1953 Cleveland Browns season

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1953 Cleveland Browns season
Head coach Paul Brown
Home field Cleveland Stadium
Local radio WTAM
Results
Record 11–1–0
Division place 1st NFL American
Playoff finish Lost NFL Championship
Timeline
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< 1952 1954 >

The 1953 Cleveland Browns season was the team's fourth season with the National Football League. Their start of 11–0–0 before losing their last game was the closest to a true perfect season in the NFL until the 1972 Miami Dolphins, but after losing to the Philadelphia Eagles in their last game and missing a perfect regular season, the Browns were beaten in the NFL Championship Game by the Detroit Lions

Exhibition Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 August 23, 1953 at San Francisco 49ers W 20–7
36,273
2 August 28, 1953 at Los Angeles Rams L 27–9
21,440
3 September 4, 1953 at Detroit Lions T 24–24
39,985
4 September 7, 1953 vs. Baltimore Colts at Akron W 23–21
20,000
5 September 11, 1953 at Chicago Bears W 20–14
36,796
6 September 19, 1953 Green Bay Packers W 21–13
22,336

Regular Season Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 27, 1953 at Green Bay Packers W 27–0
22,604
2 October 4, 1953 at Chicago Cardinals W 27–7
24,374
3 October 10, 1953 Philadelphia Eagles W 37–13
45,802
4 October 18, 1953 at Washington Redskins W 30–14
33,963
5 October 25, 1953 at New York Giants W 7–0
30,773
6 November 1, 1953 Washington Redskins W 27–3
47,845
7 November 8, 1953 Pittsburgh Steelers W 34–16
35,592
8 November 15, 1953 San Francisco 49ers W 23–21
80,698
9 November 22, 1953 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 20–16
32,904
10 November 29, 1953 Chicago Cardinals W 27–16
24,499
11 December 6, 1953 New York Giants W 62–14
40,235
12 December 13, 1953 at Philadelphia Eagles L 42–27
38,654

NFL Championship Game[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Championship December 27, 1953 at Detroit Lions L 17–16
54,577

Scoring

  • DET – Walker 1 yard run (Walker Kick)
  • CLE – FG Groza 13 yard
  • DET – FG Walker 23 yard
  • CLE – Jagade 9 yard run (Groza kick)
  • CLE – FG Groza 15 yard
  • CLE – FG Groza 43 yard
  • DET – Doran 33 yard pass from Layne (Walker kick)

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns 11 1 0 .917 348 162 L-1
Philadelphia Eagles 7 4 1 .636 352 215 W-1
Washington Redskins 6 5 1 .545 208 215 L-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 6 0 .500 211 263 W-2
New York Giants 3 9 0 .250 179 277 L-2
Chicago Cardinals 1 10 1 .091 190 337 W-1

Awards and records[edit]