Saints/Browns Memorable Game: October 28, 1984 – VIDEO
The New Orleans Saints are on the road for week two of the 2014 NFL season on Sunday, when they travel to Cleveland, Ohio to take on the Cleveland Browns in an inter-conference match-up.
Kickoff at FirstEnergy Stadium is scheduled for noon, and you can hear all the play-by-play action on ESPN 1420, as well as 97.3 The Dawg.
Both teams will go into the match-up at 0-1 on the season, with the Saints falling in overtime to the Atlanta Falcons, 37-34 last Sunday, while the Bowns dropped a 30-27 decision to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Browns lead the all-time series, 12-4, and have outscored the Saints, 371-266, in the 16 match-ups between the two franchises.
After Art Modell moved the original Browns’ franchise to Baltimore in 1995, and the expansion Browns resumed operations in 1999, Cleveland holds a 3-1 advantage over the Saints.
All week long, in anticipation of the upcoming contest, we’ll be taking a look back at some of the more memorable games between the two franchises.
On Monday, we went back to October 1, 1967, for the very first game ever played between the two teams, a convincing 42-7 win by the Browns.
Today, we go back to October 28, 1984, for a 16-14 Saints' victory, their first all-time win over the Browns in nine tries
New Orleans, who was 3-5 heading into the game at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, while Cleveland was struggling, at 1-7.
That Saints were looking for their first win in franchise history against the Browns, having been outscored, 220-117, in the first eight games.
After a scoreless first quarter, New Orleans jumped on top first, in the second quarter, when quarterback Richard Todd hit Hokie Gajan with a short 2-yard touchdown pass, giving them a 7-0 lead.
Cleveland tied things later in the quarter, when Ozzie Newsome caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Paul McDonald, making the score 7-7.
The Saints retook the lead, courtesy of a 26-yard field goal by Morten Andersen, giving them a 10-7 advantage, a lead they would take with them into the locker room at halftime.
The Browns grabbed their only lead in the third quarter, when McDonald and Newsome connected on another touchdown pass, this one from 5 yards out, giving them a 14-10 advantage.
New Orleans cut the Cleveland lead to one point in the fourth quarter, when Andersen kicked through a short 21-yard field goal, making the score 14-13.
The Saints, with under 2:00 to go, got the football, and drove down to the Cleveland 35-yard line, setting up Andersen for a long 53-yard field goal attempt, which he nailed as time expired, his third field goal of the afternoon, giving them a dramatic 16-14 road victory.
New Orleans outgained Cleveland, in terms of total yards, 373-262, including a 111-83 advantage on the ground, and a 262-179 edge through the air.
Todd led the way for the Saints, completing 21-of-27 passes for 294 yards with one touchdown, while Gajan rushed for 52 yards on seven carries, and Tyrone Young accumulated 101 receiving yards on four catches.
In a losing cause for the Browns, McDonald threw for 193 yards, while Boyce Green rushed for 74 yards on 23 carries.
New Orleans went on to finish 1984 with a 7-9 record, while Cleveland went 5-11.
Below, view highlights from the 1984 Saints' season: