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Matt Barnes Plays F*ck/Marry/Kill, RESPONDS to Fumble Fans | Press Pass with Britt Johnson
Matt Barnes Plays F*ck/Marry/Kill, RESPONDS to Fumble Fans | Press Pass with Britt Johnson
Published: 2018/01/20
Channel: The Fumble
Dak Prescott Slides into Instagram Model
Dak Prescott Slides into Instagram Model's DMs, Tries to Slide into Dem GUTS👉👌
Published: 2018/01/19
Channel: The Fumble
Fumble Fire-Back: Mean YouTube Comments ROUND 2 with Britt Johnson
Fumble Fire-Back: Mean YouTube Comments ROUND 2 with Britt Johnson
Published: 2017/12/30
Channel: The Fumble
Things got BLOODY at Eagles/Vikings NFC Tailgate
Things got BLOODY at Eagles/Vikings NFC Tailgate
Published: 2018/01/22
Channel: The Fumble
Refs caught CELEBRATING the Pats win, Did they RIG these plays?
Refs caught CELEBRATING the Pats win, Did they RIG these plays?
Published: 2018/01/22
Channel: The Fumble
Tom Brady is PISSED At AFC Cameraman: "F*ck out the way"
Tom Brady is PISSED At AFC Cameraman: "F*ck out the way"
Published: 2018/01/21
Channel: The Fumble
Steph Curry Completely IGNORES 10 Year Old Kid Asking for His Autograph, Mom Goes OFF
Steph Curry Completely IGNORES 10 Year Old Kid Asking for His Autograph, Mom Goes OFF
Published: 2017/11/27
Channel: The Fumble
LiAngelo Ball CURVES Lithuanian Reporter Trying to Get the
LiAngelo Ball CURVES Lithuanian Reporter Trying to Get the 'D' During Press Conference
Published: 2018/01/05
Channel: The Fumble
Fumble Fire-Back: Mean YouTube Comments featuring Ty Savage
Fumble Fire-Back: Mean YouTube Comments featuring Ty Savage
Published: 2017/01/29
Channel: The Fumble
Pats Crazy Trick Play Ends w/ Myles Jack
Pats Crazy Trick Play Ends w/ Myles Jack's Forced Fumble! 🦄 | Can't-Miss Play | AFC Championship HLs
Published: 2018/01/21
Channel: NFL
Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose's Girlfriend Alaina Anderson is a Baddie with a BACKSIDE | Fumble Fox
Published: 2018/01/01
Channel: The Fumble
LeBron James RESPONDS to School Bullying Victim Keaton Jones
LeBron James RESPONDS to School Bullying Victim Keaton Jones' Video
Published: 2017/12/11
Channel: The Fumble
The Fumble Mannequin Challenge
The Fumble Mannequin Challenge
Published: 2016/11/09
Channel: The Fumble
Natasha Sen Fizdale is the SEXIEST Coaching Wife in the NBA | Fumble Fox
Natasha Sen Fizdale is the SEXIEST Coaching Wife in the NBA | Fumble Fox
Published: 2017/12/26
Channel: The Fumble
Steph Curry
Steph Curry's Wife Ayesha DEFENDS Him for Ignoring Kid Asking for His Autograph
Published: 2017/11/28
Channel: The Fumble
Anthony Davis JOINING the Golden State Warriors!!?
Anthony Davis JOINING the Golden State Warriors!!?
Published: 2018/01/08
Channel: The Fumble
Ty Simpkins LAST DAY Hosting The Fumble! 😥
Ty Simpkins LAST DAY Hosting The Fumble! 😥
Published: 2017/07/10
Channel: Ty Simpkins
'The Fumble' 1987 AFC Championship: Browns vs. Broncos highlights
Published: 2015/04/04
Channel: NFL
LaMelo & LiAngelo Ball Will Be Living Like KINGS in Lithuania
LaMelo & LiAngelo Ball Will Be Living Like KINGS in Lithuania
Published: 2017/12/15
Channel: The Fumble
Kyrie Irving HOOKING UP with Volleyball Baddie Breanna Barksdale?
Kyrie Irving HOOKING UP with Volleyball Baddie Breanna Barksdale?
Published: 2017/11/30
Channel: The Fumble
Britt Johnson Goes 1-on-1 with NBA Legend Baron Davis | Fumble Exclusive
Britt Johnson Goes 1-on-1 with NBA Legend Baron Davis | Fumble Exclusive
Published: 2017/12/02
Channel: The Fumble
Klay Thompson Commits BOOTY BURGLARY on Kristaps Porzingis
Klay Thompson Commits BOOTY BURGLARY on Kristaps Porzingis' Instagram Model Crush
Published: 2017/08/09
Channel: The Fumble
Fumble Fire-Back: Mean YouTube Comments featuring Britt Johnson - Best New
Fumble Fire-Back: Mean YouTube Comments featuring Britt Johnson - Best New
Published: 2017/02/26
Channel: The Fumble
Lolo Jones Ready to Lose Her VIRGINITY to...Jimmy Butler!!?
Lolo Jones Ready to Lose Her VIRGINITY to...Jimmy Butler!!?
Published: 2018/01/16
Channel: The Fumble
Lonzo Ball Gets ROASTED by Teammate Kyle Kuzma for Wearing a Du-Rag
Lonzo Ball Gets ROASTED by Teammate Kyle Kuzma for Wearing a Du-Rag
Published: 2018/01/15
Channel: The Fumble
Isaiah Thomas YELLS at Refs for Laughing at Dwyane Wade
Isaiah Thomas YELLS at Refs for Laughing at Dwyane Wade
Published: 2018/01/03
Channel: The Fumble
Klay Thompson CURVES Instagram Baddie Abigail Ratchford
Klay Thompson CURVES Instagram Baddie Abigail Ratchford
Published: 2017/11/16
Channel: The Fumble
Jeremy Lin BREAKS DOWN into Tears After Suffering Knee Injury: "I
Jeremy Lin BREAKS DOWN into Tears After Suffering Knee Injury: "I'm DONE"
Published: 2017/10/19
Channel: The Fumble
Kristaps Porzingis Shoots His Shot with ANOTHER Instagram Model and SCORES!
Kristaps Porzingis Shoots His Shot with ANOTHER Instagram Model and SCORES!
Published: 2017/12/11
Channel: The Fumble
Antonio Brown  RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL!
Antonio Brown RUSHED TO THE HOSPITAL!
Published: 2017/12/18
Channel: The Fumble
Dion Lewis fumble Jaguars vs patriots AFC championship 2017
Dion Lewis fumble Jaguars vs patriots AFC championship 2017
Published: 2018/01/21
Channel: Sports highlights NFL
The Fumble
The Fumble's Mayweather vs McGregor Bet Gets SETTLED with Ice Bucket Shower
Published: 2017/08/29
Channel: The Fumble
LeBron James CAUGHT Sliding into Instagram Baddie Heidi Hoback
LeBron James CAUGHT Sliding into Instagram Baddie Heidi Hoback's DMs
Published: 2017/11/03
Channel: The Fumble
Tom Savage Has A SEIZURE after a BIG HIT!
Tom Savage Has A SEIZURE after a BIG HIT!
Published: 2017/12/11
Channel: The Fumble
LiAngelo Ball Getting Bailed Out of China by...DONALD TRUMP!?
LiAngelo Ball Getting Bailed Out of China by...DONALD TRUMP!?
Published: 2017/11/13
Channel: The Fumble
Falcons TE Toilolo Recovers Fumble for TD to Cap Off Big Drive! | Can
Falcons TE Toilolo Recovers Fumble for TD to Cap Off Big Drive! | Can't-Miss Play | NFL Wk 15
Published: 2017/12/19
Channel: NFL
Joel Embiid Straight DISSES Rihanna Now That He
Joel Embiid Straight DISSES Rihanna Now That He's an All Star
Published: 2018/01/19
Channel: The Fumble
Marcus Cooper Celebration Fumble Leads to One of The Weirdest Calls in NFL History
Marcus Cooper Celebration Fumble Leads to One of The Weirdest Calls in NFL History
Published: 2017/09/24
Channel: Highlight Heaven
DISTURBING: Stuntman FALLS 62 Stories to His Death
DISTURBING: Stuntman FALLS 62 Stories to His Death
Published: 2017/12/12
Channel: The Fumble
Meet LaMelo Ball
Meet LaMelo Ball's SUPER Cute Girlfriend, Ashley Alvano
Published: 2017/10/30
Channel: The Fumble
LaMelo & LiAngelo Ball Get NO Love from Lithuania Fans
LaMelo & LiAngelo Ball Get NO Love from Lithuania Fans
Published: 2017/12/14
Channel: The Fumble
LeBron James SAVED a Man from Drowning
LeBron James SAVED a Man from Drowning
Published: 2017/08/22
Channel: The Fumble
Mia Khalifa takes CHOKEHOLD from AJ Green PERSONALLY!
Mia Khalifa takes CHOKEHOLD from AJ Green PERSONALLY!
Published: 2017/11/06
Channel: The Fumble
Saints RB Alvin Kamara ROASTS Wannabe Rapper for Dissing His Premature Celebration vs Vikings
Saints RB Alvin Kamara ROASTS Wannabe Rapper for Dissing His Premature Celebration vs Vikings
Published: 2018/01/19
Channel: The Fumble
Crazy Madden 16 fumble glitch!
Crazy Madden 16 fumble glitch!
Published: 2015/09/13
Channel: Aimless Adventure Podcast
Knicks Center Enes Kanter Facing FOUR YEARS in Prison for Tweeting??!
Knicks Center Enes Kanter Facing FOUR YEARS in Prison for Tweeting??!
Published: 2017/12/20
Channel: The Fumble
Britt Johnson Chases Tennis Balls, Takes Gatorade Shower
Britt Johnson Chases Tennis Balls, Takes Gatorade Shower
Published: 2017/08/24
Channel: The Fumble
Colin Kaepernick FINALLY Returning to the NFL!!?
Colin Kaepernick FINALLY Returning to the NFL!!?
Published: 2017/12/18
Channel: The Fumble
Cam Newton Explains Why He Didn
Cam Newton Explains Why He Didn't Dive On Fumble in 4th Quarter
Published: 2016/02/09
Channel: The Fumble
BREAKING: LiAngelo Ball ARRESTED in China!!
BREAKING: LiAngelo Ball ARRESTED in China!!
Published: 2017/11/07
Channel: The Fumble
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In American football, The Fumble was a play in the 1987 AFC Championship Game between the Browns and Broncos on January 17, 1988 at Mile High Stadium. With 1:12 left in the game, Browns running back Earnest Byner fumbled on the Broncos 1 yard line while trying to score a touchdown to pull within one point. The Broncos went on to win 38–33 after taking an intentional safety.

Background[edit]

A ticket for the AFC Championship Game between the Browns and the Broncos.

The same two teams had met in the previous AFC Championship Game. That game also ended in victory for the Broncos and featured a famous five-minute, 98-yard touchdown drive led by quarterback John Elway, known simply as The Drive, to take the game into overtime.

During the game, the Broncos jumped to a 21–3 halftime lead, but Browns' quarterback Bernie Kosar led them back with four second-half touchdowns. By the middle of the fourth quarter, the game was tied at 31. The Broncos then took the lead on a long drive that ended with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Elway to running back Sammy Winder, making it 38–31 with 6 minutes left. Cleveland responded by advancing the ball to Denver's 8-yard line with 1:12 left, setting the stage for the play that made this game one of the most famous in NFL lore.

The play[edit]

Browns running back Earnest Byner took the handoff and appeared to be on his way to score the game-tying touchdown, but was stripped by Broncos defensive back Jeremiah Castille at the one-yard line. Denver recovered, gave the Browns an intentional safety, and went on to win 38–33.

Reactions[edit]

On ESPN Classic's "The Fumble, the Story of the 1987 AFC Championship", the Browns' then-head coach Marty Schottenheimer analyzed the play, showing that the fumble was not entirely Byner's fault. Schottenheimer stated: "The Browns' wide receiver #84, Webster Slaughter is supposed to take ten steps then block Castille to the outside. Instead, he wanted to watch the play."

Castille said: "I was thinking, 'I got burned the last time I tried to bump-and-run [Slaughter]', so instead I stepped back six-to-eight yards before the snap, so I could better see the play unfold. I saw it was a draw play and that Byner had the ball. I remember thinking that Byner ran all over us that entire second half, so there was no way I was going to tackle him. Instead, I went for the ball the whole time."

Schottenheimer continued: "Earnest never saw Castille coming. Earnest was the reason we were still in the game at that point. He had several heroic runs and catches over the course of the second half that allowed us to have a chance to tie the game at 38. All of these heroics, unfortunately, were overshadowed by a single draw play from the eight-yard line."

Dick Enberg, the play-by-play announcer of the broadcast on NBC, noted: "And wasn't it ironic that Denver got the ball back on the two-yard line? Wasn't it just one year ago where the Broncos were on their own two before putting together what became 'The Drive'?"

ESPN Page Two writer Bill Simmons used "The Fumble" as an argument for why the Browns should be considered one of the most cursed franchises in sports. He also describes their fan base as "tortured" following this play. His article, "The Levels of Losing," appeared January 29, 2010.[1]

Aftermath[edit]

Despite being primarily remembered for "The Fumble", Byner had a relatively successful career. After spending another year with the Browns, he was traded to the Washington Redskins prior to the start of the 1989 season for running back Mike Oliphant. In his five seasons with Washington, Byner was selected to play in the Pro Bowl twice (1990, 1991) and won a Super Bowl in the 1991 season. In that season's Super Bowl XXVI, he caught a touchdown pass in the second quarter, and the Redskins won, giving him the NFL Championship ring he could not win with the Browns.

He ended up going back to Cleveland for two more years, and finished his career in 1998, after spending two years with the transplanted Baltimore Ravens. In his 14 NFL seasons, Byner rushed for 8,261 yards, caught 512 passes for 4,605 yards, and scored 72 total touchdowns (56 rushing, 15 receiving, one fumble recovery). At the time of his retirement, Byner ranked within the NFL's top 30 all-time leaders in rushing attempts, rushing touchdowns, rushing yards, and total yards.

Game Summary[edit]

Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 0 3 21 9 33
Broncos 14 7 10 7 38

at Mile High Stadium, Denver, Colorado

Officials[edit]

  • Referee: Jim Tunney (#32)
  • Umpire: Ben Montgomery (#117)
  • Head Linesman: Sid Semon (#109)
  • Line Judge: Ron Blum (#83)
  • Back Judge: Roy Clymer (#24)
  • Side Judge: Bill Quinby (#58)
  • Field Judge: Dick Dolack (#31)
  • Alternate: Jerry Seeman (#70)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League (ISBN 0-06-270174-6)

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