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Top 10 Browns Season Openers: #3 September 16, 1950

Saturday, September 16, 1950

Browns 35, Philadelphia Eagles 10

Municipal Stadium (71,237)

The Browns exploded into the NFL with an astonishing performance that resulted in a blowout victory over the two-time defending champion Philadelphia Eagles on their own home field on what would prove to be an historic Saturday night. Though a punt return for a touchdown by the Browns' Don Phelps a minute into the game was called back on a penalty (and cost the Browns the services of kicker Lou Groza, who was injured on the play), the upstarts from the All-America Conference quickly proved they were a match for the champs, soaring to a 14-3 halftime lead on a pair of Otto Graham touchdown passes. The first - the Browns' initial score in the NFL - was a 59-yard strike down the middle to wide-open RB Dub Jones to give Cleveland a lead it would not relinquish. Graham, having a marvelous night, added a third touchdown pass to cap the first series of the third quarter and then ran for another in the fourth as the Browns turned the "World Series of football" into a blowout. They totaled 448 yards for the game as Graham threw for 346, including seven completions to WR Mac Speedie for 109 yards. The Eagles, playing without injured star RB Steve Van Buren, turned the ball over five times, yet the Browns had their share of mistakes, coughing up the ball four times themselves while committing twelve penalties for 98 yards.

                        1          2          3          4

Browns             7          7          7          14        =          35

Eagles               3          0          0          7          =          10

PHI-Patton 15-yd. FG

CLE-D.Jones 59-yd. pass from Graham (Grigg kick)

CLE-Lavelli 26-yd. pass from Graham (Grigg kick)

CLE-Speedie 13-yd. pass from Graham (Grigg kick)

CLE-Graham 1-yd. run (Grigg kick)

PHI-Pihos 17-yd. pass from Mackrides (Patton kick)

CLE-Bumgardner 2-yd. run (Grigg kick)


CLE: Graham 21-38-346 3 TD 2 INT

PHI: Thompson 8-24-73 0 TD 2 INT, Mackrides 3-8-45 1 TD 1 INT


CLE: D.Jones 6-72, Motley 11-48, Bumgardner 4-18, Graham 3-3

PHI: Ziegler 17-57, Scott 13-46, Craft 4-28, Myers 5-12, Mackrides 2-2, Parmer 2-2, Thompson 1-1


CLE: Speedie 7-109, D.Jones 5-98, Lavelli 4-76, Bumgardner 3-37, Motley 2-26

PHI: Pihos 4-51, Myers 2-29, Ferrante 3-24, Ziegler 2-14

Text reproduced from The Browns Bible:The Complete Game-By-Game History of the Cleveland Browns by Jonathan Knight, The Kent State University Press

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