1960 Cleveland Browns season

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1960 Cleveland Browns season
Head coach Paul Brown
Home field Cleveland Stadium
Results
Record 8–3–1
Division place 2nd NFL Eastern
Playoff finish Lost in Playoff Bowl

The 1960 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 11th season with the National Football League. The 1960 Browns compiled an 8–3–1 record, and finished second in the NFL's Eastern Conference, behind the NFL champion Philadelphia Eagles. As runner-up, the Browns qualified for the inaugural third place Playoff Bowl in Miami, but lost 17–16 to the Detroit Lions on January 7.

Exhibition schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 August 14 at Detroit Lions W 28–14
24,620
2 August 18 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 27–24
16,360
3 August 27 at Los Angeles Rams L 22–17
48,175
4 September 3 vs. San Francisco 49ers at Portland W 26–24
25,898
5 September 10 vs. Chicago Bears at Akron W 16–10
21,568
6 September 17 Detroit Lions W 14–10
25,911

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 25 at Philadelphia Eagles W 41–24 1–0
56,303
2 October 2 Pittsburgh Steelers W 28–20 2–0
67,692
3 October 9 Bye
4 October 16 at Dallas Cowboys W 48–7 3–0
28,500
5 October 23 Philadelphia Eagles L 31–29 3–1
64,850
6 October 30 at Washington Redskins W 31–10 4–1
32,086
7 November 6 New York Giants L 17–13 4–2
82,872
8 November 13 St. Louis Cardinals W 28–27 5–2
49,192
9 November 20 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 14–10 5–3
35,215
10 November 27 at St. Louis Cardinals T 17–17 5–3–1
26,146
11 December 4 Washington Redskins W 27–16 6–3–1
35,211
12 December 11 Chicago Bears W 42–0 7–3–1
38,155
13 December 18 at New York Giants W 48–34 8–3–1
56,517
  • A bye week was necessary in 1960, as the league expanded to an odd-number (13) of teams (Dallas); one team was idle each week.

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Browns 14 10 7 10 41
Eagles 3 7 0 14 24
  • Date: September 25
  • Location: Franklin Field
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16 °C), wind 9 mph (14 km/h)

[1]

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Philadelphia Eagles 10 2 0 .833 8–2 321 246 W1
Cleveland Browns 8 3 1 .727 6–3–1 362 217 W3
New York Giants 6 4 2 .600 5–4–1 271 261 L1
St. Louis Cardinals 6 5 1 .545 4–5–1 288 230 W1
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 6 1 .455 4–5–1 240 275 L1
Washington Redskins 1 9 2 .100 0–8–2 178 309 L8

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Roster[edit]

Postseason[edit]

Main article: Playoff Bowl
Round Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
Playoff Bowl January 7, 1961 Detroit Lions L 17–16 Orange Bowl
34,981

Awards and records[edit]

  • Jim Brown, NFL Rushing Leader, 1,257 yards
  • Milt Plum, NFL Leader, Passing Yards, (2,297)

Milestones[edit]

  • Jim Brown, Third Consecutive 1,000 yard season
  • Jim Brown, Fourth Consecutive Rushing Title

References[edit]