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Browns 5 Most All-Time Memorable Wins Against the Cardinals



1. Browns 34, Cardinals 24, Oct. 15, 1950 at Cleveland

It was the first season in the National Football League for the Browns after they had won the All-America Football Conference championship in all four years of the league’s existence.

This win made them 4-1 on their way to a 10-2 regular season finish and a first-place American Division tie with the New York Giants. The host Browns defeated New York 8-3 in the playoff game for the division and then beat the Los Angeles Rams 30-28 in the famed championship game at Cleveland Stadium.

Browns quarterback Otto Graham riddled the Cardinals defense with 22 completions in 35 attempts for 369 yards, and he ran seven yards for a first-half touchdown.

The Browns, though, trailed 24-10 before Graham threw touchdown passes of 29 and 26 yards to Dante Lavelli for a 24-24 tie in the fourth quarter. Cleveland took the lead on Lou Groza’s 19-yard field goal and closed the scoring on Marion Motley’s 2-yard run.

Lavelli finished with six receptions for 131 yards and Mac Speedie caught six passes for 106 yards. The Browns’ standout defensive end, Len Ford, suffered a broken jaw and broken teeth when he was punched by the Cardinals’ Pat Harder. Ford was sidelined until the championship game, when he wore a protective mask attached to his helmet, one of the first steps toward the modern face mask.

The Cardinals became 1-3 and ended the season 5-7.

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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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