Greatest moments in Cleveland Browns history: 10. Their first game in the NFL
Most fans of the Cleveland Browns understand their roots, which traces all the way back to 1946 when they were in the All-America Football Conference. For four seasons they played in that league and completely dominated it. The Browns managed a record of 47-4-3 and won a title in all four seasons they were there.
Then, the Browns joined the NFL and were considered to be underdogs in the bigger, badder league. They even had to start their time in the NFL on the road against the two-time defending champion Philadelphia Eagles.
The NFL wasn’t hiding that they were trying to show the Browns that they were in a tougher league now, and the Eagles head coach Greasy Neale was overly confident to the point that he hardly prepared for the game. Cleveland took exception to this and quarterback Otto Graham made them pay.
After Philly took an early 3-0 lead on a Cliff Patton field goal, the Browns completely dominated and scored 28 points unanswered. The end result was a lopsided 35-10 victory that announced to the NFL that this young franchise was for real.
In the win, Graham completed 21-of-38 passes for 346 yards with two touchdowns. They also added 141 yards on the ground and dominated the total yardage 487-266. It was the perfect way to start out their NFL existence.