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1986 Cleveland Browns season
Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer
Home Field Cleveland Stadium
Results
Record 12–4
Place 1st AFC Central
Playoff Finish Lost AFC Conference Championship
Uniform
AFCN-Throwback-Uniform-CLE
Timeline
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The 1986 Cleveland Browns season was the team's 37th season with the National Football League. The death of Don Rogers, a promising young defensive back who was preparing to enter his third season in the NFL, cast a black cloud over the team as it prepared for the 1986 season.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Round Player Position School/Club Team

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1986 Cleveland Browns staff
Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

  Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

[1]

Regular seasonEdit

Cleveland opened the regular season on the road against the defending Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears. While the Browns played well in scoring 31 points against the feared Chicago defense, they surrendered a season-high 41 points in a losing effort. The team responded well and won four of the next five games, including wins against divisional rivals Houston and Pittsburgh. The win against Pittsburgh snapped a losing streak of sixteen games for the Browns in Three Rivers Stadium.

After a week seven loss at home against the Green Bay Packers, the Browns won eight of their last nine regular season games to capture the AFC Central division title and finish the year with a franchise-record 12 wins (against 4 losses).

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 7, 1986 at Chicago Bears L 41–31
66,030
2 September 14, 1986 at Houston Oilers W 23–20
46,049
3 September 18, 1986 Cincinnati Bengals L 30–13
78,779
4 September 28, 1986 Detroit Lions W 24–21
72,029
5 October 5, 1986 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 27–24
57,327
6 October 12, 1986 Kansas City Chiefs W 20–7
71,278
7 October 19, 1986 Green Bay Packers L 17–14
76,438
8 October 26, 1986 at Minnesota Vikings W 23–20
59,133
9 November 2, 1986 at Indianapolis Colts W 24–9
57,962
10 November 10, 1986 Miami Dolphins W 26–16
77,949
11 November 16, 1986 at Los Angeles Raiders L 27–14
65,461
12 November 23, 1986 Pittsburgh Steelers W 37–31
76,452
13 November 30, 1986 Houston Oilers W 13–10
62,309
14 December 7, 1986 at Buffalo Bills W 21–17
42,213
15 December 14, 1986 at Cincinnati Bengals W 34–3
58,062
16 December 21, 1986 San Diego Chargers W 47–17
68,505

StandingsEdit

AFC Central
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns 12 4 0 .750 391 310 W-5
Cincinnati Bengals 10 6 0 .625 409 394 W-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 10 0 .375 307 336 L-1
Houston Oilers 5 11 0 .313 274 329 W-2

Best PerformancesEdit

  • Bernie Kosar, November 10, 1986, 401 passing yards vs. Miami Dolphins[2]
  • Bernie Kosar, November 23, 1986, 414 passing yards vs. Pittsburgh Steelers[2]

PlayoffsEdit

The first round opponent for the Browns in the playoffs was the New York Jets. In a marathon game that lasted over four hours, the Browns won their first playoff game in 18 years, 23–20, on a 27-yard Mark Moseley field goal in double overtime.

Eight days later, the Browns hosted the Denver Broncos to determine the AFC Championship and a trip to Pasadena, California to face the New York Giants in the Super Bowl. In a repeat of the Browns' playoff game from the previous week, the game was, once again, undecided at the end of regulation with both teams having scored 20 points.Even though the Browns had star defensive players like Lawyer Tillman and Cory Chaney, The Broncos offense would not give up. The Broncos forced overtime on a 98-yard possession at the end of the fourth quarter that culminated in a game-tying touchdown and later became known simply as "The Drive". The Browns received the ball to begin the overtime period, but were forced to punt after running only three plays. The Broncos then took possession and ultimately scored the game winning points on a 33-yard field goal by Rich Karlis to send Denver to the Super Bowl.

Week Date Opponent Result
Division January 3, 1987 New York Jets W 23–20
Conference Championship January 11, 1987 Denver Broncos L 23–20

AFC Divisional PlayoffEdit

Cleveland Browns 23, New York Jets 20 (2OT)
1 2 3 4 Total
Jets 7 3 3 7

20

Browns 7 3 0 10

23

at Cleveland Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

AFC Championship GameEdit

Denver Broncos 23, Cleveland Browns 20 (OT)
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 10 3 7

23

Browns 7 3 0 10

20

at Cleveland Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

This game is best remembered for The Drive when the Broncos drove 98 yards to tie the game with 37 seconds left in regulation, and Denver kicker Rich Karlis made the game-winning 33-yard field goal 5:38 into overtime.

ReferencesEdit

  1. "All-Time Assistant Coaches". ClevelandBrowns.com. Archived from the original on May 22, 2008. http://web.archive.org/web/20080522125743/http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/team/history/assistant.php. Retrieved February 6, 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 978-0-7611-2480-1, p. 439
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