NFL rules state the following about when a quarterback leaves the pocket, as Rodgers did on the play in question
When the passer goes outside the pocket area and either continues moving without the ball (without attempting to advance the ball as a runner) or throws while on the run, he loses the protection of the one-step rule … and the protection against a low hit … but he remains covered by all the other special protections afforded to a passer in the pocket, as well as the regular unnecessary roughness rules applicable to all position players. If the passer stops behind the line and clearly establishes a passing posture, he will then be covered by all of the special protections for passers.
To add insult to injury, it’s not even like the Browns kept a hold on the top draft spot. The 49ers are also sitting at 0-5, but their schedule is weaker. That tiebreaker let San Francisco slide into the top draft position after the 49ers’ loss to the Colts.
Other teams were dealt injury blows, too. The Bills, already dangerously low on healthy receivers, lost their leading pass catcher, tight end Charles Clay, for a month. The Chiefs’ do-it-all tight end Travis Kelce is in concussion protocol, while wide receiver Chris Conley is out for the season with a ruptured Achilles.
Aaron Rodgers has had the Cowboys’ number over the past few years. In 2015, Dez Bryant’s infamous no-catch allowed the Packers to advance to the NFC Championship. In 2017, the Packers held off the Cowboys’ comeback attempt in the NFC Divisional Round to advance to another NFC Championship.
In Week 5, Dak Prescott and the Cowboys gave Rodgers 1:13 to work with, and Rodgers made the most of it in a way that only he could execute.
The Green Bay drive appeared to be in danger, when Rodgers narrowly escaped David Irving for a first down.