CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Cleveland Browns are giving fans something to cheer about, after winning Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers 24-22 and clinching a playoff berth for the first time since 2002.
Spirited fans are on top of the world in Cleveland because whether you were one of the lucky few with a ticket for Browns’ Stadium and the Dawg Pound, or watching the game at a downtown bar like the Winking Lizard, Browns’ fans had every reason to celebrate.
The Browns are headed to the playoffs for the first time in 18 years, and it’s a first for some fans.
Jimmy Shannon of Cleveland says, “I’m ecstatic. I was born in 2002, the last time the Browns made the playoffs. And so, this is my first time ever seeing the Browns in the playoffs and I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.”
Jamie Williams who traveled to Cleveland from Newark, Ohio on her birthday said, “Excited for the city, excited for the team, the fans. It’s been way too long.”
The Browns big score comes at a time when fans really needed something to lift their spirits, on the heels of a rough 2020 for everyone.
Jared Hoffman of Cleveland is a long-time fan, “Look at all the chaos that’s happened this year. This is the year that we’re going to do it. We’re turning things around it’s happening this year.”
And even though COVID-19 restrictions did not allow most fans inside the stadium, Jimmy Shannon says, “We were just talking earlier that we finally got a team to be so proud of, we finally got a team that’s winning and we can’t be in the stadium. It breaks my heart. But next year. We got a light at the end of the tunnel.”
Light at the end of the tunnel and a renewed spirit in a team that has had to fight and prove they are resilient, and now beginning 2021 with plenty to cheer about.
John Newcomb who traveled three and a half hours to Cleveland to sit inside the stadium with his son Blake tells 19 News, “This was fantastic. I cannot think of any time in my life other than the birth of my children that I’m more excited.”
“We’re going to go all the way, Super Bowl. Super Bowl,” Williams said.