1962 Cleveland Browns season

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1962 Cleveland Browns season
Head coach Paul Brown
Home field Cleveland Stadium
Local radio WERE
Results
Record 7–6–1
Division place 3rd NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1962 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 13th season with the National Football League.

Exhibition schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 August 11, 1962 at Detroit Lions L 17–14
34,241
2 August 18, 1962 Pittsburgh Steelers W 33–10
77,683
3 August 25, 1962 vs. San Francisco 49ers at Portland, OR W 34–27
27,161
4 September 1, 1962 at Los Angeles Rams W 26–24
43,118
5 September 7, 1962 at Chicago Bears W 28–24
57,878

Regular season schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 16, 1962 New York Giants W 17–7
81,115
2 September 23, 1962 Washington Redskins L 17–16
57,491
3 September 30, 1962 at Philadelphia Eagles L 35–7
60,671
4 October 7, 1962 Dallas Cowboys W 19–10
44,040
5 October 14, 1962 Baltimore Colts L 36–14
80,132
6 October 21, 1962 at St. Louis Cardinals W 34–7
23,256
7 October 28, 1962 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 41–14
35,417
8 November 4, 1962 Philadelphia Eagles T 14–14
63,848
9 November 11, 1962 at Washington Redskins L 17–9
48,169
10 November 18, 1962 St. Louis Cardinals W 38–14
41,815
11 November 25, 1962 Pittsburgh Steelers W 35–14
53,601
12 December 2, 1962 at Dallas Cowboys L 45–21
24,226
13 December 9, 1962 at New York Giants L 17–13
62,794
14 December 15, 1962 at San Francisco 49ers W 13–10
35,274

Game Summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

The Browns gave a record opening-day crowd of 81,115 at Cleveland Stadium something to remember in a 17-7 victory over the Giants. The game's most memorable play is a flea-flicker that set up a 29-yard Lou Groza field goal. Quarterback Jim Ninowski hands the ball to Jim Brown, who hands to receiver Ray Renfro, who hands the ball back to Ninowski, who completes a 53-yard pass to Rich Kreitling.

Week 2[edit]

Bobby Mitchell, traded by coach Paul Brown to Washington during the offseason, haunts his old team by scoring the winning touchdown in a 17-16 Redskins victory at Cleveland. With the Browns leading 16-10 late in the fourth quarter and trying to run out the clock, Jim Brown fumbles, giving the Redskins possession near midfield. Norm Snead throws a short pass to Mitchell, who races for the go-ahead touchdown. The Browns get two shots at a final-minute game-winning field goal, but both of Lou Groza's attempts are blocked.

Week 5[edit]

The Browns are beaten decisively by the Colts 36-14 at Cleveland Stadium. The Browns do not get a first down until the Colts had a 23-0 lead. Jim Brown had his worst rushing total ever: 11 yards on 14 attempts, with seven of those yards coming on one carry.

Week 8[edit]

In one of the uglier games played at Cleveland Stadium, the Browns and Philadelphia Eagles combine for eight turnovers and five missed field goals in a 14-14 tie. Jim Brown finishes with 69 rushing yards on 20 carries, his seventh consecutive game with fewer than 100 yards.

Week 11[edit]

Jim Brown, ending the longest 100-yard drought of his career at nine games, pounds for 110 in a 35-14 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Stadium. Frank Ryan complements Brown by throwing for 284 yards and three touchdowns.

Week 14[edit]

In what would be the final game of Paul Brown's Cleveland coaching career, the Browns beat the San Francisco 49ers, 13-10 at Kezar Stadium. The Browns avoid their second losing season but cannot save their coach's job. Needed 139 yards for another 1,000-yard campaign, Jim Brown falls just short, ending the year at 996. Although Brown fails to win a rushing title for the first time in his career, he does lead the team in receiving for the first time, catching 47 passes for 517 yards and five touchdowns.

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
New York Giants 12 2 0 .857 10–2 398 283 W9
Pittsburgh Steelers 9 5 0 .643 8–4 312 363 W3
Cleveland Browns 7 6 1 .538 6–5–1 291 257 W1
Washington Redskins 5 7 2 .417 4–6–2 305 376 L1
Dallas Cowboys 5 8 1 .385 4–7–1 398 402 L2
St. Louis Cardinals 4 9 1 .308 4–7–1 287 356 W2
Philadelphia Eagles 3 10 1 .231 3–8–1 282 356 L2

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

Roster[edit]

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