2002 Cleveland Browns season

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2002 Cleveland Browns season
Head coach Butch Davis
Owner

Alfred Lerner (Until October 2, 2002)

Randolph Lerner (Took position October 2, 2002)
Home field Cleveland Browns Stadium
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 2nd AFC North
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card playoffs (Steelers) 36–33
Uniform
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The 2002 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 54th season and 50th with the National Football League.

The Browns made the playoffs for the first time since their inaugural season as an expansion franchise. It was only the Browns' fourth year since the expansion, and their first winning season. It would also prove to be the only time that the team made the NFL playoffs in the 2000s (decade). It marks the last time that the Browns have qualified for the postseason.[1] The close loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wildcard round kept the Browns from advancing in the postseason.

2002 NFL Draft[edit]

Draft order Player name Position College
Round Pick
1 16 William Green Running back Boston College
2 47 André Davis Wide Receiver Virginia Tech
3 76 Melvin Fowler Offensive Lineman Maryland
4 101 Kevin Bentley Linebacker Northwestern
4 111 Ben Taylor Linebacker Virginia Tech
4 122 Darnell Sanders Tight end Ohio State
5 141 Andra Davis Linebacker Florida
7 227 Joaquin Gonzalez Offensive Lineman Miami

Schedule[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Stadium Record Network Kickoff Attendance
1 September 8 Kansas City Chiefs L 40–39 Cleveland Browns Stadium 0–1 CBS 1:00pm 72,938
2 September 15 Cincinnati Bengals W 20–7 Cleveland Browns Stadium 1–1 CBS 1:00pm 73,358
3 September 22 at Tennessee Titans W 31–28 (OT) Adelphia Coliseum 2–1 CBS 1:00pm 68,804
4 September 29 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 16–13 Heinz Field 2–2 CBS 1:00pm 62,864
5 October 6 Baltimore Ravens L 26–21 Cleveland Browns Stadium 2–3 ESPN 8:30pm 73,688
6 October 13 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 17–3 Raymond James Stadium 2–4 CBS 1:00pm 65,625
7 October 20 Houston Texans W 34–17 Cleveland Browns Stadium 3–4 CBS 1:00pm 73,248
8 October 27 at New York Jets W 24–21 The Meadowlands 4–4 CBS 1:00pm 78,502
9 November 3 Pittsburgh Steelers L 23–20 Cleveland Browns Stadium 4–5 CBS 1:00pm 73,718
10 Bye
11 November 17 at Cincinnati Bengals W 27–20 Paul Brown Stadium 5–5 CBS 1:00pm 64,060
12 November 24 at New Orleans Saints W 24–15 Louisiana Superdome 6–5 CBS 1:00pm 68,295
13 December 1 Carolina Panthers L 13–6 Cleveland Browns Stadium 6–6 FOX 1:00pm 72,718
14 December 8 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 21–20 Alltel Stadium 7–6 CBS 1:00pm 46,267
15 December 15 Indianapolis Colts L 28–23 Cleveland Browns Stadium 7–7 CBS 1:00pm 73,098
16 December 22 at Baltimore Ravens W 14–13 M&T Bank Stadium 8–7 CBS 4:15pm 68,348
17 December 29 Atlanta Falcons W 24–16 Cleveland Browns Stadium 9–7 FOX 1:00pm 73,528

Game summary[edit]

Week 17: vs. Atlanta[edit]

Week 17: Atlanta Falcons at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 7 9 0 16
Browns 3 7 0 14 24

at Cleveland Browns Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: December 29
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 34°F, relative humidity 85%, round (wind) 6 MPH
  • Game attendance: 73,528
  • Referee: Johnny Grier
  • TV announcers (Fox): Kenny Albert (play–by–play), Tim Green (color commentator) and Tony Rizzo (sideline reporter)
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Game information

Playoffs[edit]

Game Date Opponent Result Stadium Record Attendance
AFC Wild Card January 5 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 36–33 Heinz Field 9–8 62,595

Game Summary[edit]

AFC Wild Card: Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 7 10 7 9 33
Steelers 0 7 7 22 36

at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh

  • Date: January 5, 2003
  • Game time: 1:01 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 27°F, relative humidity 90°F, round (wind) 5 MPH
  • TV: CBS
  • Boxscore [2]
Game information

Standings[edit]

AFC North
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) Pittsburgh Steelers 10 5 1 .656 6–0 8–4 390 345 W3
(6) Cleveland Browns 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 344 320 W2
Baltimore Ravens 7 9 0 .438 3–3 7–5 316 354 L2
Cincinnati Bengals 2 14 0 .125 0–6 1–11 279 456 L1

References[edit]

  1. ^ As of the 2015 NFL season