Rookie Baker Mayfield threw a season-high three touchdown passes and rookie Nick Chubb streaked 92 yards for a TD and the Cleveland Browns ended a four-game losing streak with a stunning 28-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

The Browns (3-6-1) played their most complete game this season under interim coach Gregg Williams, their defensive coordinator who improved to 1-1 since replacing the fired Hue Jackson.

Mayfield outplayed Falcons star quarterback Matt Ryan with a performance that further justifies Cleveland’s decision to take the QB with the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft.

Mayfield completed his first 13 passes and finished 17 of 20 for 216 yards. He threw a 28-yard scoring pass to Rashard Higgins, a 13-yarder to Chubb and 11-yarder to Duke Johnson.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield celebrates a 13-yard pass to runningback Nick Chubb in the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield celebrates a 13-yard pass to runningback Nick Chubb in the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Ryan and the Falcons (4-5) had their three-game winning streak — and any playoff momentum — stopped cold.

And while Mayfield did damage, Chubb’s record run was the backbreaker.

With the Browns backed up at their 8, Chubb, who had 176 yards on 20 carries, took a handoff and headed right. He cut toward Atlanta’s sideline, picked up a block and then showed his surprising breakaway speed while finishing the longest run in team history.

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) rushes for a 92-yard touchdown as Atlanta Falcons linebacker Foye Oluokun (54) misses the tackle in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) rushes for a 92-yard touchdown as Atlanta Falcons linebacker Foye Oluokun (54) misses the tackle in the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Chubb’s run broke the previous team mark held by Bobby Mitchell, who had a 90-yard TD run against Washington on Nov. 15, 1959.

The score put the Browns ahead 28-10, an unexpected and unescapable hole for the Falcons, who blew a chance to get closer in the fourth when they were stopped inches short of the goal line.

Ryan completed 38 of 52 passes for 330 yards and two TDs.

Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson scores an 11-yard touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson scores an 11-yard touchdown in the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Atlanta receiver Julio Jones had 107 yards and became the fastest player to reach 10,000 yards receiving with a 30-yard catch in the second quarter. Jones reached the 10,000-yard plateau in his 104th game, 11 quicker than Calvin Johnson got to the milestone.

Moments later, Ryan completed a 1-yard TD pass to Jones to give the Falcons a 10-7 lead.

Mayfield, who lamented his accuracy issues in last week’s loss to Kansas City, went 12 of 12 for 165 yards and two TD passes in the first half, finishing with a 158.3 rating.

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) rushes in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) rushes in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Mayfield didn’t throw his first incompletion until 11:14 remained in the third quarter, but two plays later, he connected with Johnson to put the Browns ahead 21-10.

The score came after cornerback T.J. Carrie jarred the ball away from Falcons receiver Mohamed Sanu.

Plagued by slow starts, the Browns took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on Mayfield’s pass to Higgins, one of the QB’s favorite targets who was playing his second straight game after missing three weeks with a knee injury.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) runs for a 1-yard touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) runs for a 1-yard touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

It was Cleveland’s first TD in the opening quarter this season.

WISHBONE WISH

New Browns offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens joked earlier in the week he might bring back the “wishbone” — a three-back formation popular with college teams in the 1970s.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones runs against the Cleveland Browns in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones runs against the Cleveland Browns in the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Cleveland used a variation of the wishbone on several plays.

STRANGE CALL

While Mayfield was sublime in the first half, the Browns did have one interception.

Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) breaks a tackle to score a 13-yard touchdown after a pass reception in the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) breaks a tackle to score a 13-yard touchdown after a pass reception in the first half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Running back Dontrell Hilliard took a pitch and threw an ill-advised pass back toward Mayfield, who was well covered and the ball was picked by Falcons safety Damonte Kazee.

NEW TACKLE

The Browns started Greg Robinson at left tackle for the second straight week in place of rookie Desmond Harrison.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) looks to throw in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) looks to throw in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

The No. 2 overall pick in 2014, Robinson is getting a fresh start with the Browns, who signed him as a free agent before training camp. He previously played for the Los Angeles Rams and Lions.

UP NEXT

Falcons: Host the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 18.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) celebrates after scoring a 1-yard touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) celebrates after scoring a 1-yard touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Richard)

Browns: Bye week.

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Source: The Associated Press

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