Steelers vs Browns History?

The Browns VS the Steelers have a great NFL rivalry. I just want to ask this: Who has beat who more. Who's the best of both teams? They play each other at least twice a year. Who has won more throughout the years and what have all the scores been? Please let me know the score history of both teams.

asked by House in Football | 3627 views | 10-18-2009 at 08:03 PM

The Browns-Steelers history is one of the most storied rivalries in the NFL (5th in all time contests but 1st in parity) and the most storied in the AFC surpassing any other rivalry in the conference by at least 5 contests (117 season and post season games have been played). The rivalry has been called locally the Turnpike Rivalry, due to the two cities being connected via the Pennsylvania and Ohio Turnpikes. The Browns and Steelers first met in 1950, the Browns' first in the NFL after dominating the AAFC. At 114 meetings and counting, it is the oldest rivalry in the AFC.

Early on during this period, the Browns were one of the NFL's elite teams and dominated the rivalry. The Steelers did not win the first game against the Browns until 1954. As a result, the rivalry was mainly fueled by the proximity between the two cities, with Cleveland and Pittsburgh being roughly 2 hours apart from each other. The city of Youngstown, Ohio is roughly located at the halfway mark between the two cities and is within the 75-mile blackout radius for both teams. The Youngstown television market has dual rights to both teams. Both teams have such strong fan bases that neither typically has blackout issues since the current rules were implemented in 1973, although the final two games of the 1995 season were blacked out in Cleveland (the last two prior to the team's move to Baltimore). The Youngstown area fan base remains roughly split 50/50 between the Steelers and Browns.

The rivalry would carry over to the newly-formed AFC in 1970 as the two teams and the then-Baltimore Colts joined the former AFL teams in the conference as part of the AFL-NFL merger. The newly-merged league needed to move three teams from the "old" NFL to the AFC so that the two conferences had 13 teams even. (The rest of the "old" NFL teams joined the newly-formed NFC.) Then-Browns owner Art Modell immediately volunteered the Browns to move to the AFC because of a potential intrastate rivalry with the Cincinnati Bengals (as well as his personal animosity with Paul Brown at the time), and was able to convince Art Rooney to join him in the AFC in order to continue their own rivalry.

However, in the 1970s the Steelers had begun to even the playing field with the Browns, led by head coach Chuck Noll, a Cleveland native and former Browns linebacker. By then, the rivalry between the two clubs was more hostile and personal, as evident in the 1976 matchup at Cleveland Municipal Stadium, when Joe "Turkey" Jones viciously sacked Terry Bradshaw after the whistle had been blown. Bradshaw would suffer a neck injury from the play, and the footage of the sack has since become immortalized in NFL Films as part of the rivalry. During this decade, the Steelers would win four Super Bowls.

While the two would exchange victories in the 1970s and 1980s, by the 1990s the Steelers would become the dominant team in the rivalry. Since the Browns' last series sweep in 1988, the Steelers have an overwhelming 28-8 mark against the Browns, enough that in 2007 the Steelers took over the lead in the all-time series (which they currently lead at 59-55) for the first time, and have won the last eleven in a row dating back to the 2003 season, the longest such streak in the rivalry to date. During most of this time, Bill Cowher was head coach of the Steelers. Cowher, a native of the Pittsburgh suburb of Crafton, also played linebacker for the Browns (though unlike Noll, Cowher mostly played special teams), and also served as an assistant in Cleveland under Marty Schottenheimer, himself a native of another Pittsburgh area suburb, Canonsburg.

The Steelers also have a 2-0 record against the Browns in the playoffs, with both games taking place in Pittsburgh.

The rivalry took a brief hiatus from 1996-1998 due to the Cleveland Browns relocation controversy. Partially due to the rivalry and partially out of respect, Pittsburgh was one of the few cities alongside Cleveland to protest the move. While Browns fans still consider the Steelers as their main archrival, a small number of Steeler fans consider their rivalry with the Baltimore Ravens the "spiritual" successor to this rivalry due to Art Modell moving the his franchise to Baltimore and establish the expansion Ravens, even though the recent one-sidedness of this rivalry in favor of the Steelers has influenced this thinking as well. Nevertheless, it is still heated between both teams and one of the most heated rivalries in the NFL.

answered by Melu | 10-18-2009 at 08:04 PM

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