For much of its history, Cleveland has been witness to some of the most heart-breaking scenes when it comes to professional sports, a number of which can be attributed to the football team the Cleveland Browns.
In this feature, we take a closer look at the five devastating sports moments that will forever be a part of the Browns lore.
The miracle of the
In Week 15 of the 1980 season, the Browns were in good shape to take on the road with the win against the Minnesota Vikings. They had what was apparently a comfortable 23-9 lead in the final minutes of the fourth quarter of the year.
It would take a miracle for Minnesota to overcome a two touchdown deficit. Apparently, the football gods have heard their prayers.
Quarterback Tommy Kramer and led the Vikings’ series of incredible plays that took them to within a point with 14 seconds to go in regulation. As a tip, Hail Mary pass found its way to Ahmad Rashad in the arms, and covered from the Last ” s ” is a miraculous rally in the Viking die-hards, at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome into a frenzy, and Browns fans are seeing red.
Speaking of red…
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The 1981 Divisional Round game between the Browns and the visiting Oakland Raiders was a well-contested affair throughout, with neither team leading by more than six percentage points.
Cleveland had the ball at the Raiders’ 12-yard line and, trailing 14-12 with less than a minute to go in regulation. Instead of playing it safe and going for a run by quarterback Brian Sipe — the after consultation with the head coach, Sam Rutigliano, for the call for proposals for “The red Lock to the Right, Halfback Residence, 88,” to a passing play.
The harsh decision is unsuccessful, when Sipe’s throw it landed right in the waiting arms of a safety, Mike Davis, to seal the Raiders ‘ victory.
Oakland would have to go all the way later in the postseason to win Super Bowl XV over the Philadelphia Eagles.
John Elway is arguably one of the best players in the clutch, and on Jan. 11, 1987, in Brown, fans have had the unfortunate privilege of witnessing it first-hand.
Cleveland was in an excellent position to win the AFC Championship with 5:32 to go in regulation, Elway and his Broncos were pinned at their own two-yard line. Elway, however, the quietly orchestrated, the Denver comeback was interrupted by a a five-yard touchdown pass to By Mark Jackson, is that they have to tie up the game.
Denver is ready for their send-off in overtime and Rich Karlis’ 33-yard field goal just slipped in the left-hand goal post as shocked as the Municipal Stadium crowd looked on.
The Browns have never forced the Broncos to a fourth down on the next come-back.
Brown was the Nation, was eager to take revenge in the 1988 AFC Championship Game against the Denver Broncos, the same team that broke their hearts, in their last post-season scouting.
In what appears to be a complete 180-degree turn of events, it was the Brown that was in the middle of a huge comeback that they were able to draw within seven points as the clock read 1:12 in the fourth quarter of the year.
The stage was set for a game-tying play when the ball has been placed on the Broncos’ eight-yard line. Ernst Byner, in the event of a transfer of Bernie Kosar, wiggled his way into the end zone, but it was right in the Jeremiah Castille’s one-yard lin.
It is a crucial to to stop and stripped Byner and the Browns, their dreams of revenge.
As gut-wrenching as the previous one, on the field, those moments, this is exactly what took place following the season of 1995 and that are still hurting for the Brown faithful in the most. The owner, Art Modell, decided to move out of their beloved football team to Baltimore.
In order to make the long story short, make, Model, wanted, public funding for the renovation of the old Cleveland Stadium when he was alleged to have lost more than $21 million between 1993 and 1994. In spite of the best of the city’s effort to grant his request, made in germany, nevertheless, rejected Cleveland’s comprehensive plan, and agreed to the establishment of the Baltimore Ravens.
To add to the misery of Browns fans, and they saw the Ravens win a Super Bowl in their fifth year of existence. Baltimore added another Vince Lombardi Trophy to their collection, 12 years later, and while the Browns have yet to achieve the elusive feat.