CLEVELAND, OHIO – DECEMBER 12: Jarvis Landry #80 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates with Baker Mayfield #6 after making a touchdown reception against the Baltimore Ravens in the first quarter at FirstEnergy Stadium on December 12, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Browns may have lost to the Green Bay Packers on Christmas, but their playoff hopes are still very much alive.
The Cleveland Browns had the chance to pull off a Christmas miracle — scoring a huge upset victory over the Green Bay Packers. That never came to fruition, as a later interception by quarterback Baker Mayfield, his fourth of the game, clinched the 24-22 loss.
Cleveland now finds themselves falling to a 7-8 record with just two more games remaining on the schedule. Luckily for them, the AFC playoff picture is extremely crowded, so their playoff hopes are still alive, albeit slim.
Can the Browns still make the playoffs after loss to Packers
For this article, we are going to use the New York Times‘ playoff path simulator. With their loss to the Packers, the Browns have a 10 percent chance of making the playoffs.
But what if the Browns were to defeat their final two opponents of the season in the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals? Well, their odds of clinching a playoff berth will increase to approximately 39 percent.
There are going to be a plethora of scenarios for how the Browns can clinch a playoff berth. Here is one potential scenario for Cleveland to reach 100 percent odds that includes winning their final two games of the season:
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We suggest giving the New York Times playoff simulator linked above to check out how the Browns can and cannot make the playoffs.