Tom Brady SKUNKS! The Browns beat the Bucs amid a visit from a small, smelly mammal

Tom Brady SKUNKS! The Browns come back to beat the Bucs in overtime when FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland is attacked by a small, smelly mammal

For the first time, the stench emanating from Cleveland’s FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday had nothing to do with the Browns’ performance.

Instead, it was a veritable skunk that made its way into the stands as Cleveland rallied from a 17-10 third-quarter deficit to defeat Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 23-17, in overtime. The Browns improve to 4-7 with the loss, while the Bucs fall to 5-6.

The skunk emerged around halftime in the lower part of the stadium and was last seen hiding under a step, according to Cleveland.com. Some fans threw food at the frightened member of the Mephitidae family, which was trying to avoid human contact. There were a few scary moments when the skunk looked like it was trapped under a step, but managed to escape.

Instead, it was a veritable skunk that made its way into the stands as Cleveland rallied from a 17-10 third-quarter deficit to defeat Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 23-17, in overtime.  The Browns improve to 4-7 with the loss, while the Bucs fall to 5-6

For the first time, the stench emanating from Cleveland’s FirstEnergy Stadium on Sunday had nothing to do with the Browns’ performance. Instead, it was a veritable skunk that made its way into the stands as Cleveland rallied from a 17-10 third-quarter deficit to defeat Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 23-17, in overtime. The Browns improve to 4-7 with the loss, while the Bucs fall to 5-6

Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacts during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium.  It is unclear whether he reacted to the skunk or not

Tom Brady #12 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers reacts during the first half against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. It is unclear whether he reacted to the skunk or not

The skunk was seen around halftime in the stadium's lower bowl and was last seen hiding under a step, according to Cleveland.com.  Some fans threw food at the frightened member of the Mephitidae family, which was trying to avoid human contact.  There were a few scary moments when the skunk appeared to be trapped under a step but managed to escape

The skunk was seen around halftime in the stadium’s lower bowl and was last seen hiding under a step, according to Cleveland.com. Some fans threw food at the frightened member of the Mephitidae family, which was trying to avoid human contact. There were a few scary moments when the skunk appeared to be trapped under a step but managed to escape

Although the skunk wasn’t interested in people or game, it looked hungry as it explored the peanut shells and empty containers lining the area under the seats.

And the skunk wasn’t the only intruder at FirstEnergy Stadium this week. On Monday, trespassers drove their car through the field, vandalizing the stadium.

The team said it has provided information to Cleveland police, who are investigating.

At some point during the night, someone entered the stadium and drove a vehicle onto the grass surface, causing “some surface damage,” according to the team. Aerial television footage showed tire tracks covering half the field.

As for the game, Browns running back Nick Chubb ran for a 3-yard touchdown with 19 seconds left in overtime to stun the Bucks

As for the game, Browns running back Nick Chubb ran for a 3-yard touchdown with 19 seconds left in overtime to stun the Bucks

As for the play, Browns running back Nick Chubb ran for a 3-yard touchdown with 19 seconds left in overtime to stun the Bucks on quarterback Jacoby Brissett’s final start before Deshaun Watson returned from his suspension

Chubb walked through a pile of bodies on the goal line as the Browns (4-7) sent Brissett off with a win. Watson, who was suspended 11 games by the NFL because of allegations of sexual misconduct, will start next week in Houston.

Chubb’s short TD was set up when Brissett connected on a 45-yard pass to Amari Cooper, who found himself wide open when Bucs cornerback Carlton Davis III slipped and fell near midfield.

The Browns forced OT on tight end David Njoku’s remarkable one-handed TD catch with 32 seconds left in regulation. Njoku extended his left arm to set up Brissett’s 12-yard field goal in the back of the end zone.

Brady threw two touchdown passes but couldn’t get anything going in the 10-minute overtime.

Led by tight end Myles Garrett, who had 1 1/2 sacks, the Browns held Tampa Bay (5-6) without a point on their final seven possessions. Brady completed 29 of 43 passes for 246 yards and was sacked three times.

Brissett went 23 of 37 for 210 yards. Chubb finished with 116 yards on 26 carries.

Brissett went 23 of 37 for 210 yards.  Chubb finished with 116 yards on 26 carries

Brissett went 23 of 37 for 210 yards. Chubb finished with 116 yards on 26 carries

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