The Cleveland Browns were part of two of the biggest heartbreaking losses in NFL history. In 1987 (at the end of the 1986 season), the Denver Broncos defeated the Browns in the AFC Championship after John Elway orchestrated "The Drive," a 98-yard scoring drive that tied the game. The Broncos went on to defeat the Browns in overtime, 23-20. The following year, the Broncos once again bested the Browns in the AFC Championship Game. The Broncos recovered a fumble by Earnest Byner as he was clearly on his way to a game-tying touchdown. The play is now referred to as "The Fumble."
The Browns began life in 1946 as part of the All-American Football Conference (AAFC) and joined the National Football League in 1950. The team of that era, coach by NFL pioneer Paul Brown and quarterbacked by Otto Graham, was nothing short of dominate. They won all four AAFC championships and then four more once they joined the NFL. After the 1995 season, Art Modell moved the franchise to Baltimore. In a unique deal, all the history, stats, and colors stayed in Cleveland while Modell was only allowed to take his players and staff. The Browns returned to playing football in 1999 and even though they are actually an expansion team, in the NFL's eyes they are officially the same Browns team that was founded in 1946. The team plays at Cleveland Browns Stadium and is in the AFC North with rivals the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, and Pittsburgh Steelers.