2002 Cleveland Browns Season
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2002 Cleveland Browns Season
2002 Cleveland Browns season
OwnerAlfred Lerner (Until October 2, 2002)
Randolph Lerner (Took position October 2, 2002)
Head coachButch Davis
Home fieldCleveland Browns Stadium
Local radioWTAM · WMMS
Results
Record9-7
Division place2nd AFC North
Playoff finishLost Wild Card playoffs (at Steelers) 33-36

The 2002 season was the Cleveland Browns' 54th as a professional sports franchise, their 50th as a member of the National Football League, and the second season under head coach Butch Davis.

In their opener against the Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dwayne Rudd cost the Browns a victory when he threw his helmet in celebration, incurring an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty that allowed the Chiefs' Morten Andersen to kick a 30-yard field goal to win the game.

The Browns made their only playoff appearance since their re-activation. It was only the Browns' fourth year since returning to the league effectively as an expansion team, and their first winning season. As of 2019, this is the last time that the team has made the NFL playoffs. The Browns then lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild card round.

Offseason

Additions Subtractions
T Ryan Tucker (Rams) LB Wali Rainer (Jaguars)
FS Robert Griffith (Vikings) T Roman Oben (Buccaneers)
LB Earl Holmes (Steelers) DE Greg Spires (Buccaneers)
DE Kenard Lang (Redskins) DE Keith McKenzie (Bears)

2002 NFL Draft

Undrafted free agents

2002 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Frisman Jackson Wide Receiver Western Illinois
Kalvin Pearson Safety Grambling State

Roster

[1]

Regular season

Schedule

Apart from their AFC North division games, the Browns played against the AFC South and NFC South according to the NFL's new conference rotation, and played the Chiefs and Jets based on 2001 standings with respect to the newly aligned divisions.

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

Game summaries

Week 8: at New York Jets

Standings

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

Postseason

Game Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
AFC Wild Card January 5 at Pittsburgh Steelers (3) L 33-36 0-1 Heinz Field 62,595

Game summaries

References

  1. ^ Cleveland Browns 2002 Roster accessed November 28, 2018.

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