NFL playoffs | Cleveland Browns vs Piuttsburgh Steelers botched snap for touchdown, record score

The NFL playoffs game between Cleveland and Pittsburgh got off to an extraordinary start when the Browns pounced on a botched opening snap and scored a touchdown within the first 15 seconds of the game.

Steelers centre Maurkice Pouncey snapped the ball over the head of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and after a frantic chase for the ball, Cleveland’s Karl Joseph then recovered it in the end zone, handing the Browns a startling lead.

Browns fans couldn’t have dreamed of a better start to the team’s first playoff match in 18 years, at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field.

The last time the first play from scrimmage had led to a defensive touchdown in any match came was in week one of 2018, which saw Sam Darnold throw a pick-six on his first career pass with the New York Jets.

Yet things only got better for Cleveland, while it became nightmarish for Pittsburgh.

The score after the first quarter somehow read Browns 28, Steelers 0. It was the best/worst start to a playoffs game in 52 years.

Cue tweets such as this:

Pittsburgh entered the wildcard game with a better season record than Cleveland, 12-4 against 11-5, yet were trounced in the opening quarter.

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