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Cleveland Tops Giants as Jim Brown Excels

Sept. 16, 1962 - A gathering of 81,115 at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium today watched the Cleveland Browns defeat the New York Giants, 17-7. In doing so, the Browns confirmed their preseason ranking as the outfit most likely to succeed the Giants as Eastern Conference champions. Coach Allie Sherman’s New Yorkers handicapped themselves with mistakes that cost at least two touchdowns. In the first quarter, the Giants were stopped on the Cleveland 11 when Y.A. Tittle overshot his passing target and Ross Fichtner intercepted. In the second period, the Giants failed to get a touchdown that would have squared the score at 7-7 when Alex Webster fumbled on the Cleveland goal line. Jim Shofner recovered the ball in the end zone for the Browns. Jimmy Brown battered his way to the Browns’ first touchdown on a 9-yard run in the first quarter. Brown took off in pursuit of a sixth straight league rushing title by picking up 134 yards on 17 carries.

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