Earlier today, the Cleveland Browns held on for a 24-22 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at home. With this victory, the Browns secured their first playoff berth since 2002. After the win, Ohio native and former Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James congratulated the team on Twitter.
“Playoff bound! Congrats Browns,” LeBron James said in his Tweet. “Yessir!!!! Don’t be satisfied though!”
With their win, the Cleveland Browns will likely lock in the 6th seed of the AFC. How things currently stand, they would face off against the Steelers again on Wildcard Weekend.
LeBron James Brings Success to Cleveland
The Browns were not the only hapless team in Cleveland in the past several decades. In fact, no Cleveland sports team had won a championship since 1964. That is until LeBron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the NBA Championship in 2016.
In 2016, the Cleveland Cavaliers behind LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love defeated the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. This victory snapped a 52-year championship drought for all major sports teams in the city of Cleveland.
This “Cleveland Curse” applied to the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA, the Cleveland Indians of the MLB, and the Cleveland Browns of the NFL. The last championship for the city happened when the Cleveland Browns defeated the Baltimore Colts in the NFL Championship of 1964– two years before the first Super Bowl.
Cleveland Browns Route to First Championship Since 1964
Since LeBron James and the Cavaliers broke the curse in 2016, no other Cleveland team has won a championship. In October of 2016, the same year of LeBron, the Cleveland Indians lost to the Chicago Cubs in the MLB World Series. This year, the Cleveland Browns have a chance to stake their claim.
With that said, they will not have a cakewalk to get there. As of now, they will have to face the division-winning Pittsburg Steelers in the first round. With a victory there, they will likely have to travel to Kansas City to take on the Chiefs, who are favorites to win the Super Bowl.
If they do somehow make it all the way to the Super Bowl, the NFC boasts some of the toughest teams in the league as well, including the Green Bay Packers and the New Orleans Saints. It will be a tall task, but perhaps the Browns have what it takes to follow LeBron James’ footsteps.