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1964 Cleveland Browns season
Head Coach Blanton Collier
Home Field Cleveland Stadium
Results
Record 10–3–1
Place 1st NFL Eastern
Playoff Finish Won NFL Championship (4)
Timeline
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1963 1965

The 1964 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 19th season, and 15th season with the National Football League. The Browns won the NFL Championship, despite having not made the playoffs in six seasons.[1]

Regular season Edit

The regular season was a success with the Browns finishing with a regular season record of 10–3–1.They were coached by Blanton Collier who had replaced the historic Paul Brown the previous season. The team had a tremendous amount of heart, which was demonstrated by the fact that they had key commanding wins throughout the season. For instance, they swept their arch rival New York Giants, who the previous year had edged them out as the eastern conference champion. Not only did they win both times that they played against the Giants but both wins were very convincing, the first being a 42–20 home victory and the second being a 52–20 away victory. The second victory over the Giants was a clutch, season ending game that clinched the eastern conference title. Many of the Browns' wins during the regular season were in a very commanding manner, with a 37–21 win over the Detroit Lions being a prime example. The win over the Lions carried extra significance due to the fact that the Lions had been the team that knocked them out of the conference champion hunt the previous season by beating them 38–10 in the second to last regular season game.

The Browns were led by Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown who had a stellar regular season, rushing for 1,446 yards with a 5.2 yards/carry average. Although they had a great rushing game, the Browns had a very balanced offense, choosing not to just hand the ball to Brown on every play. The quarterback of the team was Frank Ryan who had a decent season throwing for 2,404 yards and 25 touchdowns while throwing 19 interceptions. The top receivers of the team were Paul Warfield and Gary Collins, the second of whom would become a legend by catching three touchdowns in the championship game against the heavily favored Baltimore Colts.[2][3]

Championship GameEdit

Leading into the game, the Browns were huge underdogs. Most experts had them losing by double digits. Baltimore was so heavily favored that after the Browns won the game, Sports Illustrated had to scramble to find a picture of a Browns player to put on its cover. Baltimore had the league's best offense and had a league best record of 12–2. They were stacked with future Hall of Famers such as Johnny Unitas, Lenny Moore, and John Mackey. The Browns though, were unfazed by the apparent talent disparity and Jim Brown was reported stating before the game, "we're going to kick their [butt] today." The game-time temperature that day was 34 degrees and felt much colder in 15- to 25-mph winds whipping under gray December sky. The Municipal Stadium crowd of 79,544 was the second largest in NFL title-game history at the time. The Browns knew that if they wanted to be in the game they had to make a statement early on, and they did just that. Galen Fiss, the Browns team captain, broke up a screen pass from Unitas to Moore, sending Moore airborne for a loss. The Browns tenacity on defense is what got them to the half time score of 0–0. Brown's running back Ernie Green reported after the game about half time, "We cleaned ourselves and sat down, and it seemed like something came over all of us. I think we all kind of looked at each other and concluded, 'Hey, we can beat these guys.'" Not only did the Browns "beat" the Colts in the second half, They destroyed them, scoring 27 unanswered points. Gary Collins became a Cleveland Browns legend by catching three touch down passes, the third one being a 51-yarder with Colts defender Bobby Boyd all over him. The biggest story of the game was how well Cleveland's defense played against Baltimore's heralded offense. Cleveland was able to hold Unitas to just 95 yards while intercepting him twice.[4]

Lasting value Edit

This was the last major sports championship won by a Cleveland-based team until 2016, when the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team that was formed in 1970, defeated the defending champion Golden State Warriors in a seven-game NBA Finals. Not only is it remembered in Cleveland but ESPN ranks the '64 title game as the second-greatest NFL postseason upset, behind only Joe Namath's guaranteed win over the Colts in Super Bowl III four seasons later.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Round Overall Player Position School/Club Team
111Paul WarfieldWide Receiver Ohio St
226Billy TruaxDefensive End LSU
454Don ShackelfordTackle Pacific
567Dick KleinTackle Wichita St
795Sammy OdomLinebacker Northwestern (LA) St
8110Leroy KellyRunning Back Morgan St
9123John BriscoeLinebacker Arizona
10135Bobby RobinsonGuard Mississippi
10138Dick Van RaaphorstKicker Ohio St
11151Eddie VersprilleFullback Alabama
12166Ed MitchellTackle Southern
13179Bob MeehanGuard Syracuse
14194Terry SiegRunning Back Virginia
15207John HoutmanTackle Michigan
16222Sid WilliamsEnd Southern
17235Larry BartolameolliTackle Western Michigan
18250Sherman LewisDefensive Back Michigan St
19263Jim HigginsGuard Xavier
20278Dave ArcherTackle Syracuse
[5]

Exhibition scheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 August 9 at San Francisco L 7–26
27,404
2 August 15 at LA Rams W 56–31
43,183
3 August 22 vs. Pittsburgh (@ Fawcett Stadium) W 42–7
27,255
4 August 28 at Detroit W 35–14
36,946
5 September 5 Green Bay W 20–17
83,736

Regular seasonEdit

Schedule Edit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 13 at Washington W 27–13 1-0
47,577
2 September 20 St. Louis T 33–33 1-0-1
76,954
3 September 27 at Philadelphia W 28–20 2-0-1
60,671
4 October 4 Dallas W 27–6 3-0-1
72,062
5 October 10 Pittsburgh L 7–23 3-1-1
80,530
6 October 18 at Dallas W 20–16 4-1-1
37,456
7 October 25 NY Giants W 42–20 5-1-1
81,050
8 November 1 at Pittsburgh W 30–17 6-1-1
49,568
9 November 8 Washington W 34–24 7-1-1
76,385
10 November 15 Detroit W 37–21 8-1-1
83,064
11 November 22 at Green Bay L 21–28 8-2-1
48,065
12 November 29 Philadelphia W 38–24 9-2-1
79,289
13 December 6 at St. Louis L 19–28 9-3-1
31,585
14 December 12 at NY Giants W 52–20 10-3-1
63,007

Game summaries Edit

Week 1: at Washington Redskins Edit

Week One: Cleveland Browns at Washington Redskins – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 13 7 7 27
Redskins 0 10 0 3 13

at DC Stadium, Washington, D.C.

Game information
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First quarter

  • No scoring plays

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

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  • CLE –
  • WSH –

Top rushers

  • CLE –
  • WSH –

Top receivers

  • CLE –
  • WSH –

Top tacklers

  • CLE –
  • WSH –

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Week 2: vs. St. Louis Cardinals Edit

Week Two: St. Louis Cardinals at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 10 3 10 10 33
Browns 6 10 7 10 33

at Cleveland Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
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Second quarter

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Fourth quarter

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  • STL –
  • CLE –

Top rushers

  • STL –
  • CLE –

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  • STL –
  • CLE –

Top tacklers

  • STL –
  • CLE –

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Week 3: at Philadelphia Eagles Edit

Week Three: Cleveland Browns at Philadelphia Eagles – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 7 0 14 7 28
Eagles 7 6 0 7 20

at Franklin Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Game information
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First quarter

Second quarter

  • PHI – Sam Baker 12-yard field goal. Eagles 10–7
  • PHI – Sam Baker 42-yard field goal. Eagles 13–7

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

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  • CLE –
  • PHI –

Top rushers

  • CLE –
  • PHI –

Top receivers

  • CLE –
  • PHI –

Top tacklers

  • CLE –
  • PHI –

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Week 4: vs. Dallas Cowboys Edit

Week Four: Dallas Cowboys at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 6 0 0 6
Browns 7 6 7 7 27

at Cleveland Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
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Fourth quarter

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  • DAL –
  • CLE –

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  • DAL –
  • CLE –

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  • DAL –
  • CLE –

Top tacklers

  • DAL –
  • CLE –

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Week 5: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Edit

Week Five: Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 10 6 7 0 23
Browns 0 7 0 0 7

at Cleveland Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
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First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

  • No scoring plays

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  • CLE –
  • PIT –

Top rushers

  • CLE –
  • PIT –

Top receivers

  • CLE –
  • PIT –

Top tackers

  • CLE –
  • PIT –

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Week 6: at Dallas Cowboys Edit

Week Six: Cleveland Browns at Dallas Cowboys – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 7 6 0 7 20
Cowboys 0 6 10 0 16

at Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas

Game information
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First quarter

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

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  • CLE –
  • DAL –

Top rushers

  • CLE –
  • DAL –

Top receivers

  • CLE –
  • DAL –

Top tacklers

  • CLE –
  • DAL –

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Week 7: vs. New York Giants Edit

Week Seven: New York Giants at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 6 0 7 7 20
Browns 0 7 7 28 42

at Cleveland Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
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First quarter

  • NY – Dick James 1-yard run (kick failed). Giants 6–0

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

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  • NY –
  • CLE –

Top rushers

  • NY –
  • CLE –

Top receivers

  • NY –
  • CLE –

Top tacklers

  • NY –
  • CLE –

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Week 8: at Pittsburgh Steelers Edit

Week Eight: Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 10 10 10 30
Steelers 0 10 0 7 17

at Pitt Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Game information
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First quarter

  • No scoring plays

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

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  • CLE –
  • PIT –

Top rushers

  • CLE –
  • PIT –

Top receivers

  • CLE –
  • PIT –

Top tacklers

  • CLE –
  • PIT –

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Week 9: vs. Washington Redskins Edit

Week Nine: Washington Redskins at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Redskins 0 3 7 14 24
Browns 0 13 14 7 34

at Cleveland Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
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First quarter

  • No scoring plays

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Template:Multicol-break Top passers

  • WSH –
  • CLE –

Top rushers

  • WSH –
  • CLE –

Top receivers

  • WSH –
  • CLE –

Top tacklers

  • WSH –
  • CLE –

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Week 10: vs. Detroit Lions Edit

Week Ten: Detroit Lions at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 14 7 0 0 21
Browns 7 13 7 10 37

at Cleveland Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
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First quarter

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Fourth quarter

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  • DET –
  • CLE –

Top rushers

  • DET –
  • CLE –

Top receivers

  • DET –
  • CLE –

Top tacklers

  • DET –
  • CLE –

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Week 11: at Green Bay Packers Edit

Week Eleven: Cleveland Browns at Green Bay Packers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 14 0 0 7 21
Packers 7 0 14 7 28

at Milwaukee County Stadium, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Game information
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First quarter

Second quarter

  • No scoring plays

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

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  • CLE –
  • GB –

Top rushers

  • CLE –
  • GB –

Top receivers

  • CLE –
  • GB –

Top tacklers

  • CLE –
  • GB –

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Week 12: vs. Philadelphia Eagles Edit

Week Twelve: Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 3 0 7 14 24
Browns 7 14 10 7 38

at Cleveland Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
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First quarter

Second quarter

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Fourth quarter

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  • PHI –
  • CLE –

Top rushers

  • PHI –
  • CLE –

Top receivers

  • PHI –
  • CLE –

Top tacklers

  • PHI –
  • CLE –

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Week 13: at St. Louis Cardinals Edit

Week Thirteen: Cleveland Browns at St. Louis Cardinals – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 3 3 10 19
Cardinals 0 21 7 0 28

at Busch Stadium I, St. Louis, Missouri

Game information
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First quarter

  • CLE – Lou Groza 22-yard field goal. Browns 3–0

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

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  • CLE –
  • STL –

Top rushers

  • CLE –
  • STL –

Top receivers

  • CLE –
  • STL –

Top tacklers

  • CLE –
  • STL –

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Week 14: at New York Giants Edit

Week Fourteen: Cleveland Browns at New York Giants – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 3 21 21 7 52
Giants 0 7 0 13 20

at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

Game information
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First quarter

  • CLE – Lou Groza 39-yard field goal. Browns 3–0

Second quarter

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Template:Multicol-break Top passers

  • CLE –
  • NY –

Top rushers

  • CLE –
  • NY –

Top receivers

  • CLE –
  • NY –

Top tackers

  • CLE –
  • NY –

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Game Officials Edit

Week Opponent Referee Umpire Head Linesman Back Judge Field Judge
1 at Washington (23) Harry Brubaker
2 St. Louis (7) Tom Bell
3 at Philadelphia (52) George Rennix
4 Dallas (56) Norm Schachter
5 Pittsburgh (6) Bernie Ulman
6 at Dallas (3) Bill Downes
7 New York (56) Norm Schachter
8 at Pittsburgh (23) Harry Brubaker
9 Washington (52) George Rennix
10 Detroit (55) John Pace
11 vs. Green Bay (at Milwaukee) (23) Harry Brubaker
12 Philadelphia (3) Bill Downes
13 at St. Louis (50) Tony Skover
14 at New York (35) Art McNally

Playoffs Edit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Championship December 27, 1964 Baltimore Colts W 27–0
79,544

NFL Championship Game: vs. Baltimore Colts Edit

NFL Championship Game: Baltimore Colts at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Colts 0 0 0 0 0
Browns 0 0 17 10 27

at Cleveland Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

Game information
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First quarter

  • No scoring plays

Second quarter

  • No scoring plays

Third quarter

Fourth quarter

Template:Multicol-break Top passers

  • BAL –
  • CLE –

Top rushers

  • BAL –
  • CLE –

Top receivers

  • BAL –
  • CLE –

Top tacklers

  • BAL –
  • CLE –

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Quarter Time Team Drive Scoring Information Score
Length Plays Time BAL CLE
3 CLE FG: Lou Groza 43 yards 0 3
3 CLE TD: Gary Collins 18 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick) 0 10
3 CLE TD: Gary Collins 42 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick) 0 17
4 CLE FG: Lou Groza 9 yards 0 20
4 CLE TD: Gary Collins 51 yard pass from Frank Ryan (Lou Groza kick) 0 27

Officials Edit

Round Opponent Referee Umpire Head Linesman Back Judge Field Judge Alternates
NFL Championship Game Baltimore (56) Norm Schachter (57) Joe Connell (30) George Murphy (25) Tom Kelleher (16) Mike Lisetski (52) George Rennix, (29) Stan Jaworowski

Standings Edit

NFL Eastern
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns 10 3 1 .769 415 293 W-1
St. Louis Cardinals 9 3 2 .750 357 331 W-4
Philadelphia Eagles 6 8 0 .429 312 313 L-1
Washington Redskins 6 8 0 .429 307 305 L-2
Dallas Cowboys 5 8 1 .385 250 289 W-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 9 0 .357 253 315 L-1
New York Giants 2 10 2 .167 241 399 L-4

PersonnelEdit

Staff/CoachesEdit

1964 Cleveland Browns staff
Front Office
  • Owner - Art Modell
  • General Manager - Harold Sauerbrei

Coaching staff

Offensive Coaches

Defensive Coaches

Strength & Conditioning

  • Trainer - Leo Murphy
  • Equipment Manager - Morrie Kono

RosterEdit

1964 Cleveland Browns roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Rookies in italics

[6]

Media Edit

Pre Season Local TV Edit

Local TV Play-by-play Color commentator
WEWS-TV 5 Ken Coleman Warren Lahr

Radio Edit

Flagship station Play-by-play Color commentator
WERE–AM 1300 (main)

WGAR–AM 1220 (backup)

Gib Shanley Jim Graner

Awards and records Edit

Milestones Edit

1965 NFL Pro Bowl (1964 NFL Season), January 10, 1965 Edit

1965 Pro Bowl Edit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Last playoff appearance, 1958
  2. King, Steve. "History: 1964". The Official Website of the Cleveland Browns. Retrieved April 12, 2012.
  3. "Team History". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved April 12, 2012
  4. Lubinger, Ben. "Cleveland Browns fans still cherish 1964 NFL championship season, more than two generations later". The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Retrieved April 12, 2012.
  5. Cleveland Browns 2018 Media Guide. Cleveland Browns. p. 306.
  6. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/cle/1964_roster.htm

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