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Browns 5 Most All-Time Memorable Wins Against the Cardinals


2. Browns 24, Cardinals 10, Dec. 1, 1963 at St. Louis

The Browns were scrambling with the Cardinals, Giants and Pittsburgh Steelers for the East Division title. Frank Ryan’s 23-yard touchdown pass to Rick Kreitling and scoring runs of 1 and 3 yards by Jim Brown gave Cleveland a 21-3 halftime lead and the Browns defense maintained control, holding St. Louis to 198 total offensive yards.

Among Brown’s runs was a key 61-yard dash on a draw play that took Cleveland from its 3 to the St. Louis 36. Brown ran 29 times for 179 yards, boosting his season total to 1,677 yards and breaking the NFL single-season record he set with 1,527 yards in the 12-game 1958 regular season.

Ryan was 10-of-18 passing for 210 yards. Gary Collins (four receptions for 100 yards), Kreitling (four for 47) and Tom Hutchinson (two for 63) accounted for all of the catches.

The win made the Browns 9-3 and put them in a first-place tie with New York. Cleveland finished 10-4 and a game behind the Giants. This was still the era during which the lone postseason contest — barring a first-place division tie — was the championship game.

St. Louis became 8-4 with the loss and finished 9-5.

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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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