The Browns’ big day last Sunday just keeps getting bigger.
The club announced Tuesday that running back Jerome Harrison and returner Joshua Cribbs combined to have the most all-purpose yards by two teammates in NFL history in the 41-34 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
Harrison and Cribbs amassed 614 yards, easily shattering the mark of 550 by wide receiver Jerry Rice and running back Dexter Carter of the San Francisco 49ers on Dec. 18, 1995.
Harrison rushed for 286 yards, the third-most in a game in NFL history, and added 12 receiving yards for a total of 298.
Cribbs had 269 yards on kickoff returns, two of which went for touchdowns, giving him an all-time NFL high of eight, 36 yards on punt returns, eight yards rushing and three yards on receptions.
The San Diego Chargers’ Wes Chandler and Lionel James are third with 533 yards on Sept. 15, 1985.
Two Browns Pro Football Hall of Fame running backs, Jim Brown and Bobby Mitchell, racked up 511 yards against the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 19, 1961 at Cleveland. That’s the day Brown tied his own NFL single-game rushing record, set four years earlier, with 237 yards. That’s the figure Harrison surpassed on Sunday to establish the club mark.
Hall of Fame wide receiver Tommy McDonald, who finished his career in 1968 with the Browns, combined with his Eagles teammate, Timmy Brown, for 505 yards on Dec. 16, 1962.
Standing sixth is the combination of Chicago Bears HOF running back Gale Sayers and Jon Arnett, who had 503 yards on Dec. 12, 1965.
It seems interesting that four of the top six performances came during the month of December, and that three of them occurred in a five-year stretch from 1961-65.
Anyway, Harrison and Cribbs earned their way into the NFL record books, this time as a duo, adding another bright spot from Sunday’s offensive-charged victory.
You like numbers – really big numbers, some of which are historic?
Then the Browns’ 41-34 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at Arrowhead stadium is your game.
The teams’ combined point total of 75 was the most in a Browns contest since the 96 scored in their 51-45 triumph over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2 in 2007.
The Browns scored their most points since a 41-31 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 14, 2007.
The Browns won in Kansas City for the first time in 21 years. They last triumphed there 6-3 on Sept. 4, 1988 in the season opener.
Coming off a 13-6 decision over the Pittsburgh Steelers a week and a half ago, the Browns won back-to-back games for the first time in 14 months, not since beating the Bengals 20-12 on Sept. 28, 2008 and the New York Giants 35-14 on Oct. 13.
Cleveland’s Joshua Cribbs returned kickoffs 103 and 100 yards for touchdowns, giving him an NFL-record eight kickoff returns for scores.
He became the ninth player in NFL history and the first in Browns annals to return two kickoffs for a TD in a game.
His 269 kickoff return yards are the most in Browns history and the fourth-most ever in the NFL.
With 305 total return yards on the day, Cribbs passed Michael Lewis (7,807) and Jermaine Lewis (7,893) to move to 14th all-time on the NFL career return yards list. He has 1,102 punt and 6,982 kickoff return yards for 8,084 in his career.
Cribbs tied a club record with three kickoff return scores this season. He also had two in 2007, as did Eric Metcalf in 1990.
Jerome Harrison rushed for 286 yards, the most in Browns’ history, breaking the half-century old mark of 237 held by Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown. It is also the third-most ever in the NFL, behind Adrian Peterson’s 296 in 2007 and Jamal Lewis’ 295 in 2003 – against Cleveland.
Harrison rushed for three touchdowns, the most a Brown since Lewis also had three against the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 4, 2007.
His 71-yarder for a TD in the second quarter is the Browns’ longest play of the season.
The Browns rushed for 351 yards as a team, one shy of the team mark of 352 set against the Chicago Cardinals way back on Oct. 12, 1958.
Coupled with the 171 yards against the Steelers two Thursday nights ago, the Browns had 170 or more yards rushing in back-to-back games for the first time since 1985.
The Browns did not allow a sack for the first time in 13 months, not since Nov. 23, 2008 against the Houston Texans.
The Browns got another sack to give them 33 for the season, their most since 2003 and nearly double their 2008 total of 17.