Greatest moments in Cleveland Browns history: 14. Double OT Playoff win over Jets in 1987
The Browns hadn’t won a playoff game since 1969 but entered the 1987 playoffs determined to end that streak. Led by Bernie Kosar, Cleveland had one of their most memorable comebacks of all-time. Trailing by 10, with less than four minutes to go, Kosar told his team they weren’t done yet.
Wide receiver Reggie Langhorne recalled the former signal-caller coming to the huddle in a game where the offense was non-existent and declared the game was theirs for the taking.
"“We get the ball on our 20-yard line with three or four minutes to go and we’re all in the huddle and Bernie walks out and says, ‘We’re going to win this freaking game. We’re going to win this freaking game and it starts right now,’” Langhorne said via Patrick Maks of ClevelandBrowns.com"
Kosar was right as the Browns miraculously forced overtime against the Jets. However, the two sides played the extra quarter, but to no avail. The teams started a second OT, and in the end, Cleveland escaped with a 23-20 win as kicker Mark Moseley knocked in a 27-yard kick. The game was later dubbed “The Marathon Game” and lasted more than four hours.
As for Kosar, he threw for 489 yards in the win, which was a playoff record that stood until Super Bowl 52 when Tom Brady amassed 505 yards against the Eagles.