It was a dire situation that didn't look like it was going to get any better. The 1986 Browns trailed the Jets by double digits late in their divisional playoff game and had offered little signs of mounting a comeback.
"It was unbelievable to think we couldn't run it, we couldn't throw it — I think (Bernie Kosar) had two or three interceptions," former Browns wide receiver Reggie Langhorne (1986-91) said. "Nothing seemed to go right with us as an offense."
But Cleveland dug its feet into the ground when it mattered most.
"We get the ball on our 20-yard line with three or four minutes to go and we're all in the huddle and Bernie walks out and says, 'We're going to win this freaking game. We're going to win this freaking game and it starts right now,'" Langhorne said.
"In my mind, I'm going dude there's 3:47 to go, we got 80 yards to go to get 10 points and we haven't moved the ball all day."
As it turns out, Kosar was right. The former Browns quarterback helped Cleveland rally past a 10-point deficit to win, 23-20, in double overtime.
And those Browns of 1986 will be honored Sunday against the Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium.