Thursday marks 25th anniversary of Cleveland Browns playoff loss with 'The Fumble'

Earnest Byner fumbles vs. Denver 25 years ago

CLEVELAND - Well, Cleveland Browns fans, Thursday marks another sad anniversary in Browns history.

It feels like yesterday that I wrote about the 25th anniversary of "The Drive." This time, I had to relive "The Fumble."

It has been 25 years since Earnest Byner fumbled at the Broncos two-yard line while trying to rush into the endzone at Mile High Stadium in Denver. It would have been the game-tying touchdown.

While searching for the file video of "The Fumble," I was amazed to look back at the game itself to see what lead up to that infamous moment. John Elway and the Broncos took control of the game early before Bernie Kosar rallied the Browns back. In fact Byner played a key role in the comeback catching a touchdown pass from Kosar.

But in the end, it's what happened to Byner in the final moments of the game that we will all remember, unfortunately.

While the Broncos would not win Super Bowl XXII, all of us here in Cleveland will never know if that would have been the year this city experienced championship glory. That play could have been a sign of things to come for the franchise.

Twenty-five years later, the Browns are just one of four teams to never appear in the Super Bowl. The original Browns won a Super Bowl back in 2001, as the Baltimore Ravens. The Browns last playoff victory happened 19 years ago in 1994. The current Browns have only made one playoff appearance since returning to the NFL in 1999 and have only two winning seasons in that span of time.

The good thing about writing about this anniversary in Browns history is that I don't have to write about another sad day for the franchise at this time next year.

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