The 1967Cleveland Browns season was the team's 18th season with the National Football League. The 1967 season was a bittersweet one for the Browns; the sweet part was the fact they were back in the playoffs after a one-year absence. They went 9–5, the same as in 1966, but this time, it was good enough for them to get in as they won the Century Division championship in the first year of play after the NFL split the Eastern and Western conferences into two divisions each. The division race wasn't even close, as the Browns finished two games ahead of the runnerup New York Giants (7–7), their old arch rival in the 1950s and early '60s.
RB Leroy Kelly went over 1,000 yards rushing for the second straight time, getting 1,205 to go along with 11 TDs, while Ernie Green, now out of the shadow of the great Jim Brown, went over 700 yards for the second time in a row, getting 710. Quarterback Frank Ryan, the architect of the 27–0 1964 NFL title game victory over the Baltimore Colts, played pretty well in his last full season as a starter. He had 20 TD passes and 16 interceptions. But Ryan, with his body, especially his shoulder, beat up, would give way to Bill Nelsen early the next year.
The devastating playoff loss to Dallas, a blow out loss, 52–14 in the Eastern Conference title contest. caused Browns head coach Blanton Collier to re-shape his team at other positions as well, as new players were brought in to replace some of the fading stars who had carried the club for years. For instance, this was the last season for Hall of Fame place kicker Lou Groza, who retired for the second time – this time for good – after making 11-of-23 field-goal tries. Placekicker Lou Groza, the last member of the original Browns from the team's inception in 1946, would retire after 21 seasons, followed the next season by another Hall of Fame kicker, Don Cockroft.