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.