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Jaylen Brown Breaks Down into Tears After Best Friend Dies Before Game vs Warriors
Jaylen Brown Breaks Down into Tears After Best Friend Dies Before Game vs Warriors
Published: 2017/11/17
Channel: The Fumble
Klay Thompson CURVES Instagram Baddie Abigail Ratchford
Klay Thompson CURVES Instagram Baddie Abigail Ratchford
Published: 2017/11/16
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
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
LiAngelo Ball Says "Thank You" to Donald Trump After Being Freed from China by Justice Department
LiAngelo Ball Says "Thank You" to Donald Trump After Being Freed from China by Justice Department
Published: 2017/11/15
Channel: The Fumble
BREAKING: LiAngelo Ball ARRESTED in China!!
BREAKING: LiAngelo Ball ARRESTED in China!!
Published: 2017/11/07
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
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
Ty Simpkins LAST DAY Hosting The Fumble! 😥
Ty Simpkins LAST DAY Hosting The Fumble! 😥
Published: 2017/07/10
Channel: Ty Simpkins
Marquise Goodwin COLLAPSES in the End Zone After Dedicating Emotional Touchdown to His Lost Son
Marquise Goodwin COLLAPSES in the End Zone After Dedicating Emotional Touchdown to His Lost Son
Published: 2017/11/13
Channel: The Fumble
LeBron James Goes Missing After Instagram Model Accuses Him of Sliding into Her DMs
LeBron James Goes Missing After Instagram Model Accuses Him of Sliding into Her DMs
Published: 2017/11/08
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
Dak Prescott
Dak Prescott's Girlfriend Got Enough Cakes to Feed a Village!!
Published: 2017/10/09
Channel: The Fumble
Meet LaMelo Ball
Meet LaMelo Ball's SUPER Cute Girlfriend, Ashley Alvano
Published: 2017/10/30
Channel: The Fumble
Guy Who Pushed LeBron James
Guy Who Pushed LeBron James' Phone Away Explains Why He Was Mad
Published: 2017/11/14
Channel: The Fumble
LaVar Ball RESPONDS to LiAngelo
LaVar Ball RESPONDS to LiAngelo's Potential Prison Sentence: "It's No Big Deal!"
Published: 2017/11/08
Channel: The Fumble
The Fumble Mannequin Challenge
The Fumble Mannequin Challenge
Published: 2016/11/09
Channel: The Fumble
Klay Thompson HOOKING UP with NBA on TNT Reporter!?
Klay Thompson HOOKING UP with NBA on TNT Reporter!?
Published: 2017/11/10
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
Marcus Peters Set Marshawn Lynch
Marcus Peters Set Marshawn Lynch's House on FIRE!
Published: 2017/11/10
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
Klay Thompson
Klay Thompson's New Girlfriend is a Baddie with a Jumpshot
Published: 2017/06/26
Channel: The Fumble
Le
Le'Veon Bell KNOCKS UP Rams Cheerleader While Engaged
Published: 2017/08/23
Channel: The Fumble
Creepy Klay Thompson Impersonator Shows Up to Warriors Game
Creepy Klay Thompson Impersonator Shows Up to Warriors Game
Published: 2017/10/18
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
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
Gordon Hayward BREAKS DOWN into Tears Talking About Leg Injury
Gordon Hayward BREAKS DOWN into Tears Talking About Leg Injury
Published: 2017/11/02
Channel: The Fumble
Top 5 Times Athletes DIED While Playing
Top 5 Times Athletes DIED While Playing
Published: 2017/11/12
Channel: The Fumble
HELL NAW! LeBron James Dresses as Pennywise from
HELL NAW! LeBron James Dresses as Pennywise from 'IT' for Halloween
Published: 2017/10/31
Channel: The Fumble
Draymond Green ROASTS Nick Young Over His "Career High" Assist Total
Draymond Green ROASTS Nick Young Over His "Career High" Assist Total
Published: 2017/11/09
Channel: The Fumble
Jets Get ROBBED of Touchdown Against the Patriots!
Jets Get ROBBED of Touchdown Against the Patriots!
Published: 2017/10/15
Channel: The Fumble
'The Fumble' 1987 AFC Championship: Browns vs. Broncos highlights
Published: 2015/04/04
Channel: NFL
Joe Pisarcik
Joe Pisarcik's Horrible Handoff Leads to Miracle at Meadowlands! | NFL's Worst Plays Ever
Published: 2015/10/20
Channel: NFL
Bears
Bears' challenge backfires, results in fumble-touchback at goal line
Published: 2017/11/12
Channel: Sports World Videos
WATCH: Boise State recovers fumble in OT to seal comeback win
WATCH: Boise State recovers fumble in OT to seal comeback win
Published: 2017/11/12
Channel: CBS Sports
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
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
LeBron James SAVED a Man from Drowning
LeBron James SAVED a Man from Drowning
Published: 2017/08/22
Channel: The Fumble
Crazy Madden 16 fumble glitch!
Crazy Madden 16 fumble glitch!
Published: 2015/09/13
Channel: Aimless Adventure Podcast
Kyrie Irving CAUGHT Creeping on Ex-Girlfriend
Kyrie Irving CAUGHT Creeping on Ex-Girlfriend's Instagram -HM
Published: 2017/06/10
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
Dick Enberg - "The Fumble"
Dick Enberg - "The Fumble"
Published: 2012/06/30
Channel: TVSnapFA
Trey Songz - Fumble [Official Video]
Trey Songz - Fumble [Official Video]
Published: 2013/03/12
Channel: Trey Songz
Richard Sherman Suffers PAINFUL Season Ending Achilles Injury
Richard Sherman Suffers PAINFUL Season Ending Achilles Injury
Published: 2017/11/10
Channel: The Fumble
BREAKING: Ezekiel Elliott
BREAKING: Ezekiel Elliott's Suspension is OFFICIAL, Jerry Jones Threatens to SUE the NFL!
Published: 2017/11/09
Channel: The Fumble
Brian Burns Causes 2nd Fumble at Clemson
Brian Burns Causes 2nd Fumble at Clemson
Published: 2017/11/11
Channel: Single Shot
Ratings Fumble: Why NFL Viewership Is Down
Ratings Fumble: Why NFL Viewership Is Down
Published: 2016/11/04
Channel: Bloomberg
Juju and Le
Juju and Le'veon Bell TROLL AJ Green and Jalen Ramsey
Published: 2017/11/13
Channel: The Fumble
Kyrie Irving CARVES UP Lonzo Ball & Lakers with Some NASTY Handles
Kyrie Irving CARVES UP Lonzo Ball & Lakers with Some NASTY Handles
Published: 2017/11/09
Channel: The Fumble
STREAKER attempts to SAVE Buffalo Bills Season!
STREAKER attempts to SAVE Buffalo Bills Season!
Published: 2017/11/12
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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