1962 Cleveland Browns season
|1962 Cleveland Browns season|
|Head coach||Paul Brown|
|Home field||Cleveland Stadium|
|Division place||3rd NFL Eastern|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
|1||August 11, 1962||at Detroit Lions||L 17–14|
|2||August 18, 1962||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 33–10|
|3||August 25, 1962||vs. San Francisco 49ers at Portland, OR||W 34–27|
|4||September 1, 1962||at Los Angeles Rams||W 26–24|
|5||September 7, 1962||at Chicago Bears||W 28–24|
Regular season schedule
|1||September 16, 1962||New York Giants||W 17–7|
|2||September 23, 1962||Washington Redskins||L 17–16|
|3||September 30, 1962||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 35–7|
|4||October 7, 1962||Dallas Cowboys||W 19–10|
|5||October 14, 1962||Baltimore Colts||L 36–14|
|6||October 21, 1962||at St. Louis Cardinals||W 34–7|
|7||October 28, 1962||at Pittsburgh Steelers||W 41–14|
|8||November 4, 1962||Philadelphia Eagles||T 14–14|
|9||November 11, 1962||at Washington Redskins||L 17–9|
|10||November 18, 1962||St. Louis Cardinals||W 38–14|
|11||November 25, 1962||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 35–14|
|12||December 2, 1962||at Dallas Cowboys||L 45–21|
|13||December 9, 1962||at New York Giants||L 17–13|
|14||December 15, 1962||at San Francisco 49ers||W 13–10|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|NFL Eastern Conference|
|New York Giants||12||2||0||.857||10–2||398||283||W9|
|St. Louis Cardinals||4||9||1||.308||4–7–1||287||356||W2|
Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.
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