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In 1979, there was a stretch in the history of the Cleveland Browns when they would battle it out through very close games. This is what led to them being dubbed as the “Kardiac Kids”, and the following season was to be one of the most memorable chapters in franchise history.
A number of Cleveland Browns games in the 1980 season were decided in the final moments. It was also the first time the franchise had gone past the regular season in eight long years.
Against the Cincinnati Bengals, and down 10-0 in the first half, the Browns would turn the tide and defeat the Bengals by just 3 points – 27-24, winning the Central title. The winning field goal was kicked by Don Cockroft. The Bengals had 85 seconds left, but that wasn’t enough.
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It was a dream season for the Cleveland Browns, and their faithful fans, until the Red Right 88 game. There, they faced off against the Oakland Raiders, and fought hard in the playoffs for the first time in nine seasons. The Browns reached the Oakland 13 with a few seconds remaining. They were down 14-12. It was a perfect opportunity, but Brian Sipe’s pass into the waiting arms of legendary Ozzie Newsome (who was waiting in the end zone) was intercepted. That moment broke hearts all over Cleveland, and ended the Browns’ season.
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