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Browns 5 Most All-Time Memorable Wins Against the Broncos

Wrenching conference championship game losses are symbolic of the Browns’ frustrations against the Denver Broncos, highlighting Cleveland’s futility in the overall series between the teams.

Cleveland hosts Denver on Sunday. Each week, we highlight the Browns’ five most memorable wins against their upcoming opponent. This week’s winners are by default.

The Browns have just five wins over Denver in the teams’ all-time series. The Broncos have defeated Cleveland 22 times, including three times in American Football Conference title games. We need not detail the Browns’ near-misses in the championship games against Denver following the 1986 and 1987 campaigns. The Broncos also denied the Browns one game short of the 1989 season Super Bowl.

The teams first met in 1970, the first year of the completed merger between the National and American football leagues. The Browns won three of their first four games against Denver, but have lost 21 of 23 since.

Nevertheless, here are the Browns’ five most memorable — and only — wins over the Broncos:

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Mike Peticca covered the Indians and Cavaliers for The Associated Press from 1976 to 1998 and the Browns from 1976 to 1995. The Akron native doubled as a Plain Dealer sports writer for several years, and then covered high school, college and professional teams for The PD until 2013. He is a longtime baseball Hall of Fame voter.

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