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1950 Cleveland Browns season
Head coach Paul Brown
Home field Cleveland Stadium
Record 10–2–0
Place 1st NFL American
Playoff finish Won NFL Championship (1)
Previous season Next season
1949 1951

The 1950 Cleveland Browns season was the team's first season with the National Football League. The Browns' first NFL game was against the two-time defending champion Philadelphia Eagles. The overwhelming consensus at the time was that the Eagles would blow the Browns off the field; there were still many who thought the Browns were merely the dominant team in a minor league. However, the Browns were determined to prove they belonged. They shredded the Eagles' vaunted defense for 487 yards of total offense en route to a 35-10 blowout.


Regular season

Behind a potent offense that included future Hall of Famers Otto Graham, Marion Motley and Dante Lavelli, the Browns picked up right where they left off in the AAFC. After going 10-2 in the regular season, the Browns defeated the New York Giants 8-3 in a playoff game and then beat Cleveland's previous NFL tenants, the Rams (who were now in Los Angeles), 30-28, in the NFL Championship game. Since the NFL does not recognize the AAFC's records, this technically makes the Browns the most successful expansion team in league history. However, the 1950 Browns were not an expansion team in any sense of the term.



Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 16, 1950 at Philadelphia Eagles W 35-10
2 September 24, 1950 at Baltimore Colts W 31-0
3 October 1, 1950 New York Giants L 6-0
4 October 7, 1950 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 30-17
5 October 15, 1950 Chicago Cardinals W 34-24
6 October 22, 1950 at New York Giants L 17-13
7 October 29, 1950 Pittsburgh Steelers W 45-7
8 November 5, 1950 at Chicago Cardinals W 10-7
9 November 12, 1950 San Francisco 49ers W 34-14
10 November 19, 1950 Washington Redskins W 20-14
11 December 3, 1950 Philadelphia Eagles W 13-7
12 December 10, 1950 at Washington Redskins W 45-21


Week Date Opponent Result
Division December 17, 1950 New York Giants W 8-3
Championship December 24, 1950 Los Angeles Rams W 30-28


NFL American
Cleveland Browns 10 2 0 .833 310 144 W-6
New York Giants 10 2 0 .833 268 150 W-6
Pittsburgh Steelers 6 6 0 .500 180 195 W-1
Philadelphia Eagles 6 6 0 .500 254 141 L-4
Chicago Cardinals 5 7 0 .417 233 287 L-1
Washington Redskins 3 9 0 .250 232 326 L-1


Cleveland Browns roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists
  • Currently vacant


NFL Championship Game

The Browns had been the AAFC's most dominant team, winning all four of its championships. The Rams, who left Cleveland after the 1945 season for Los Angeles, were making their second straight appearance in an NFL title game. [1]

  • First Quarter
  • Second Quarter
    • Cle-Lavelli 35 yard pass from Graham (conversion pass failed)
  • Third Quarter
    • Cle-Lavelli 39 yard pass from Graham (Groza kick)
    • LA-Hoerner 1 yard run (Waterfield kick)
    • LA-Brink 6 yard fumble return (Waterfield kick)
  • Fourth Quarter
    • Cle-Bumgardner 14 yard pass from Graham (Groza kick)
    • Cle- Groza 16 yard field goal


  1. ^ Harry Jones, Groza's Field Goal Is Signal for Celebration, Cleveland Plain Dealer December 24, 1950, Plain Dealer Browns' History Database Accessed 12/12/2007,
American Conference National Conference
Chicago Cardinals Baltimore
Cleveland Chicago Bears
NY Giants Detroit
Philadelphia Green Bay
Pittsburgh Los Angeles
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