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CJ McCollum celebrated the first Browns playoff win since 1994 and we're here for it

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It was a win 27 years in the making.

Sunday evening on Sunday Night Football, the Cleveland Browns won a postseason game for the first time since 1994 with a 48-37 Wild Card victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field.

More importantly, that means Trail Blazers guard and Ohio native CJ McCollum finally got to see his Browns win a playoff game and he celebrated on Twitter accordingly. 

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The first quarter onslaught began when a high snap on the first offensive play from scrimmage resulted in a Browns touchdown to take a 7-0 lead just 14 seconds into the contest.

CJ couldn't help himself. 

That was just the beginning of the laughter though.

Soon after, Ben Roethlisberger threw his first of three first-half interceptions to set up another Cleveland touchdown. 

After Cleveland touchdown later, McCollum kept up the energy.

Then, down 21-0, Pittsburgh threw another interception which set up a Kareem Hunt touchdown to give Cleveland a 28-0 first quarter lead. 

Still, McCollum wanted more. 

The 28 points were the most first-quarter points scored by an NFL team in postseason history. It was enough for CJ to tell Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce his Browns were heading for the defending Super Bowl champions next.

CJ was also loving that whatever bet he made on the game was sure to payout.


After Roethlisberger's third interception of the first half, CJ joked maybe backup quarterback Mason Rudolph should enter the game.

Heading into halftime, the Browns had a 25-point lead.

What makes the performance even more remarkable was that Cleveland was without head coach Kevin Stefanski, could not practice this week, and had a makeshift offensive line. 

It didn't matter though.

Making the situation richer, Steelers wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster had some harsh comments about the Browns heading into the playoff meeting.

"I think they’re still the same Browns teams I play every year," Smith-Schuster said. “I think they’re nameless gray faces. They have a couple good players on their team, but at the end of the day, I don’t know. The Browns is the Browns."

So, McCollum had to troll Juju after his team was humiliated at home by Cleveland. How could he not?

After the game ended, CJ gave some thanks to numerous Browns such as Baker Mayfield, Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt and Jarvius Landry.

The Browns will travel to first-seeded Kansas City in the divisional round next weekend but until then, CJ can celebrate the first playoff win in 27 years.