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Browns Top Redskins as Jim Brown Passes Mile Mark for 1963

Dec. 16, 1963 - Jimmy Brown went past the mile mark for rushing in a season and Frank Ryan pierced the Washington defense with three touchdown passes yesterday as the Cleveland Browns downed the Washington Redskins, 27-20, before 40,865 fans at D.C. Stadium. With 125 yards in 28 carries, Brown pushed his total yardage to 1,863 and became the first NFL player to gain more than a mile on the ground in a season. The victory gave the Browns second place in the Eastern Conference with a 10-4 record and a spot in the league’s Playoff Bowl Game in Miami against the Green Bay Packers. Cleveland moved to a 20-7 halftime lead on a pair of 42-yard field goals by Lou Groza and two touchdown passes by Ryan, one to Gary Collins and the other to Ernie Green. Bobby Mitchell was the main offensive threat for the Redskins. He had four pass receptions for 99 yards and returned a kickoff 92 yards in the second quarter for Washington’s first touchdown. Other Redskin touchdowns came on a 1-yard run by Billy Barnes and a 23-yard pass from Norman Snead to Barnes. Snead broke Sammy Baugh’s single-season club record for yards gained passing, set in 1947. Baugh’s total was 2,936 yards and Snead’s passing yesterday gave him 3,057. The loss gave the Redskins a 3-11 record for the year. The club has not finished the season with a winning record since 1955.


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