Browns chronology

November 10, 1995


1986: In July, safety Don Rogers died from a cocaine overdose. On Nov. 23, the Browns beat Pittsburgh in Cleveland, 37-31, in overtime, for the first of five straight victories to end the regular season at 12-4. Bernie Kosar passed for 3,854 yards. On Jan. 3, 1987, Kosar threw for 483 yards as the Browns beat the New York Jets in double overtime, 20-17. The AFC Championship game was defined by The Drive on Jan. 11, 1987, when Denver's John Elway led a 98-yard touchdown drive to force a tie. Rich Karlis' 33-yard field goal won it for Denver in overtime, 20-17.

1987: The Browns won their third consecutive AFC Central title with a 10-5 mark. On Jan. 9, 1988, Earnest Byner rushed for 122 yards and Frank Minnifield returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown in a 38-21 first-round playoff win over Indianapolis. In the AFC Championship game on Jan. 17, Denver held a 21-3 halftime lead, but Cleveland rallied and was within inches of tying the score when Byner fumbled near the goal line. Denver won, 38-33.

1988: The Browns dropped to third in the division with a 10-6 mark, and Kosar was often injured. On Dec. 24, Houston defeated the Browns, 24-23, in the wild-card playoff in Cleveland.

1989: Marty Schottenheimer was replaced as head coach by Bud Carson. On Dec. 23, Cleveland won the AFC Central with a 24-20 Monday Night Football win over Houston to finish 9-6-1. On Jan. 6, 1990, rookie Eric Metcalf returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and Webster Slaughter had 114 yards receiving as the Browns beat Buffalo, 34-30. But the Browns again lost in the AFC title game to Denver, this time as Kosar had three passes intercepted in a 37-21 loss.

1990: On Sept. 9, the Browns opened the season with a 13-3 win over Pittsburgh, but lost 13 of their remaining 15 games. On Nov. 18, Jim Shofner replaced Carson as coach, and the team's 3-13 record was the worst in franchise history.

1991: Bill Belichick was named head coach. Cleveland won four of its first eight but dropped off in the second half, finishing 6-10. Kosar passed for 3,487 yards, with Webster Slaughter as his primary target.

1992: On Dec. 13, Cleveland lost to Detroit, 24-14, and then dropped its two final games to finish 7-9. Mike Tomczak and Todd Philcox filled in for the oft-injured Kosar.

1993: Vinny Testaverde was acquired to back up Kosar, and on '' Nov. 8, Belichick released Kosar despite the Browns' 5-3 record. Cleveland finished the season 7-9. Metcalf led the NFL with 1,932 all-purpose yards.

1994: Morgan State graduate Leroy Kelly was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Cleveland went 11-5 and qualified for a wild-card spot behind the running of Leroy Hoard and a solid defense. On Dec. 10, the Browns beat the defending Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys, 19-14. In Cleveland's first playoff appearance in five years, Testaverde completed 20 of 30 passes for 268 yards )) as the Browns defeated New England, 20-13. On Jan. 7, 1995, Pittsburgh beat Cleveland for the third time that season, winning 29-9.

1995: Quarterback Eric Zeier was drafted out of Georgia, and the Browns signed free agent receiver Andre Rison. Cleveland started the season 4-5. On Nov. 6, owner Art Modell announced the Browns will move to Baltimore in 1996.

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