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LeBron James "READY" to Talk to Lakers
LeBron James "READY" to Talk to Lakers
Published: 2017/07/19
Channel: The Fumble
Kyrie Irving & Carmelo Anthony are FINALLY Teammates!
Kyrie Irving & Carmelo Anthony are FINALLY Teammates!
Published: 2017/07/19
Channel: The Fumble
Anthony Davis JOINING the Celtics?
Anthony Davis JOINING the Celtics?
Published: 2017/07/19
Channel: The Fumble
Ty Simpkins LAST DAY Hosting The Fumble! 😥
Ty Simpkins LAST DAY Hosting The Fumble! 😥
Published: 2017/07/10
Channel: Ty Simpkins
Will Lonzo Ball Average a Triple-Double Like Russell Westbrook? -The Huddle
Will Lonzo Ball Average a Triple-Double Like Russell Westbrook? -The Huddle
Published: 2017/07/19
Channel: The Fumble
LeBron James ANGRY at Cavs...Leaving Soon?
LeBron James ANGRY at Cavs...Leaving Soon?
Published: 2017/07/18
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
Conor McGregor KNOCKED OUT While Sparring for Mayweather Fight
Conor McGregor KNOCKED OUT While Sparring for Mayweather Fight
Published: 2017/07/17
Channel: The Fumble
Paul George SCAMMED for Free Shoes by Adele
Paul George SCAMMED for Free Shoes by Adele's "Manager"
Published: 2017/07/19
Channel: The Fumble
Paul George Nearly Traded to the Warriors for WHO!?
Paul George Nearly Traded to the Warriors for WHO!?
Published: 2017/07/14
Channel: The Fumble
Odell Beckham Jr
Odell Beckham Jr's New Girlfriend is BAD
Published: 2017/07/17
Channel: The Fumble
Kyrie Irving Getting TRADED to the Jazz!?
Kyrie Irving Getting TRADED to the Jazz!?
Published: 2017/06/30
Channel: The Fumble
The Fumble Mannequin Challenge
The Fumble Mannequin Challenge
Published: 2016/11/09
Channel: The Fumble
Dwight Howard Reveals the Source of "Fake" Beef with Kobe Bryant
Dwight Howard Reveals the Source of "Fake" Beef with Kobe Bryant
Published: 2017/07/17
Channel: The Fumble
The Fumble NBA Awards -WeekEnd Zone Special Edition
The Fumble NBA Awards -WeekEnd Zone Special Edition
Published: 2017/06/24
Channel: The Fumble
Klay Thompson
Klay Thompson's New Girlfriend is a Baddie with a Jumpshot
Published: 2017/06/26
Channel: The Fumble
LeBron James Planning to LEAVE Cleveland AGAIN to Join the Lakers!?
LeBron James Planning to LEAVE Cleveland AGAIN to Join the Lakers!?
Published: 2017/06/08
Channel: The Fumble
LeBron James RETURNING to the Miami Heat!?
LeBron James RETURNING to the Miami Heat!?
Published: 2017/07/17
Channel: The Fumble
Gordon Hayward Fans BURN His Jersey After Signing with the Celtics
Gordon Hayward Fans BURN His Jersey After Signing with the Celtics
Published: 2017/07/05
Channel: The Fumble
Kevin Durant LEAVING the Warriors After This Season?
Kevin Durant LEAVING the Warriors After This Season?
Published: 2017/04/14
Channel: The Fumble
Kevin Durant ROASTS Nick Young After Warriors Sign Him
Kevin Durant ROASTS Nick Young After Warriors Sign Him
Published: 2017/07/06
Channel: The Fumble
Kevin Durant ANGRY at Peyton Manning
Kevin Durant ANGRY at Peyton Manning's Jokes About Him Joining the Warriors at 2017 Espys
Published: 2017/07/13
Channel: The Fumble
Klay Thompson CAUGHT Creeping on Instagram Model Lil Thirst Trap
Klay Thompson CAUGHT Creeping on Instagram Model Lil Thirst Trap
Published: 2017/04/07
Channel: The Fumble
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D'Angelo Russell Just Cant Stop Snitching!
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: The Fumble
Kevin Durant is SICK of People Talking Sh*t About Him
Kevin Durant is SICK of People Talking Sh*t About Him
Published: 2017/07/12
Channel: The Fumble
Dwight Howard Found Out He Got TRADED to the Hornets in the Most EMBARRASSING Way Possible
Dwight Howard Found Out He Got TRADED to the Hornets in the Most EMBARRASSING Way Possible
Published: 2017/06/21
Channel: The Fumble
LeBron James Comments on Lonzo Ball Ditching ZO2
LeBron James Comments on Lonzo Ball Ditching ZO2's for Kobe Bryant's Nikes
Published: 2017/07/13
Channel: The Fumble
Gronk SMASHING Demi Lovato!?
Gronk SMASHING Demi Lovato!?
Published: 2017/07/13
Channel: The Fumble
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D'Angelo Russell's Ex-Girlfriend CLOWNS Him After Getting Traded to the Nets
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: The Fumble
Paul George Lands in OKC for the First Time as a Thunder Player, Greets Fans
Paul George Lands in OKC for the First Time as a Thunder Player, Greets Fans
Published: 2017/07/12
Channel: The Fumble
Jamal Crawford Takes on His Son in Pro-Am Game
Jamal Crawford Takes on His Son in Pro-Am Game
Published: 2017/07/19
Channel: The Fumble
LeBron James Making CRAZY Money Off of This New Business -HM
LeBron James Making CRAZY Money Off of This New Business -HM
Published: 2017/07/16
Channel: The Fumble
Kevin Durant Gives Paul George Advice on Joining the OKC Thunder
Kevin Durant Gives Paul George Advice on Joining the OKC Thunder
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: The Fumble
Tour de France Cyclist Makes Twitter Lose Its SH*T with Photo of Legs
Tour de France Cyclist Makes Twitter Lose Its SH*T with Photo of Legs
Published: 2017/07/19
Channel: The Fumble
Oklahoma City Fans Losing Their Sh*t After Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Fans Losing Their Sh*t After Kevin Durant's Departure, Part 2
Published: 2016/07/07
Channel: The Fumble
Carmelo Anthony LEAVING the Knicks to Join the Rockets?!?
Carmelo Anthony LEAVING the Knicks to Join the Rockets?!?
Published: 2017/07/07
Channel: The Fumble
Conor McGregor Looks TERRIBLE in New Workout Video for Mayweather Fight
Conor McGregor Looks TERRIBLE in New Workout Video for Mayweather Fight
Published: 2017/06/30
Channel: The Fumble
Giannis Antetokounmpo LEAVING the Bucks!?! "The Clock Has Started"
Giannis Antetokounmpo LEAVING the Bucks!?! "The Clock Has Started"
Published: 2017/07/06
Channel: The Fumble
Kyrie Irving CAUGHT Creeping on Ex-Girlfriend
Kyrie Irving CAUGHT Creeping on Ex-Girlfriend's Instagram -HM
Published: 2017/06/10
Channel: The Fumble
Kevin Durant BANNED from Russell Westbrook MVP Party -HM
Kevin Durant BANNED from Russell Westbrook MVP Party -HM
Published: 2017/07/02
Channel: The Fumble
'The Fumble' 1987 AFC Championship: Browns vs. Broncos highlights
Published: 2015/04/04
Channel: NFL
THE FUMBLE THAT CHANGES IT ALL! - MUT Wars Ep.83 | Madden 17 Ultimate Team
THE FUMBLE THAT CHANGES IT ALL! - MUT Wars Ep.83 | Madden 17 Ultimate Team
Published: 2017/06/03
Channel: iMAV3RIQ
Carmelo Anthony Being RECRUITED to the Rockets by Former Teammate Nene
Carmelo Anthony Being RECRUITED to the Rockets by Former Teammate Nene
Published: 2017/07/11
Channel: The Fumble
Who is the NBA Summer League MVP? -WeekEnd Zone
Who is the NBA Summer League MVP? -WeekEnd Zone
Published: 2017/07/15
Channel: The Fumble
Odell Beckham Jr Dances to Juju On That Beat, Ezekiel Elliot TACKLES and Races Fan at 2017 Pro Bowl
Odell Beckham Jr Dances to Juju On That Beat, Ezekiel Elliot TACKLES and Races Fan at 2017 Pro Bowl
Published: 2017/01/30
Channel: The Fumble
Kawhi Leonard CHOPS Off His Braids, Twitter Loses It
Kawhi Leonard CHOPS Off His Braids, Twitter Loses It's Sh*t
Published: 2017/06/21
Channel: The Fumble
Lonzo Ball BEGS LeBron James to Join the Lakers
Lonzo Ball BEGS LeBron James to Join the Lakers
Published: 2017/06/22
Channel: The Fumble
Steph Curry
Steph Curry's Side Chick? Or Warriors Superfan?
Published: 2016/06/11
Channel: The Fumble
LaVar Ball YELLS at LaMelo for Not Playing Defense: "You
LaVar Ball YELLS at LaMelo for Not Playing Defense: "You're Our Weakest Link!"
Published: 2017/07/18
Channel: The Fumble
Kyrie Irving & Joel Embiid are PISSED Over NBA 2K18 Ratings
Kyrie Irving & Joel Embiid are PISSED Over NBA 2K18 Ratings
Published: 2017/07/18
Channel: The Fumble
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WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE

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In American football, The Fumble refers to 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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