1952 Cleveland Browns season

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1952 Cleveland Browns season
Head coach Paul Brown
Home field Cleveland Stadium
Local radio WTAM
Results
Record 8–4–0
Division place 1st NFL American
Playoff finish Lost NFL Championship

The 1952 Cleveland Browns season was the team's third season with the National Football League.

Exhibition Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 August 23, 1952 at Green Bay Packers W 21–14
22,215
2 August 29, 1952 Chicago Bears W 14–7
37,976
3 September 6, 1952 vs. Detroit Lions at Syracuse L 21–28
26,000
4 September 13, 1952 vs. San Francisco 49ers at Akron L 31–35
30,119

Regular Season Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 28, 1952 Los Angeles Rams W 37–7
57,832
2 October 4, 1952 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 21–20
27,923
3 October 12, 1952 New York Giants L 17–9
51,858
4 October 19, 1952 at Philadelphia Eagles W 49–7
27,874
5 October 26, 1952 Washington Redskins W 19–15
32,496
6 November 2, 1952 at Detroit Lions L 17–6
56,029
7 November 9, 1952 Chicago Cardinals W 28–13
34,097
8 November 16, 1952 Pittsburgh Steelers W 29–28
34,973
9 November 23, 1952 Philadelphia Eagles L 28–20
28,948
10 November 30, 1952 at Washington Redskins W 48–24
22,679
11 December 7, 1952 at Chicago Cardinals W 10–0
24,541
12 December 14, 1952 at New York Giants L 37–34
41,610

Game Summaries

Week 1

The Browns avenged their 1951 NFL Championship Game loss to Los Angeles with a 37-7 romp over the Rams at Cleveland Stadium. The Browns take a 23-0 halftime lead and never headed. Ken Carpenter rushes for 145 yards on 16 carries and the Browns defense limits Rams quarterbacks Norm Van Brocklin and Bob Waterfield to a combined six completions in 27 attempts.

Week 4

Despite being without injured wide receiver Dante Lavelli and Carpenter and then losing defensive end Bob Gain to a broken jaw, the Browns have little problem pounding the Eagles 49-7 in Philadelphia. It is Cleveland's 5th win over Philadelphia in as many meetings. Otto Graham throws for 290 yards and four touchdowns and even backup quarterback George Ratterman gets into the act, throwing an 11-yard touchdown pass to Horace Gillom.

Week 6

In the first regular-season meeting between the Lions and the Browns, the lions win 17-6, at Briggs Stadium. The Lions lead 10-6, when a Graham pass intended for Ray Renfro is picked off by Detroit's Jack Christiansen. On the Lions next play from scrimmage, Bob Hoernschemeyer runs for 41 yards, setting up a Bobby Layne to Leon Hart TD pass.

Week 10

The Browns take a one-game lead in the Eastern Conference with a 48-24 win at Washington. Chuck Jagade runs for 127 yards on 16 carries, including a 17-yardTD scamper on a draw play. Carpenter also had a big day returning punts including one for 53 yards and a touchdown.

Week 12

Needing a win in the season finale to clinch the Eastern Conference Title, The Browns lose to the Giants in New York City 17-14. Charlie Conerly fires four TD passes for the Giants while Graham threw three interceptions. The Browns clinch anyway when Washington upsets Philadelphia.

NFL Championship Game

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Championship December 28, 1952 Detroit Lions L 17–7
50,934

Standings

NFL American Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns 8 4 0 .667 7–3 310 213 L1
Philadelphia Eagles 7 5 0 .583 6–4 252 271 L1
New York Giants 7 5 0 .583 5–4 234 231 W1
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 7 0 .417 4–5 300 273 L1
Chicago Cardinals 4 8 0 .333 3–7 172 221 L2
Washington Redskins 4 8 0 .333 4–6 237 287 W2

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.


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