lambeau Field.

Browns drive ends after missed call and second interception by Baker Mayfield

A 28-yard run by Nick Chubb and an 11-yard end around to Anthony Schwartz set the Browns up at Green Bay's 16-yard line but a sack by Rashard Gary put the Browns back on the 25. Mayfield complained that there should have been a facemask penalty and a replay showed he was correct. On the next play, Mayfield threw high to Jarvis Landry and it was intercepted by PaChanden Sullivan. The Packers lead 7-6 after the first quarter.

Browns keep drive alive with fourth-down conversion to Donovan Peoples-Jones

Facing fourth-and-1 at their own 34-yard line, the Browns go for it and quarterback Baker Mayfield hits wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones for 5 yards and the first down. The Packers challenged the catch but the play stands.

Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers is congratulated after throwing his 443rd career touchdown pass, during the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns on Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. The pass breaks the previous Green Bay Packers record held by Brett Favre. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Record TD pass for Aaron Rodgers gives Packers ahead

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers caps a 53-yard drive with an 11-yard TD pass to Allen Lazard that gives the Packers a 7-6 lead. The touchdown pass breaks a tie with Brett Favre and puts Rodgers on top of the Packers' all-time list with 443 career touchdown passes.

Baker Mayfield throws interception

On the Browns' second possession, quarterback Baker Mayfield tried to hit wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones on a long pass down the middle but the pass was overthrown and intercepted by Darnell Savage at the Green Bay 47-yard line. It appeared Peoples-Jones was held downfield but there was no call.

Cleveland Browns' Nick Chubb runs during the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

Packers convert fourth-down but drive stalls

The Packers went for it on 4th-and-1 in their own territory and made the first down but the drive stalled when Aaron Rodgers threw an incomplete pass on third-and-5. The Browns take over at their own 8 after an illegal block penalty on the punt return.

Nick Chubb makes big play, scores on first series

The Browns took the opening kickoff and, on the second play, quarterback Baker Mayfield hit Nick Chubb on a screen pass for 41 yards. A personal foul on the Packers moved the ball to the Green Bay 14. Three plays later, Chubb scored on a 1-yard run. Chris Naggar's extra-point attempt was wide right and the Browns lead 6-0.

How to watch the Browns game today

Game time: 4:30 p.m. ET, Saturday, Dec. 25

Where: Lambeau Field, Green Bay

TV: WJW Fox, NFL Network

Online livestream: Free on Amazon Prime, with coverage beginning at 3. Also, available on desktop web via or in the FOX Sports app on mobile phones, tablets and connected devices. Viewers need FOX as part of their TV channel line-up in order to watch NFL games on the FOX Sports website and app. Browns games also are live (to in-market fans only) on the official Browns iOS Mobile App.

Browns at Packers betting odds, spread and lines

Odds provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated Friday at 9:18 a.m. ET.

Money line: Browns +280 (bet $100 to win $280) | Packers -370 (bet $370 to win $100)

Against the spread (ATS): Browns +7.5 (-115) | Packers -7.5 (-105)

Over/Under (O/U): 45.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)

AFC North Standings, updated after Christmas Day game

Bengals ... 8-6

Ravens .... 8-6

Steelers ... 7-6-1

Browns .... 7-8

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This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Replay: Cleveland Browns lose to Green Bay Packers in Week 16