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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Cleveland's championship run continues
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Dec. 24, 1950

The Cleveland Browns had won all four championships in the All-American Football Conference, but the chances of winning the title in their first year in the NFL appear dim as they trail the Los Angeles Rams by eight points going into the fourth quarter in their championship game.

They close the gap to 28-27 when Otto Graham throws his fourth touchdown pass of the game. With 1:48 left, a punt gives the Browns the ball on their own 32-yard line. Graham, who completes 22-of-32 passes for 298 yards, calmly and methodically moves the Browns downfield. He accounts for all 58 yards -- by passing or running -- as the Browns reach the Rams' 10-yard line, with his quarterback sneak moving the ball into the middle of the field.

In the second quarter, holder Tom James had been unable to handle a low snap from center after Cleveland's second touchdown, costing the Browns a conversion try and an important point. This time there's no problem and Lou "The Toe" Groza kicks a 16-yard field goal with 20 seconds left to give the Browns a 30-28 victory and the NFL championship.

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