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I was looking for highlights of it but could not find it, so I found the boxscore for what I consider one of the best games that took place between the Cleveland Browns and the Houston Oilers. The game took place on December 23, 1989 with the Browns winning in the last minute on a Kevin Mack run 24-20.

I recall it vividly because I was at my in-laws in South Carolina at the time, and I was watching the game with some other in-law types who came from Houston:

 

1 2 3 4 Final Cleveland Browns (9-6-1) 10 7 0 7 24 Houston Oilers (9-7-0) 0 3 7 10 20

 

Game Info Stadium Houston Astrodome Start Time (ET) 8:00pm Roof dome Surface astroturf Vegas Line Houston Oilers -3.5 Over/Under 43.0 (over)

Scoring

CLE HOU 1st Browns Matt Bahr 32 yard field goal 3 0

Browns Eric Metcalf 68 yard pass from Bernie Kosar (Matt Bahr kick) 10 0

2nd Browns Webster Slaughter 40 yard pass from Bernie Kosar (Matt Bahr kick) 17 0

Oilers Tony Zendejas 30 yard field goal 17 3

3rd Oilers Drew Hill 9 yard pass from Warren Moon (Tony Zendejas kick) 17 10

4th Oilers Tony Zendejas 37 yard field goal 17 13

Oilers Drew Hill 27 yard pass from Warren Moon (Tony Zendejas kick) 17 20

Browns Kevin Mack 4 yard rush (Matt Bahr kick) 24 20

Team Stats
CLE HOU First downs 21 28 Rush-yards-TDs 26-105-1 19-102-0 Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT 18-36-228-2-0 32-51-414-2-1 Sacked-yards 1-9 5-33 Net pass yards 219 381 Total yards 324 483 Fumbles-lost 1-1 2-1 Turnovers 1 2 Penalties-yards 7-41 12-77 Time of Possession 29:46 30:14

 

Passing, Rushing, & Receiving
Passing Rushing Receiving Player Tm Cmp Att Yds TD Int Lng Att Yds TD Lng Rec Yds TD Lng
Bernie Kosar CLE 18 36 228 2 0 68 3 7 0 5
Eric Metcalf CLE 4 14 0 9 2 74 1 68
Webster Slaughter CLE 3 66 1 40
Kevin Mack CLE 12 62 1 12 1 3 0 3
Reggie Langhorne CLE 5 38 0 9
Brian Brennan CLE 4 34 0 11
Barry Redden CLE 6 23 0 8 1 6 0 6
Gerald McNeil CLE 1 6 0 6
Ozzie Newsome CLE 1 1 0 1
Tim Manoa CLE 1 -1 0 -1 P
Passing Rushing Receiving Player Tm Cmp Att Yds TD Int Lng Att Yds TD Lng Rec Yds TD Lng
Warren Moon HOU 32 51 414 2 1 37 4 20 0 12
Drew Hill HOU 10 141 2 37
Allen Pinkett HOU 8 63 0 27 4 36 0 13
Curtis Duncan HOU 7 85 0 19
Ernest Givins HOU 6 75 0 18
Alonzo Highsmith HOU 4 14 0 12 3 40 0 16
Chris Verhulst HOU 2 37 0 21
Mike Rozier HOU 3 5 0 4
Defense & Returns
Def Interceptions Fumbles Kick Returns Punt Returns Player Tm Sk Int Yds TD Lng FR Yds TD Rt Yds Y/Rt TD Lng Ret Yds Y/R TD Lng
Al Baker CLE 1.5 0 0 0 0
Robert Banks CLE 1.5 0 0 0 0
Mark Harper CLE 1.0 0 0 0 0
Clay Matthews CLE 1.0 0 0 0 0
Gerald McNeil CLE 0 0 0 0 4 61 15.3 0 0 2 8 4.0 0 0
Eric Metcalf CLE 0 0 0 0 1 21 21.0 0 0
Felix Wright CLE 1 22 0 22
Def Interceptions Fumbles Kick Returns Punt Returns Player Tm Sk Int Yds TD Lng FR Yds TD Rt Yds Y/Rt TD Lng Ret Yds Y/R TD Lng
Kenny Johnson HOU 0 0 0 0 1 1 1.0 0 0 3 4 1.3 0 0
Tracy Johnson HOU 0 0 0 0 1 11 11.0 0 0
Robert Lyles HOU 1.0 0 0 0 0
Lorenzo White HOU 0 0 0 0 1 29 29.0 0 0
Kicking & Punting
Scoring Punting Player Tm XPM XPA FGM FGA Pnt Yds Y/P Lng
Matt Bahr CLE 3 3 1 1 0 0 0
Bryan Wagner CLE 6 265 44.2 0
Scoring Punting Player Tm XPM XPA FGM FGA Pnt Yds Y/P Lng
Greg Montgomery HOU 4 172 43.0 0
Tony Zendejas HOU 2 2 2 3 0 0 0
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I was there. Snowing like a motherfucker. Packed house. One of my fondest memories as a Browns fan. Clay Mathews was a beast that game.

Yeah, you're thinking of the season finale where Don Strock had to come in, and we rallied for a 28-23 win to put us in the playoffs.

 

Then, we hosted the Oilers the next weekend in a playoff game, and effing Jerry Markbreit ruined our Christmas Eve with one of the worst calls in NFL history. Warren Moon threw a lateral to Haywood Jeffires around the Houston 5. It fell incomplete and Clay Matthews recovered it. Markbreit disallowed the recovery, said the whistle blew and killed the play.

 

Perhaps you old-timers remember that game-Earnest Byner committed I think 3 personal fouls. That, combined with the prior year's "Fumble," lead to his trade to Washington-yikes.

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I remember that game. A friend and I watched it at the old Quinns Pub on Lakeshore Blvd in Euclid.. Mack carried the team that day.

Indeed he did. I think Mack came back from a drug suspension, and the last drive the Browns just kept feeding it to him, he would not be denied.

 

I also think this game had the infamous lateral by Clay Matthews to Big Daddy Hairston- it nearly cost them the game.

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Yeah, you're thinking of the season finale where Don Strock had to come in, and we rallied for a 28-23 win to put us in the playoffs.

 

Then, we hosted the Oilers the next weekend in a playoff game, and effing Jerry Markbreit ruined our Christmas Eve with one of the worst calls in NFL history. Warren Moon threw a lateral to Haywood Jeffires around the Houston 5. It fell incomplete and Clay Matthews recovered it. Markbreit disallowed the recovery, said the whistle blew and killed the play.

 

Perhaps you old-timers remember that game-Earnest Byner committed I think 3 personal fouls. That, combined with the prior year's "Fumble," lead to his trade to Washington-yikes.

Three personal fouls? I only remember one......and it was a total bullshit call.....but it did help the Oilers win that game.

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