1987 Cleveland Browns Season
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1987 Cleveland Browns Season
1987 Cleveland Browns season
Head coachMarty Schottenheimer
General managerErnie Accorsi
OwnerArt Modell
Home fieldCleveland Municipal Stadium
Local radioWWWE · WDOK
Results
Record10-5
Division place1st AFC Central
Playoff finishWon Divisional Playoffs (Colts) 38-21 Lost Conference Championship (Broncos) 33-38
A ticket for the AFC Championship Game between the Browns and the Broncos.

The 1987 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 38th season in the National Football League.

Led by another 3,000-yard season from Bernie Kosar, the Browns captured their third-straight AFC Central crown. In the divisional playoffs, against the Indianapolis Colts at Municipal Stadium, the Browns routed the Colts 38-21 to advance to their second-straight AFC Championship Game. For the second year in a row, the Browns were matched up against the Denver Broncos for a trip to Super Bowl XXII. The Browns fell behind early at Mile High Stadium, as the Broncos roared out to a big halftime lead. However, the Browns scored 30 points in the second half, and drove down the field in the late fourth quarter with a chance to score a game-tying touchdown. With 1:12 left in the game, RB Earnest Byner was stripped of the ball at the 2-yard line by Broncos' defensive back Jeremiah Castille in a play since dubbed The Fumble. Denver ran down the clock and took an intentional safety with 8 seconds left, and the Browns fell 38-33. Denver returned to the Super Bowl for a second straight year at the expense of the Browns.

Personnel

Staff

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Roster

Schedule

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 13, 1987 at New Orleans Saints L 28-21 59,900
2 September 20, 1987 Pittsburgh Steelers W 34-10 79,543
3 September 28, 1987 Denver Broncos canceled
4 October 4, 1987 at New England Patriots W 20-10 14,830
5 October 11, 1987 Houston Oilers L 15-10 38,927
6 October 18, 1987 at Cincinnati Bengals W 34-0 40,179
7 October 26, 1987 Los Angeles Rams W 30-17 76,933
8 November 1, 1987 at San Diego Chargers L 27-24 55,381
9 November 8, 1987 Atlanta Falcons W 38-3 71,135
10 November 15, 1987 Buffalo Bills W 27-21 78,409
11 November 22, 1987 at Houston Oilers W 40-7 51,161
12 November 29, 1987 at San Francisco 49ers L 38-24 60,248
13 December 6, 1987 Indianapolis Colts L 9-7 70,661
14 December 13, 1987 Cincinnati Bengals W 38-24 77,331
15 December 20, 1987 at Los Angeles Raiders W 24-17 40,275
16 December 26, 1987 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 19-13 56,394

Game Summaries

Week 9: vs. Atlanta

Playoffs

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Divisional January 9, 1988 Indianapolis Colts W 38-21 78,586
Conference Championship January 17, 1988 at Denver Broncos L 38-33 75,993

AFC Divisional Game

AFC Championship Game

Standings

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns(2) 10 5 0 .667 5-1 8-3 390 239 W3
Houston Oilers(4) 9 6 0 .600 5-1 7-4 345 349 W2
Pittsburgh Steelers 8 7 0 .533 2-4 6-5 285 299 L2
Cincinnati Bengals 4 11 0 .267 0-6 3-9 285 370 L3

References

  1. ^ "All-Time Assistant Coaches". ClevelandBrowns.com. Archived from the original on May 22, 2008. Retrieved 2011.

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