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Year by Year Results: 2009
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The 2009 season for the Browns got off to an early start when Eric Mangini was introduced as the 12th full-time head coach in the franchise's history on January 8, 2009.

The Browns started slow, going 1-11 in their first 12 games. Their only win was a 6-3 win at the Buffalo Bills. Punter Dave Zastudil pinned the Bills back inside the 20-yard line a career-high seven times and earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors. One of Zastudil's punts was fumbled by Bills returner Roscoe Parrish and recovered by Browns linebacker Blake Costanzo. Billy Cundiff kicked a field goal on the ensuing drive to seal the victory.

Despite the slow start to the season, the Browns found their rhythm offensively and defensively and became just the second team to win its final four games of the year since the NFL switched to a 16-game schedule in 1978. The 1993 New England Patriots were the first franchise in league history to accomplish the feat.

The Browns won their first of four games against the Pittsburgh Steelers on a bitterly cold December night in front of a national television audience on the NFL Network's Thursday Night Football broadcast. The Browns sacked quarterback Ben Roethlisberger eight times and used Joshua Cribbs' rushing skills out of The Wildcat formation to gain the 13-6 win, their first over the Steelers in the last 13 tries.

Ten days later, the Browns ran and returned their way to a 41-34 shootout victory against the Kansas City Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium.

Joshua Cribbs returned two kickoffs for touchdowns, becoming just the second player ever to have two kickoff return touchdowns of 100 or more yards. The only other player to accomplish that feat was Cleveland Glenville product Ted Ginn Jr.

In addition to Cribbs' accomplishments, Jerome Harrison ran for a franchise record 286 yards and three touchdowns. Harrison's total was the third-highest in NFL history, trailing only Jamal Lewis' 295 yards and Adrian Peterson's 296 yards. Harrison's mark broke the Browns' single-game rushing record by 49 yards. Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown set the original mark of 237 yards on November 24, 1957 against the Los Angeles Rams and equally the record nearly four years later against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Cribbs and Harrison combined for 614 total yards, the most-ever all-purpose yards by two teammates. The old record of 550 yards was set by Jerry Rice and Dexter Carter of the San Francisco 49ers on December 18, 1995.

One week later, Harrison set the franchise record for carries in a game with 39 rushing attempts in a 23-9 victory over the Oakland Raiders.

The Browns closed out the 2009 season with a 23-17 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. During the final four weeks of the 2009 season, the Browns led the NFL with 900 yards rushing on 181 carries. They also had seven rushing touchdowns during the four-game winning streak. The Browns finished the year with 77 penalties, the third-lowest amount in the NFL.

Year Results
Preseason Results
National Football League: 2-2
at Green Bay Packers (69,091) L, 0-17
Detroit Lions (67,154) W, 27-10
Tennessee Titans (67,400) W, 23-17
at Chicago Bears (61,583) L, 23-26
Regular Season Results
 Regular SeasonPlayoffsCombined Record
LeagueWLTPCTWLTPCTWLTPCT
NFL 5 11 0 .313 0 0 0 .000 5 11 0 .313
DateResultOpponentAtt.
13-Sep L, 20-34 Minnesota 70,560
20-Sep L, 6-27 at Denver 73,931
27-Sep L, 3-34 at Baltimore 70,950
4-Oct L, 20-23 Cincinnati 69,844
11-Oct W, 6-3 at Buffalo 70,526
18-Oct L, 14-27 at Pittsburgh 64,398
25-Oct L, 3-31 Green Bay 69,797
1-Nov L, 6-30 at Chicago 62,262
16-Nov L, 0-16 Baltimore 69,023
22-Nov L, 37-38 at Detroit 43,170
29-Nov L, 7-16 at Cincinnati 64,553
6-Dec L, 23-30 San Diego 67,978
10-Dec W, 13-6 Pittsburgh 69,009
20-Dec W, 41-34 at Kansas City 53,315
27-Dec W, 23-9 Oakland 67,964
3-Jan W, 23-17 Jacksonville 66,935
Score By Periods
1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Tot.
Browns 66 70 46 63 0 --- 245
Opponents 65 132 87 88 3 --- 375
Team Statistics
BrownsOpponents
Total First Downs 237 336
Rushing 102 120
Passing 118 189
Penalty 17 27
3rd Down: Made/Att 76/233 86/221
3rd Down Pct. 32.6 38.9
4th Down: Made/Att 10/15 10/20
4th Down Pct. 66.7 50.0
Possesion Avg. 28:28 31:32
Total Net Yards 4,163 6,229
Avg. Per Game 260.2 389.3
Total Plays 971 1,072
Avg. Per Play 4.3 5.8
Net Yards Rushing 2,087 2,314
Avg. Per Game 130.4 144.6
Total Rushes 498 506
Net Yards Passing 2,076 3,915
Avg. Per Game 129.8 244.7
Sacked/Yards Lost 30/179 40/234
Gross Yards 2,255
4,149
Attempts/Completions 443/219 526/313
Completion Pct. 49.4 59.5
Had Intercepted 18 10
Punts/Avg. 94/42.3 77/43.1
Net Punting Avg. 94/37.8 77/35.4
Penalties/Yards Lost 77/678 101/812
Fumbles/Ball Lost 21/13 17/9
Touchdowns 25 41
Rushing 10 15
Passing 11 22
Returns 4 4
Scoring
TDRUPARTPATFG2PTPTS
Dawson 0 0 0 0 18/19 17/19 0 69
Harrison 7 5 2 0 0 0 0 42
Cribbs 6 1 1 4 0 0 0 36
Cundiff 0 0 0 0 4/4 6/6 0 22
Massaquoi 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 18
Anderson 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 12
Stuckey 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 6
Gaines 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 6
Heiden 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 6
Jennings 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
Quinn 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
Royal 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 6
Vickers 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 6
Lewis 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2
Browns 25 10 11 4 22/23 23/25 1 243
Opponents 41 15 22 4 39/41 30/36 0 375
Rushing
NOYDSAVGLGTD
Harrison 194 862 4.4 71t 5
Lewis 143 500 3.5 18 0
Cribbs 55 381 6.9 37 1
Jennings 63 220 3.5 16 1
Quinn 20 98 4.9 24 1
Davis 9 15 1.7 5 0
Anderson 10 8 0.8 3 2
Stuckey 2 6 3.0 6 0
Hodges 1 0 0.0 0 0
Massaquoi 1 -3 -3.0 -3 0
Browns 409 2,087 4.2 71t 10
Opponents 541 2,314 4.6 64t 15
Receiving
NOYDSAVGLGTD
Massaquoi 34 624 18.4 59t 3
Harrison 34 220 6.5 18 2
Furrey 23 170 7.4 22 0
Cribbs 20 135 6.8 35 1
Stuckey 19 198 10.4 40t 1
Moore 12 158 13.2 24 0
Royal 11 134 12.2 29 1
Edwards 10 139 13.9 24 0
Heiden 10 73 7.3 14 1
Jennings 9 56 6.2 19 0
Lewis 8 88 11.0 19 0
Vickers 8 27 3.4 12 1
Robiskie 7 106 15.1 43 0
Gaines 5 59 11.8 24 1
Estandia 4 45 11.3 18 0
Davis 4 5 1.3 2 0
Quinn 1 18 18.0 18 0
Browns 219 2,255 10.3 59t 11
Opponents 313 4,149 13.3 75t 22
Interceptions
NOYDSAVGLGTD
Wright 4 74 18.5 47 0
Pool 4 33 8.3 32 0
McDonald 1 39 39.0 39 0
Bowens 1 15 15.0 15 0
Browns 10 161 16.1 47 0
Opponents 18 281 15.6 48t 2
Punting
NOYDSAVGNETTBINLGB
Zastudil 49 2,188 44.7 39.1 5 25 60 0
Hodges 45 1,789 39.8 36.4 3 15 54 0
Browns 94 3,977 42.3 37.8 8 40 60 0
Opponents 77 3,322 43.1 35.4 7 26 66 0
Punt Returns
NOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Cribbs 38 3 452 11.9 67t 1
Lawson 1 0 4 4 4 0
Browns 39 3 456 11.7 67t 1
Opponents 40 21 262 6.6 36 0
Kickoff Returns
NOYDSAVGLGTD
Cribbs 56 1,542 27.5 103t 3
Lawson 5 43 8.6 13 0
Harrison 3 55 18.3 39 0
Elam 1 0 0.0 0 0
Estandia 1 9 9.0 9 0
Furrey 1 12 12.0 12 0
Trusnik 1 9 9.0 9 0
Vickers 1 0 0.0 0 0
Browns 69 1,670 24.2 103t 3
Opponents 52 984 18.9 46 0
Field Goals
1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+
Dawson 0/0 7/7 5/5 5/6 0/1
Cundiff 1/1 4/4 1/1 0/0 0/0
Browns 1/1 11/11 6/6 5/6 0/1
Opponents 1/1 7/8 15/18 5/6 2/3
Passing
ATTCMPYDSCMP%YDS/ATTTDTD%INTINT%LGSACKLOSTRAT
Quinn 256 136 1,339 53.1 5.23 8 3.1 7 2.7 59t 19 104 67.2
Anderson 182 81 888 44.5 4.88 3 1.6 10 5.5 43 11 75 42.1
Cribbs 4 1 18 25.0 4.50 0 0.0 1 25.0 18 0 0 6.3
Dawson 1 1 10 100.0 10.00 0 0.0 0 0.0 10 0 0 108.3
Browns 443 219 2,255 49.4 5.09 11 2.5 18 4.1 59t 30 179 55.8
Opponents 526 313 4,149 59.5 7.89 22 4.2 10 1.9 75t 40 234 90.6