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Browns 5 Most All-Time Memorable Wins Against the Cardinals

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(tie) Browns 33, Cardinals 33, Sept. 20, 1964 at Cleveland

It was just the second game of the season for both teams after opening wins, but its result loomed over the next three months as the Browns won the East Division with a 10-3-1 record and St. Louis finished 9-3-2. The Browns, of course, went on to win Cleveland’s last major professional sports championship with a stunning 27-0 upset of the Baltimore Colts.

The Browns trailed in this game, 30-26, with less than two minutes left when they faced a fourth-and-19 play at the St. Louis 45. Frank Ryan then hit Gary Collins on a deep post pattern for 43 yards to the 2.

Two plays later, Jim Brown swept right end for the touchdown and a 33-30 Cleveland lead with 1:07 to go. The Cardinals got the tie with five seconds left on Jim Bakken’s 28-yard field goal.

Ryan completed 12 of 26 passes for 189 yards. His 40-yard touchdown pass to Paul Warfield put Cleveland ahead 16-13 at halftime, and he connected with Collins for a 7-yard score and 23-23 tie in the third quarter.

Lou Groza kicked four field goals for the Browns. Brown ran for 79 yards on 21 carries. Collins caught six passes for 105 yards and Warfield had three catches for 63 yards.

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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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