32 Reasons Why Cleveland Browns Fans Hate the Denver Broncos

Additional images, a video and more below.
Additional images, a video and more below.

On Sunday, October 18, the Denver Broncos and the Cleveland Browns will renew their rivalry.

If you can call it that.

As shown in win-loss stats courtesy of FootballDB.com on view below, the Browns beat the Broncos three of the first four times they played. Since 1975, however, the Broncos have gone 21-2 against the squad — and the last time the Browns tasted victory against Denver was in 1990.

Those 22 wins out of 27 attempts aren't the only reasons Browns fans despise the Broncos, though. It's the way those losses took place. The Denver Broncos 2015 media guide includes ten wins over the Browns in its "Historical Highlights" section, including the most famous: "The Drive," during which quarterback John Elway led his team on a 98-yard march over five-plus minutes, with the touchdown pass to Mark Jackson ripping out the heart from every man, woman and child rooting for the Browns.

Look below to media-guide descriptions of those ten wins, illustrated with screen captures from The Drive. They're followed by overall stats and a video of a sequence that still gives Browns loyalists chest pains more than a quarter-century later.

OCTOBER 24, 1971:
Denver coach Lou Saban and the Broncos down Cleveland 27-0. It was the first time the Browns were shutout since 1952 and marked Saban’s last victory as Bronco coach.

SEPTEMBER 26, 1976:
Rick Upchurch ties an NFL record by returning two punts for touchdowns in a 44-13 win over the visiting Cleveland Browns.

OCTOBER 5, 1980:
Randy Gradishar returns an interception 93 yards for a touchdown vs. Cleveland, the longest such return in team history and the NFL’s longest for 1980 season.

JANUARY 11, 1987:
The Broncos post a thrilling, 23-20 overtime win over the Cleveland Browns to win the AFC championship and earn a trip to Super Bowl XXI.

JANUARY 17, 1988:
Denver becomes the first AFC team to win consecutive conference championships since Pittsburgh of 1978-79 by defeating Cleveland 38-33. The game garnered a 91 television share in the Denver area, believed to be an all-time national viewing high.

JANUARY 14, 1990:
The Broncos become the only AFC team to win three conference titles in the 1980s with a 37-21 victory over Cleveland in the AFC Championship Game.

DECEMBER 8, 1991:
A 17-7 win at Cleveland clinches a playoff berth for the Broncos.

OCTOBER 22, 2006:
By allowing only one touchdown in its 17-7 win at Cleveland, Denver becomes the first team since the 1934 Detroit Lions to allow two or fewer touchdowns through its first six games of a season.

NOVEMBER 6, 2008:
With their 34-30 comeback win at Cleveland on Thursday Night Football, the Broncos become just the second original AFL team to reach 400 overall victories.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2009:
Shannon Sharpe is inducted into the club’s Ring of Fame in a halftime ceremony during Denver’s regular-season home opener against Cleveland. Outside linebacker/defensive end Elvis Dumervil ties a club record with four sacks against the Browns.

Date Team Opponent H/A Stadium Result Attend
12/23/2012 Denver Broncos Cleveland Browns H Sports Authority Field at Mile High (Denver, CO) W 34-12 76,351
09/20/2009 Denver Broncos Cleveland Browns H Invesco Field at Mile High (Denver, CO) W 27-6 73,931
11/06/2008 Denver Broncos Cleveland Browns A Cleveland Browns Stadium (Cleveland, OH) W 34-30 73,141
10/22/2006 Denver Broncos Cleveland Browns A Cleveland Browns Stadium (Cleveland, OH) W 17-7 73,024
12/14/2003 Denver Broncos Cleveland Browns H Invesco Field at Mile High (Denver, CO) W 23-20,OT 75,358
10/15/2000 Denver Broncos Cleveland Browns H Mile High Stadium (Denver, CO) W 44-10 75,811
10/30/1994 Denver Broncos Cleveland Browns H Mile High Stadium (Denver, CO) W 26-14
11/07/1993 Denver Broncos Cleveland Browns A Cleveland Municipal Stadium (Cleveland, OH) W 29-14
09/27/1992 Denver Broncos Cleveland Browns A Cleveland Municipal Stadium (Cleveland, OH) W 12-0
12/08/1991 Denver Broncos Cleveland Browns A Cleveland Municipal Stadium (Cleveland, OH) W 17-7
10/08/1990 Denver Broncos Cleveland Browns H Mile High Stadium (Denver, CO) L 30-29
01/14/1990 * Denver Broncos Cleveland Browns H Mile High Stadium (Denver, CO) W 37-21
10/01/1989 Denver Broncos Cleveland Browns A Cleveland Municipal Stadium (Cleveland, OH) L 16-13
11/13/1988 Denver Broncos Cleveland Browns H Mile High Stadium (Denver, CO) W 30-7
01/17/1988 * Denver Broncos Cleveland Browns H Mile High Stadium (Denver, CO) W 38-33
01/11/1987 * Denver Broncos Cleveland Browns A Cleveland Municipal Stadium (Cleveland, OH) W 23-20,OT
09/16/1984 Denver Broncos Cleveland Browns A Cleveland Municipal Stadium (Cleveland, OH) W 24-14
12/04/1983 Denver Broncos Cleveland Browns H Mile High Stadium (Denver, CO) W 27-6
11/08/1981 Denver Broncos Cleveland Browns H Mile High Stadium (Denver, CO) W 23-20,OT
10/05/1980 Denver Broncos Cleveland Browns A Cleveland Municipal Stadium (Cleveland, OH) W 19-16
11/12/1978 Denver Broncos Cleveland Browns A Cleveland Municipal Stadium (Cleveland, OH) W 19-7
09/26/1976 Denver Broncos Cleveland Browns H Mile High Stadium (Denver, CO) W 44-13
10/19/1975 Denver Broncos Cleveland Browns H Mile High Stadium (Denver, CO) W 16-15
10/27/1974 Denver Broncos Cleveland Browns A Cleveland Municipal Stadium (Cleveland, OH) L 23-21
10/29/1972 Denver Broncos Cleveland Browns H Mile High Stadium (Denver, CO) L 27-20
10/24/1971 Denver Broncos Cleveland Browns A Cleveland Municipal Stadium (Cleveland, OH) W 27-0
12/20/1970 Denver Broncos Cleveland Browns H Mile High Stadium (Denver, CO) L 27-13

* AFC Championship Game

Denver Broncos lead series 22-5-0Points Scored: Denver Broncos 686, Cleveland Browns 415

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