1987 Cleveland Browns season

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1987 Cleveland Browns season
Head coach Marty Schottenheimer
General manager Ernie Accorsi
Owner Art Modell
Home field Cleveland Municipal Stadium
Local radio WDOK · WWWE
Results
Record 10–5
Division place 1st AFC Central
Playoff finish Lost AFC Conference Championship
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1986 1988

The 1987 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 38th season in the National Football League.

Led by another 3,000-yard season from Bernie Kosar, the Browns captured their third-straight AFC Central crown. In the divisional playoffs, against the Indianapolis Colts at Municipal Stadium, the Browns routed the Colts 38–21 to advance to their second-straight AFC Championship Game. For the second year in a row, the Browns were matched up against the Denver Broncos for a trip to Super Bowl XXII. The Browns fell behind early at Mile High Stadium, as the Broncos roared out to a big halftime lead. However, the Browns scored 30 points in the second half, and drove down the field in the late fourth quarter with a chance to score a game-tying touchdown. With 1:12 left in the game, RB Earnest Byner was stripped of the ball at the 2-yard line by Broncos' defensive back Jeremiah Castille in a play since dubbed The Fumble. Denver ran down the clock and took an intentional safety with 8 seconds left, and the Browns fell 38–33. Denver returned to the Super Bowl for a second straight year at the expense of the Browns.

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1987 Cleveland Browns staff
Front office
  • President/Owner – Art Modell
  • Executive Vice President of Football Operations – Ernie Accorsi
  • Director of Player Personnel – Chip Falivene

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks – Lindy Infante
  • Running Backs – Joe Pendry
  • Receivers – Richard Mann
  • Tight Ends – Charlie Davis
  • Offensive Line – Howard Mudd
Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator – Dave Adolph
  • Defensive Line – Tom Pratt
  • Secondary – Bill Cowher
  • Special Assistant/Defense – Darvin Wallis

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

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Schedule[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 13, 1987 at New Orleans Saints L 28–21
59,900
2 September 20, 1987 Pittsburgh Steelers W 34–10
79,543
3 September 28, 1987 Denver Broncos canceled
4 October 4, 1987 at New England Patriots W 20–10
14,830
5 October 11, 1987 Houston Oilers L 15–10
38,927
6 October 18, 1987 at Cincinnati Bengals W 34–0
40,179
7 October 26, 1987 Los Angeles Rams W 30–17
76,933
8 November 1, 1987 at San Diego Chargers L 27–24
55,381
9 November 8, 1987 Atlanta Falcons W 38–3
71,135
10 November 15, 1987 Buffalo Bills W 27–21
78,409
11 November 22, 1987 at Houston Oilers W 40–7
51,161
12 November 29, 1987 at San Francisco 49ers L 38–24
60,248
13 December 6, 1987 Indianapolis Colts L 9–7
70,661
14 December 13, 1987 Cincinnati Bengals W 38–24
77,331
15 December 20, 1987 at Los Angeles Raiders W 24–17
40,275
16 December 26, 1987 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 19–13
56,394

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional January 9, 1988 Indianapolis Colts W 38–21
78,586
Conference Championship January 17, 1988 at Denver Broncos L 38–33
75,993

Standings[edit]

AFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA
Cleveland Browns 10 5 0 .667 390 239
Houston Oilers 9 6 0 .600 345 349
Pittsburgh Steelers 8 7 0 .533 285 299
Cincinnati Bengals 4 11 0 .267 285 370

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AFC Championship Game[edit]

  • Denver Broncos 38, Cleveland Browns 33
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 3 21 9 33
Broncos 14 7 10 7 38

at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado

  • Game attendance: 75,993

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All-Time Assistant Coaches". ClevelandBrowns.com. Archived from the original on May 22, 2008. Retrieved July 31, 2011. 
  2. ^ 2010 NFL Record and Fact Book (PDF). National Football League. p. 382. Retrieved July 31, 2011.