Hall of Fame Game – Jets 3-0 Browns LIVE: Veteran Greg Zuerlein gets New York on the board with a 54-yard field goal after some impressive offense from Zach Wilson

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Follow Mail Sport’s live blog for the preseason Hall of Fame Game between the New York Jets and the Cleveland Browns.

And that’s it! Final: Jets 16-21 Browns

If it weren’t for Cleveland’s rookie QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson’s heroics in the second-half, then I’m not so sure that Cleveland would’ve taken anything away from tonight’s game.

The Jets, on the other hand, looked lost as soon as Zach Wilson exited the game by the end of the first quarter. We’re not sure why he didn’t get more action ahead of Tim Boyle but maybe that’s simply down to Robert Saleh’s game management.

New York will now travel to North Carolina to take on the Panthers on August 12th!

INTERCEPTION, Cleveland!

And boy are the Browns celebrating! After trailing 16-7 at halftime, it seems like they’ll be heading home with a win.

Five-yard penalty on third down for Jets

New York scoots back to the 35-yard line and almost had a pass intercepted…It’s 4th down with 50 seconds left now…this is the Jets last chance to salvage something from this game form what it seems like.

The Jets’ offense is back on the field with under 2:00 to go…

2nd & 1 for New York at Cleveland’s 31-yard line

‘My Best Friend, Sauce’: Aaron Rodgers opens up on his close friendship with Jets teammate and cornerback Sauce Gardner

The pair attended an NBA playoff game at MSG together earlier this summer and Gardner was also seen gifting a No. 8 gold chain to his QB last month.

The Browns are back on the ball after the Jets’ offense flattens

Can Dorian Thompson-Robinson punish New York once and for all with 3:30 minutes left…

Double caught by Felton Jr. as the Jets get to the 15-yard line!

Can New York retake the lead? The Jets are so close to being back on the front foot with just five minutes of play left.

Crucial fourth down here for New York…

Still lurking around at the 40-yard line, the Jets are five yards away from a first down.

New York’s now at the 40-yard line but struggling for yards…

The Jets are eight-yards away from first down…

Touchdown Cleveland! The Browns take the lead 21-16!!

The Browns have just been given license to roam in the Jets half, with Thompson-Robinson picking out a receiver for a first down on almost every pass he throws.

Talking about impact in a game…

Cleveland Browns quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (17) calls signals during the second half of the team's Hall of Fame NFL football preseason game against the New York Jets, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2023, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Thompson-Robinson completes a pass to push the Browns to the 35-yard line!

He has 5/8 completed passes for 49 yards tonight…Another first down for Cleveland!

The Jets punt all the way to the Browns’ 20-yard line as QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson returns to the thick of the action

Can the rookie continue to bring momentum to his team?

And the fourth quarter is finally underway as the lights are back on at Tom Benson HOF Stadium!

So, what’s it gonna be? A Jets win or a Browns comeback? Stay tuned…

Delay prior to the start of the fourth as half of the stadium goes dark…

It seems like there’s a lighting problem here as we enter the last quarter of an hour at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium! A fan even took an opportunity to make fun of Rodgers’ Darkness retreat in Oregon prior to his blockbuster trade from the Packers to the Jets.

A few snaps from tonight’s matchup…as the Jets seek a first pre-season win

CANTON, OHIO - AUGUST 03: Israel Abanikanda #25 of the New York Jets celebrates scoring a 10-yard touchdown during the first half of the 2023 Pro Hall of Fame Game against the Cleveland Browns at Tom Benson Hall Of Fame Stadium on August 3, 2023 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)

Israel Abanikanda of the Jets celebrates scoring a 10-yard TD during the first half with teammates

CANTON, OHIO - AUGUST 03: Cedric Tillman #89 of the Cleveland Browns is tackled by Bryce Hall #37 of the New York Jets during the first half of the 2023 Pro Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall Of Fame Stadium on August 3, 2023 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)

Cedric Tillman #89 of the Cleveland Browns is tackled by Bryce Hall #37 of the New York Jets during the first half

CANTON, OHIO - AUGUST 03: Jamien Sherwood #44 of the New York Jets celebrates a tackle during the first half of the 2023 Pro Hall of Fame Game against the Cleveland Browns at Tom Benson Hall Of Fame Stadium on August 3, 2023 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)

Jamien Sherwood #44 of the New York Jets celebrates a tackle during the first half of the 2023 Pro Hall of Fame Game

CANTON, OHIO - AUGUST 03: A New York Jets fan cheers during the first half of the 2023 Pro Hall of Fame Game against the Cleveland Browns at Tom Benson Hall Of Fame Stadium on August 3, 2023 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)

A New York Jets fan cheers during the first half of the 2023 Pro Hall of Fame Game

CANTON, OHIO - AUGUST 03: Malik Taylor #86 of the New York Jets pushes Thomas Graham Jr. #31 of the Cleveland Browns during the first half of the 2023 Pro Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall Of Fame Stadium on August 3, 2023 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)

Malik Taylor #86 of the New York Jets pushes Thomas Graham Jr. #31 of the Cleveland Browns during the first half

CANTON, OHIO - AUGUST 03: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates a 16-yard touchdown run by Demetric Felton Jr. during the second half of the 2023 Pro Hall of Fame Game against the New York Jets at Tom Benson Hall Of Fame Stadium on August 3, 2023 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)

Deshaun Watson #4 of the Cleveland Browns celebrates a 16-yard touchdown run by Demetric Felton Jr. during the second half

End of the third quarter: Jets 16-14 Browns

Will Wilson return as we enter the final 15 minutes of this pre-season game?

Browns’ rookie QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson is making an impact tonight!

The 23-year-old has converted half of his passes (3/6) for 31 yards since coming on at halftime. He also threw himself into a challenge for the Browns’ second TD of the night.

Tim Boyle’s 4th down pass is incomplete! Browns are back on the ball

The Jets’ offense is starting to really slow down here in the third quarter, giving Cleveland a chance to get take to the lead before the fourth with four minutes to go.

Could Jets WR Garrett Wilson be the next Davante Adams?

Speaking to NBC Sports earlier, Rodgers said that ‘there are special traits’ that the Jets No. 17 has to the Raiders’ No. 17…Garrett Wilson, you’ve just been given the ultimate compliment from the GOAT.

Ok, enough of Rodgers…back to the game! Touchdown, Cleveland! Jets 16-14 Browns

And it looks like Demetric Felton Jr. is the man who runs into the end zone after receiving a bullet of a pass from rookie quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson on the previous down!

Cleveland converts the extra-point field goal and suddenly, it’s a 3-point game.

Ball’s back to you, New York!

‘The pieces are in place’: Rodgers speaks up on the Jets’ expectations this season

The four-time NFL MVP speaks to NBC Sports from the sidelines as he helps Jets offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. He’s all smiles on a cool night in Canton, Ohio.

1st & 10 for Cleveland

The Browns are getting further up the field as they pickup play at the 15-yard line from within their own half.

Demetric Felton returns for 20 yards after the Jets don’t make much of possession

Cleveland’s opening drive of the quarter comes to nothing but the Jets don’t make much use of their time on offense either as they punt the ball back to the Browns, who are now running the football once again…

Will we see another touchdown soon?

And the third quarter is underway! Jets 16-7 Browns

The Browns start with the ball!

Happy Birthday, Zach Wilson!

As the QB turns 24 years old today, his highlight of the night so far is his 50-yard pass to Malik Taylor!

He was also spotted sharing a laugh with Rodgers on the sidelines after his first quarter cameo

Predicted odds for the Jets to win the AFC East

Analysts expect the Bills to come out on top of the division once again, with Rodgers and Co. only given a 20 percent chance to dethrone Buffalo. Can the Jets do it?

Rodgers spotted on the mic’ from the sidelines

Has he been dishing out instructions to both Wilson and Boyle in the first half? If so, then no wonder why the Jets have been playing great offensively!

But joking aside, it seems like the 39-year-old was only putting on the headset to talk to the guys in the booth for NBC Sports.

HALFTIME: Jets 16-7 Browns

A third field goal from New York at the 53-yard line gives ‘Gang Green’ a nine-point lead at the break. We’ll be back with more soon!

Touchdown Cleveland! Jets 13-7 Browns

The Browns finally get something going offensively with 31 seconds left on the clock. John Kelly Jr. completes Mond’s 10-yard pass.

This game is suddenly tight once again!

Browns trying to get on the board for the first time as they get to the Jets’ 10-yard line

Can Kellen Mond get a touchdown here? This is the closest that Cleveland’s come to New York’s end zone all night! We’re nearing the end of the second too…

Cedric Tillman gets 1st down at Jets 32-yard line!

Penalty declined for New York as the Browns get to reset offensively.

Replay 1st down for Cleveland following holding penalty

Browns gotta run it once more at 1st and 10…and receiver Demetric Felton Jr gets the ball on 2nd down. He then completes a pass from Mond again to rush to the 35-yard line.

Browns knocking on the door at the 45 yard line

Pressure is on Mond to get something going here… 1st & 10 for Cleveland with 4:45 left on the clock in the second

CANTON, OHIO - AUGUST 03: Kellen Mond #7 of the Cleveland Browns throws a pass during the first half of the 2023 Pro Hall of Fame Game against the New York Jets at Tom Benson Hall Of Fame Stadium on August 3, 2023 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)

Browns return stopped at 29 yard line

Mond then completes his pass to Kelly Jr, who gets the Browns to the Jets’ 40-yard line before the team is handed a 10-yard penalty for holding…

Touchdown New York! Extra-point field goal is converted too…Jets 13-0 Browns

Running back Israel Abanikanda rushes into the end zone…can Cleveland get back into this game? Or will the deficit grow before the break?

Mound’s pass is intercepted for the second time tonight!

Jets linebacker Chazz Surratt intercepts the ball at the 40-yard line to force another error from the Browns backup quarterback. Mound had a good opening drive but it’s kind of gone down hill from there…can he recover?

Boyle completes his first pass as Jets punt the it back into Cleveland’s camp

The Jets didn’t want to take a chance at fourth down and have now given the ball back to the Browns at their 25-yard line

The second quarter is underway!

And it looks like the Browns didn’t really take advantage of their opening drive in this quarter, with the Jets now back in possession once again… can New York’s offense take advantage of a lack of cutting edge from Cleveland to get the game’s first TD?

It also seems like Tim Boyle has come in for Zach Wilson…we’re not too sure why he’s out of the firing line but maybe head coach Robert Saleh just wants to give all of his backup QBs a feel of tonight’s game!

End of the first quarter: Jets lead 6-0

Two field goals from new Jets kicker Greg Zuerlein give New York a slim lead over their midwest rivals as we approach the start of the second quarter.

New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson rolls out during the first half of the team's Hall of Fame NFL football preseason game against the Cleveland Browns, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2023, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Zach Wilson’s pass is deflected at the 44-yard to give kicker Greg Zuerlein another chance to convert a field goal!

And he does indeed convert it…6-0 for the Jets now as we come to the end of the first quarter. When’s the first touchdown gonna come?

Jim Brown honored

The Browns legend was shown on the Jumbotron after the game’s first points were scored. Brown passed away at 87 years of age in May, having been a Super Bowl champion just once in 1964.

Jets 3-0 Browns: Veteran Greg Zuerlein gifts New York the first points of the game

The 35-year-old, who was signed this offseason, converts a 54-yard field goal after some impressive offense from Zach Wilson.

Jets are now on the ball

Second shot for Wilson to get the Jets on the scoring board in this opening first quarter and he completes a 57-yard pass to Malik Taylor, who makes a brilliant catch!

The receiver runs full speed before twisting his body and getting in front of his man.

Watson and Rodgers are in demand in Canton!

Both franchise QBs are being urged to sign autographs by an abundance of fans! Look who’s popular…

Aug 3, 2023; Canton, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson signs a flag before the game between the Browns and the New York Jets at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
CANTON, OHIO - AUGUST 03: Aaron Rodgers #8 of the New York Jets signs autographs prior to the 2023 Pro Hall of Fame Game against the Cleveland Browns at Tom Benson Hall Of Fame Stadium on August 3, 2023 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)

Kellen Mond is looking good out there

The Browns’ second-string QB seems more at ease than Wilson on the field, at the moment. He has 27 yards so far and is trying to get Cleveland out of it’s own half but a stubborn Jets defense is proving to make that difficult so far…

Wilson gets things underway for New York’s offense

And it looks like the 24-year-old didn’t get the start that he wanted, only rushing for 3 yards…he only completed one pass on all four downs. Ball back to Cleveland…

Cleveland misses a field goal!

It looks like at the 49-yard line too…that concludes the Browns’ opening drive. Up next, Zach Wilson and the Jet’s offense!

Cleveland’s edging closer to the end zone…

The Browns are trying to find a way through at the 24-yard line.. but QB Kellen Mond was sacked on third down. Two fouls were blown a couple plays earlier, with the Jets being handed a 15-yard penalty for fouling.

CANTON, OHIO - AUGUST 03: Kellen Mond #7 of the Cleveland Browns warms up prior to the 2023 Pro Hall of Fame Game against the New York Jets at Tom Benson Hall Of Fame Stadium on August 3, 2023 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)

Browns at the 36-yard line!

Hamsah Nasirildeen has gone down early for the Jets as he exits the game while holding onto his left arm. Not sure if he’ll continue but he doesn’t seem to be in a worrying state.

And just like that, we’re underway! Tonight’s game has started

Let’s see how both teams fare out without both of their starting QBs… who’ll come out on top? Have a say in the comments!

The Cleveland Browns, left, and New York Jets are introduced for the Hall of Fame NFL football preseason game Thursday, Aug. 3, 2023, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

New Pro Football Hall of Famer Demarcus Ware sings the national anthem

This is truly coming out of nowhere but how many NFL fans knew about the former Dallas Cowboys linebacker’s musical talents? He was given a big round of applause by fans following his vocal performance.

This year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame class has now been enshrined!

All nine former pros were introduced to fans at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium before tonight’s pre-season game starts! That includes Ronde Barber, Don Coryell, Joe Klecko, Darrelle Revis, Ken Riley, Joe Thomas, Zach Thomas and Demarcus Ware.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell greets Browns QB Deshaun Watson

The 27-year-old has claimed that he’s a changed man since completing his 11-game suspension last season, following his trade from the Houston Texans. Read more here:

Zach Wilson gets his chance to shine tonight!

It’s only a pre-season game but last season’s starting QB can really demonstrate his worth tonight and prove that he is the natural successor to Rodergs once the latter’s contract is up in 2025.

CANTON, OHIO - AUGUST 03: Zach Wilson #2 of the New York Jets warms up prior to the 2023 Pro Hall of Fame Game against the Cleveland Browns at Tom Benson Hall Of Fame Stadium on August 3, 2023 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)
CANTON, OHIO - AUGUST 03: Zach Wilson #2 of the New York Jets warms up prior to the 2023 Pro Hall of Fame Game against the Cleveland Browns at Tom Benson Hall Of Fame Stadium on August 3, 2023 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)

The Jets starting QB is seen on the field for the first time tonight!

He may not be playing in what is the Jets’ first pre-season game, but ‘AR12’ (or ‘AR8’ depending on if you’re a Jets or Packers fan) was noticeably seen in conversation with Jets owner Woody Johnson — the former US ambassador to the U.K. under the Trump Administration — before kickoff.

Any thoughts on what the pair have talked about?

CANTON, OHIO - AUGUST 03: Aaron Rodgers #8 of the New York Jets looks on prior to the 2023 Pro Hall of Fame Game against the Cleveland Browns at Tom Benson Hall Of Fame Stadium on August 3, 2023 in Canton, Ohio. (Photo by Nick Cammett/Getty Images)

The Aaron Rodgers effect!

An endless line of fans has been spotted outside of the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium as they wait to get through the gates and to their seats

57th annual Hall of Fame Game

Tonight marks the 57th playing of the Hall of Fame Game. The event debuted in 1962 and has been played annually, with the exception of four years.

The Browns are making their sixth overall appearance in the Hall of Fame Game and first since 1999 (also 1963, 1967, 1981 and 1990).

The Jets are making their third appearance and first since 1992 (also 1977).

This is the The Pro Football Hall of Fame logo on the goalpost pad on the field at Tom Benson Field before the Hall of Fame exhibition game between the Cleveland Browns and the New York Jets, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2023, in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Gang Green arrive in Canton

Zach Wilson will likely get the nod to start as the Jets quarterback tonight over Aaron Rodgers.

Wilson, the former No. 2 overall pick, has now been assigned the backup quarterback role after a turbulent 2022 season, and the small matter of Aaron Rodgers’ arrival.

Though, many view the presence of Rodgers as only beneficial to the ex-BYU standout.

And it seems Wilson is in lockstep with that train of thought thus far at the beginning of minicamp.

Welcome!

Good evening and welcome to Mail Sport’s coverage of the 2023 Hall of Fame Game!

The New York Jets will be taking on the Cleveland Browns in Canton, Ohio at 8pm ET.

Its the first chance to see the revamped AFC East squad, whpse offseason was highlighted by the acquisition of Aaron Rodgers.

Stick around as we bring you live updates from the game!





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