Cleveland Browns: Top 10 passing games of all-time

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The Browns opened the 1960 season with three consecutive wins, including a 41-24 win over Philadelphia in the opening weekend of the campaign.

Three weeks later, the team’s would face off for the rematch at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium, with quarterback Milt Plum putting up the ninth-best passing day in a losing cause. Plum finished 16-of-22 for 289 yards and two touchdowns for a quarterback rating of 145.1 in leading the Browns to a 22-7 lead in the third quarter.

The defense was off that day, though, and allowed the Eagles to score 21 consecutive points to take the lead. Plum responded by leading the Browns on an 11-play, 88-yard touchdown drive that culminated with a short touchdown pass to Bobby Mitchell with a little less than two minutes remaining in the game.

The Eagles came back behind quarterback Norm Van Brocklin, who threw for 292 yards and three touchdowns. The Browns appeared to have won the game when Bobby Franklin intercepted a Van Brocklin pass, but a pass-interference penalty on Vince Costello gave the Eagles a first down. Bobby Walston won the game for Philadelphia with a last-second field goal.

On the day, Plum led the Browns to 451 yards of offense, aided by 167 rushing yards from Jim Brown.

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