Mayfield, in his National Football League debut, finished 17 of 23 for 201 yards in a little over one half of work for the Browns (1-1-1), who tallied their first victory since December 24, 2016.
Down 14-0 the Browns brought in the former Heisman Trophy victor to try and salvage some pride for a team that was in the midst of the NFL's second longest winless streak since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. The Browns will look to win their first game in two years, and they would love nothing more than to do it in front of their home crowd in a primetime spot on Thursday night.
But the victory was worth the wait as it came from rookie quarterback and No. 1 pick Baker Mayfield.
Browns quarterback Tyrod Taylor has been ruled out of Thursday's matchup with the Jets with a concussion.
The Jets (1-2) grabbed a 14-0 lead on a pair of touchdowns by former Browns running back Isaiah Crowell.
For Darnold, a promising start ended with his second loss in three games. In his one main drive of the half, he helped lead a two-minute drill to a field goal (Yes, the Browns made a field goal!). A turnover led them to another three points, but then Mayfield and the offense found the end zone and made it a two-point game.
This was the scene when a 40-yard field goal split the uprights in warmups.
Mayfield then orchestrated a 15-play, 75-yard drive in the fourth quarter to chew up time before Hyde scored his second touchdown on a 1-yard run.
At the start of the play, Mayfield ran out of the backfield on a pass pattern and the ball was directly snapped to running back Duke Johnson Jr.