Browns' Baker Mayfield on No-Call vs. Packers: 'You Can't Bank on That Being Called'

Doric SamDecember 26, 2021

Cleveland Browns' Baker Mayfield throws 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)
AP Photo/Aaron Gash

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield had the first four-interception game of his career in Saturday's 24-22 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

On the final pick he threw, there appeared to be some contact between his intended receiver and Packers defensive back Rasul Douglas, but pass interference was not called.

When speaking to reporters after the game, Mayfield refused to use that as an excuse, saying, "Little bit of contact, but you can't bank on that being called."

Mayfield, who also had two touchdowns, threw three of his four interceptions in the first half. His last pick came in the fourth quarter as Cleveland was attempting to put together a game-winning drive.

It was Mayfield's first game back since being cleared from the NFL's health and safety protocols. He was forced to miss Cleveland's Week 15 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday after testing positive for COVID-19.

Mayfield told reporters he feels responsible for Saturday's loss because he believes the rest of the team played a solid game.

"It's frustrating," he said. "Like I said, I thought the defense played great, I thought our skill guys played well. Offensive line, the same thing. The [running] backs, obviously, played their tails off. That's why it's frustrating for me. Like I said, I hurt this team, there's no excuse. It is what it is."

Mayfield has thrown for 2,825 yards, 15 touchdowns and 11 interceptions this season. He also has three lost fumbles. It's the third time in his four-year career that he's thrown double-digit interceptions in a season.

Cleveland has not yet made a decision on signing Mayfield to a long-term contract extension but did exercise his $18.9 million fifth-year option for 2022. Saturday's performance did not inspire confidence in him being the team's answer at the quarterback position beyond next season.

Mayfield and the Browns will return to action next Monday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers.