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Top 5 Times Porn Star Mia Khalifa Trolled Athletes
Top 5 Times Porn Star Mia Khalifa Trolled Athletes
Published: 2017/09/23
Channel: The Fumble
Kevin Durant REGRETS Leaving OKC?!: "Why the F*CK Did You Let Me Do This to My Life?"
Kevin Durant REGRETS Leaving OKC?!: "Why the F*CK Did You Let Me Do This to My Life?"
Published: 2017/09/20
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
Dwyane Wade to OKC CONFIRMED!?
Dwyane Wade to OKC CONFIRMED!?
Published: 2017/09/25
Channel: The Fumble
Donald Trump FLIPS OFF Patriots Owner Robert Kraft on National Television
Donald Trump FLIPS OFF Patriots Owner Robert Kraft on National Television
Published: 2017/09/25
Channel: The Fumble
Ty Simpkins LAST DAY Hosting The Fumble! 😥
Ty Simpkins LAST DAY Hosting The Fumble! 😥
Published: 2017/07/10
Channel: Ty Simpkins
Klay Thompson
Klay Thompson's New Girlfriend is a Baddie with a Jumpshot
Published: 2017/06/26
Channel: The Fumble
The Fumble Mannequin Challenge
The Fumble Mannequin Challenge
Published: 2016/11/09
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
Antonio Brown Says 9-Year Old Son Needs to "Stay the F**k from Around Me"
Antonio Brown Says 9-Year Old Son Needs to "Stay the F**k from Around Me"
Published: 2017/08/28
Channel: The Fumble
The Fumble
The Fumble's Mayweather vs McGregor Bet Gets SETTLED with Ice Bucket Shower
Published: 2017/08/29
Channel: The Fumble
Even the Warriors are Sick of Kevin Durant
Even the Warriors are Sick of Kevin Durant's Sh*t
Published: 2017/09/21
Channel: The Fumble
Brandon Marshall SPITS on an Eagles Fan!
Brandon Marshall SPITS on an Eagles Fan!
Published: 2017/09/26
Channel: The Fumble
Le
Le'Veon Bell KNOCKS UP Rams Cheerleader While Engaged
Published: 2017/08/23
Channel: The Fumble
JR Smith Knows EXACTLY Where LeBron James Will End Up in 2018
JR Smith Knows EXACTLY Where LeBron James Will End Up in 2018
Published: 2017/09/22
Channel: The Fumble
Isaiah Thomas Catches Kyrie Irving Creeping on His Instagram Live, Sends a WARNING for Next Season
Isaiah Thomas Catches Kyrie Irving Creeping on His Instagram Live, Sends a WARNING for Next Season
Published: 2017/09/18
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
Iman Shumpert Explains Why Kyrie Irving Wanted Out of Cleveland
Iman Shumpert Explains Why Kyrie Irving Wanted Out of Cleveland
Published: 2017/09/15
Channel: The Fumble
LeBron James SAVED a Man from Drowning
LeBron James SAVED a Man from Drowning
Published: 2017/08/22
Channel: The Fumble
Kyrie Irving Has Chosen the Team He Wants to Be Traded To
Kyrie Irving Has Chosen the Team He Wants to Be Traded To
Published: 2017/08/11
Channel: The Fumble
Floyd Mayweather Knocks The SH** Out Of Conor McGregor!
Floyd Mayweather Knocks The SH** Out Of Conor McGregor!
Published: 2017/08/27
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
Lonzo Ball
Lonzo Ball's Redesigned ZO2's are Actually Pretty SICK
Published: 2017/09/21
Channel: The Fumble
Top 5 Times Athletes Cheated With Their Teammates
Top 5 Times Athletes Cheated With Their Teammates' Wives
Published: 2017/09/02
Channel: The Fumble
'The Fumble' 1987 AFC Championship: Browns vs. Broncos highlights
Published: 2015/04/04
Channel: NFL
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
Kevin Durant LEAVING the Warriors if Seattle Gets an NBA Team!?
Kevin Durant LEAVING the Warriors if Seattle Gets an NBA Team!?
Published: 2017/08/29
Channel: The Fumble
Kevin Durant Accidentally BASHES OKC Teammates and Coach from His Personal Account
Kevin Durant Accidentally BASHES OKC Teammates and Coach from His Personal Account
Published: 2017/09/18
Channel: The Fumble
Odell Beckham Jr Stares at the Solar Eclipse without Special Glasses
Odell Beckham Jr Stares at the Solar Eclipse without Special Glasses
Published: 2017/08/21
Channel: The Fumble
LeBron James RESPONDS to Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas Trade
LeBron James RESPONDS to Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas Trade
Published: 2017/08/23
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
Lonzo Ball
Lonzo Ball's Girlfriend Denise WARNS Him About Cheating on Her
Published: 2017/09/05
Channel: The Fumble
Lonzo Ball Gets Dunked on by a WOMAN
Lonzo Ball Gets Dunked on by a WOMAN
Published: 2017/09/15
Channel: The Fumble
Instagram Baddie Has Handles Like Steph Curry!
Instagram Baddie Has Handles Like Steph Curry!
Published: 2017/08/07
Channel: The Fumble
Steph Curry
Steph Curry's Side Chick? Or Warriors Superfan?
Published: 2016/06/11
Channel: The Fumble
The Fumble Top 5 Drive By Dunk Challenges
The Fumble Top 5 Drive By Dunk Challenges
Published: 2017/07/29
Channel: The Fumble
Odell Beckham Jr Suffers Injury in Preseason Game, NFL Players PISSED
Odell Beckham Jr Suffers Injury in Preseason Game, NFL Players PISSED
Published: 2017/08/22
Channel: The Fumble
THE FUMBLE ASSOCIA IMAGEM DO PALMEIRAS COM NOTÍCIA DO BOA ESPORTE
THE FUMBLE ASSOCIA IMAGEM DO PALMEIRAS COM NOTÍCIA DO BOA ESPORTE
Published: 2017/03/15
Channel: Insta Verde - Palmeiras
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
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
D
D'Angelo Russell Just Cant Stop Snitching!
Published: 2017/06/27
Channel: The Fumble
Buccaneers WR SH*TS His Pants After BIG Hit
Buccaneers WR SH*TS His Pants After BIG Hit
Published: 2017/09/25
Channel: The Fumble
LFL Player Tells Opponents to "Eat My Pu**y"
LFL Player Tells Opponents to "Eat My Pu**y"
Published: 2017/08/30
Channel: The Fumble
NBA 2K18 Player Loses His Sh*t After Taking a TRAGIC L on a 3/4 Court John Wall Buzzer Beater
NBA 2K18 Player Loses His Sh*t After Taking a TRAGIC L on a 3/4 Court John Wall Buzzer Beater
Published: 2017/09/18
Channel: The Fumble
WTF? Raiders Fans CHUG Beer out of a Mannequin’s Lady Parts
WTF? Raiders Fans CHUG Beer out of a Mannequin’s Lady Parts
Published: 2017/09/17
Channel: The Fumble
Aaron Rodgers BLASTS Coach Mike McCarthy: “Stupid F**king Call!”
Aaron Rodgers BLASTS Coach Mike McCarthy: “Stupid F**king Call!”
Published: 2017/09/25
Channel: The Fumble
Richard Sherman DESTROYS Marcus Mariota With Vicious Hit, FIGHT Breaks Out!
Richard Sherman DESTROYS Marcus Mariota With Vicious Hit, FIGHT Breaks Out!
Published: 2017/09/25
Channel: The Fumble
Dick Enberg - "The Fumble"
Dick Enberg - "The Fumble"
Published: 2012/06/30
Channel: TVSnapFA
Raiders Fan Slaps Kid In The Face
Raiders Fan Slaps Kid In The Face
Published: 2016/11/29
Channel: The Fumble
LOL! Isaiah Thomas Shows Up to Cavs Press Conference HIGH AF
LOL! Isaiah Thomas Shows Up to Cavs Press Conference HIGH AF
Published: 2017/09/07
Channel: The Fumble
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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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