(Wide receiver Santana Moss of the Washington Redskins catches a touchdown pass against the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 19, 2008, at FedExField in Landover, Md. The Redskins defeated the Browns 14-11. [AP Photo])
The Redskins have played the Browns 44 times in the regular season and postseason combined, beginning in 1950. Washington has won five of the last seven meetings in the series.
The Browns’ Cleveland Browns Stadium is located about 15 miles northeast of their training headquarters in Middleburg Heights, Ohio.
The Redskins lost the first-ever matchup against the Browns, 20-14, on Nov. 19, 1950, in Cleveland. The 1-7 Redskins were down 10-0 in the second quarter, but took a 14-13 lead in the third quarter on a two-yard touchdown run by Rob Goode before the 7-2 Browns won the game in the fourth quarter on an eight-yard touchdown run by Don Phelps.
Though the Redskins held the Browns to just 65 passing yards on the day, Cleveland was able to run for 258 rushing yards against the Washington defense. Redskins’ defensive back Hall Haynes had a 40-yard interception return for touchdown for his team’s first score of the day.
The Redskins and the Browns have tied once in the series history, a 30-30 decision on Nov. 17, 1957, in Washington, D.C. Washington had taken a 30-20 lead in the fourth quarter on a 34-yard pass from Eddie LeBaron to Steve Meilinger before Cleveland scored 10 unanswered points to tie the game. The Redskins got two rushing touchdowns in the game from Leo Elter, outgaining the Browns 153-82 on the ground.
But Cleveland had 349 passing yards to Washington’s 177, as Browns quarterback Tommy O’Connell completed 16-of-24 passes and had three 100-yard receivers on the day – Pete Brewster (124 yards, two touchdowns), Ray Renfro (113 yards) and Preston Carpenter (112 yards).
The last matchup between the teams saw a 14-11 Washington win on Oct. 19, 2008, at FedExField. The two teams were scoreless heading out of halftime, but the Redskins rode running back Clinton Portis in the second half to pull out the victory. Portis had 27 carries for 175 yards and a touchdown – his fourth-straight 100-yard performance.
Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell completed 14-of-23 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown, an 18-yard strike to wide receiver Santana Moss. The defense was led by middle linebacker London Fletcher, who had a game-high 12 tackles and helped limit the Browns to just 236 yards and no touchdowns.
The Browns lead the all-time series against the Redskins 10-33-1.
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