There’s a lot of good rivalries in the NFL, but arguably the best one resides in the AFC North between the Browns and Steelers. The two teams will renew their rivalry Sunday in a matchup that has considerable playoff implications for both teams.
While the Ravens have became a rival for both teams, the Browns and Steelers have a rich history of epic games and hard feelings. At first, the Browns were a measuring stick for the Steelers, who turned the tables in the 1970s after being largely dominated by Cleveland for two decades. The Browns briefly took back control of the rivalry in the ’80s before Bill Cowher helped Pittsburgh take back dominance in the ’90s.
The rivalry has been largely one-sided since the Browns returned to the NFL in 1999. But Cleveland has made things more interesting since Kevin Stefanski took over as head coach in 2020. Speaking of interesting, Sunday’s game should be a good one between two 6-3 teams that are trying to keep pace with Baltimore in the AFC North standings.
But before we get to Sunday’s game, here’s a look back at the top 10 most memorable moments between the two longtime rivals.
Honorable mention: Steelers, Browns combine to score 154 points in two games in 1979
A year after needing a trick play to defeat the Browns in overtime, 15-9, the Steelers didn’t have any issues scoring points against the Browns in their two meetings with Cleveland the following season. The Browns’ offense, led by Brian Sipe, Mike Pruitt, Ozzie Newsome and Dave Logan, also didn’t have any issues scoring points against Pittsburgh’s aging but still dominant defense, led by Hall of Famers Joe Greene, Jack Lambert, Jack Ham, and Mel Blount and perennial Pro Bowlers L.C. Greenwood, Dwight White, Donnie Shell and Mike Wagner.
Pittsburgh’s ground attack led the way to a 51-35 victory in their first matchup with the Browns that season. Franco Harris had 153 yards and two…
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Author : Bryan DeArdo
Publish date : 2023-11-18 17:32:30
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