- 1980 Cleveland Browns season
team = Cleveland Browns
year = 1980
record = 11–5–0
division_place = 1st
playoffs = Lost AFC Divisional PlayoffsThe 1980
Cleveland Brownsseason was the team's 31st season with the National Football League.
For more details on the season, see
Kardiac Kidsand Red Right 88.
Week 7 (Home) - Browns 26,
Green Bay Packers21
*Facing a third and 20 from the Packers 46 yard line with 16 seconds left,
Brian Sipecompleted a pass to Dave Logan for the winning touchdown.
Week 8 (Home) - Browns 27,
*A fantastic effort to overcome the arch-rival Pittsburgh. Sipe and company fought back from deficits of 10-0, 20-7, and 26-14 to defeat the Steelers in Cleveland. The winning catch was hauled in by
Ozzie Newsomewith 5:35 to play.
Week 9 (Home) - Browns 27,
*Although it was
Mike Pruitt's 56-yard touchdown run that ultimately won the game for Cleveland, Sipe threw for 298 yards and reached a milestone in Browns history, becoming the Browns' all-time passing leader.
Week 11 (Away)- Browns 13, Pittsburgh Steelers 16
*Seeking their first ever win at Pittsburgh's
Three Rivers Stadium, the Browns were once again denied, this time on a Terry Bradshawto Lynn Swanntouchdown with eleven seconds left. It marked the Browns 11th consecutive defeat at Pittsburgh.
Week 15 (Away) - Browns 23,
*The Browns relinquished what had been a 23-9 lead with only 7:15 remaining. The game is probably most remembered for Browns Safety
Thom Darden's deflection of Tommy Kramer's " Hail Mary pass", which was caught by Ahmad Rashadas time expired. Kramer's 456 passing yards were the most ever given up by the Browns.
Week 16 (Away) - Browns 27,
*Needing a win to secure the Central Division title, the Browns hold off the Bengals 27-24.
Don Cockroft's game winning field goal came with 1:25 left to play.
* Week 1 Sep 7 L 34-17 at New England Patriots
* Week 2 Sep 14 L 16-7 vs Houston Oilers
* Week 3 Sep 21 W 20-13 vs Kansas City Chiefs
* Week 4 Sep 28 W 34-27 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
* Week 5 Oct 5 L 19-16 vs Denver Broncos
* Week 6 Oct 12 W 27-3 at Seattle Seahawks
* Week 7 Oct 19 W 26-21 vs Green Bay Packers
* Week 8 Oct 26 W 27-26 vs Pittsburgh Steelers
* Week 9 Nov 3 W 27-21 vs Chicago Bears
* Week 10 Nov 9 W 28-27 at Baltimore Colts
* Week 11 Nov 16 L 16-13 at Pittsburgh Steelers
* Week 12 Nov 23 W 31-7 vs Cincinnati Bengals
* Week 13 Nov 30 W 17-14 at Houston Oilers
* Week 14 Dec 7 W 17-14 vs New York Jets
* Week 15 Dec 14 L 28-23 at Minnesota Vikings
* Week 16 Dec 21 W 27-24 at Cincinnati Bengals
AFC Divisional Playoff
* Oakland Raiders 14, Cleveland Browns 12Linescore Amfootball
Cleveland Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio"
In a play that has become to be known as
Red Right 88, Browns quarterback Brian Sipe's pass was intercepted in the end zone by Raiders safety Mike Davis with 41 seconds left in the game to preserve Oakland's 14-12 victory. Instead of opting for a game winning field goal, Cleveland decided to attempt a passing play because Browns kicker Don Cockrofthad previously missed two field goal attempts, had another aborted following a bad snap, and had one extra point blocked.
Awards and records
Brian Sipe, NFL MVP
Brian Sipe, PFWA MVP
Brian Sipe, UPI AFL-AFC Offensive Player of the Year
* Brian Sipe, AFC Leader, Touchdown Passes (30), Tied with another player
* [http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/cle/1980.htm Browns on Football Reference]
* [http://www.jt-sw.com/football/pro/results.nsf/Teams/1980-cle Browns on jt-sw.com]
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