The Browns' 2023 season is over. Cleveland started its first playoff game since 2020 poorly on both sides of the ball. Houston scored 45-14 after the Browns gave up big plays defensively and two offensive turnovers. The second-half offence was a blank for the Browns.

The Browns will look at the pros and cons of the 2023 season and how they managed their injuries in the opening week of the regular season in the offseason.

Cleveland was almost out of the game when QB Joe Flacco intercepted two passes on consecutive offensive possessions in the third quarter. On the third quarter's Browns' march down the field, CB Steven Nelson intercepted Flacco's throw and raced for 82 yards for the touchdown.

After getting the ball back, the Browns went for it on fourth-and-2. Flacco's ball to TE Harrison Bryant was intercepted by LB Christian Harris and returned for a touchdown, giving the Texans a 38-14 lead.

On their first offensive possession in the fourth quarter, the Texans won. The Texans led 45-14 on the third play of the fourth quarter when QB C.J. Stroud passed to RB Devin Singletary, who raced for 19 yards into the touchdown zone.

The Browns started poorly, allowing three touchdowns in the first half. They let up a deep ball from Stroud to Collins for 37 yards and the Texans' third score to lead 24-14.

On both Browns scores, the defence gave up huge plays and touchdown drives to the Texans. Houston had a 76-yard touchdown run in the second quarter after Kareem Hunt's second first-half touchdown.

Houston beat the Cleveland Browns to progress to the AFC Divisional Round. NRG Stadium was electric from kickoff to the whistle, and Head Coach DeMeco Ryan's players wowed the home audience.

The remaining Super Wild Card Round games will determine whether the Texans play at home or away in the AFC Divisional Round. Tickets will go on sale later if the Texans are home.

The Browns started at their own 25. Joe Flacco found open Jerome Ford out of the backfield for a first down on the opening play up to the 36. A five-yard throw to David Bell got the Browns to the 41, but Denzel Perryman flew into the backfield and downed Ford for a loss of four to the 37.