1. Browns vs Pittsburgh — Oct. 24, 1993
Here we are, Eric Metcalf’s most memorable game as a member of the Cleveland Browns. It’s a doozy. If you are going to have yourself a career day, there is no better time than to have it than against your bitter division rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Browns and Steelers met up with identical records at 4-2 and with first place in the Central division at stake. It was a home game for the Browns and the 78,000 plus in attendance at Municipal Stadium were riled up. Luckily, for everyone involved they didn’t leave disappointed.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Browns struck first on a 62-yard score from Vinny Testaverde to Michael Jackson. Later in the quarter, Metcalf put his stamp on the game with a 91-yard punt return for a touchdown. Metcalf weaved his way up the left sideline using his vision, agility, and pure game-breaking speed to take the punt to the house.
The Browns gave up a couple of short Barry Foster touchdown runs over the next quarter and a half, and after a giving up a 30-yard Gary Anderson field goal found themselves down 14-17. Cleveland answered with a touchdown pass to Ron Wolfley. This back and forth affair would go down to the wire.
After two Pittsburgh field goals, the Browns found themselves down 23-21 and with time running out. The Browns were able to force a Steeler punt. The rest is history.
Metcalf caught the punt at the 25-yard line and used a hesitation move to freeze up the initial would-be tacklers, and then bolted for the right sideline. From there he blazed up the sideline, cutting in, out, and back in again and won the foot race to the endzone.
It wasn’t just a game-winning play, it was a moment in time for Browns fans who could tell you exactly where they were when it went down. It also must be noted that Metcalf was questionable to play all week with a knee injury that prevented him from practicing until Friday. His performance that Sunday afternoon was nothing short of magical and it lands at number one on this list.