Vikings-Browns Series History

Posted Sep 21, 2013

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BROWNS-VIKINGS SERIES- The Vikings and Browns will meet for the 15th time in the history of the franchises today and for the 8th time in Minnesota. The Vikings hold a 11-3 all-time series advantage and have won all 4 previous meetings in Minnesota. The Vikings and Browns last met in a regular-season game during the 2005 season at the Metrodome, a 24-11 Vikings win. The Vikings topped Cleveland 27-7 on 1/4/70 to win the NFL title and advance to the 1st Super Bowl in team history against AFL winner Kansas City. The game marked the final Super Bowl before the NFL-AFL merger that created the modern NFL with an American Football Conference and National Football Conference and Cleveland moved to the AFC after being a charter NFL member.

DOME FIELD ADVANTAGE- The Vikings moved from Met Stadium to the Mall of America Field for the 1982 season and have played 253 regular season and playoff games under the roof. The Vikings have amassed 164-89 record in those games. The Vikings were 7-1 at home last season and are riding a 3-game win streak at home.

TOP PERFORMANCES AGAINST CLEVELAND- The last time the Vikings met the Browns was the 2009 season opener at Cleveland. Adrian Peterson set the Vikings opening-day record with 180 yards and 3 TDs in the game. In 1980 at Met Stadium, Tommy Kramer became the 1st Vikings QB to pass for 450 yards, going for 456 and 4 TDs, a team yardage record that stood until Kramer broke his own mark in 1986 at Washington with 490. The Washington game did go to overtime though, so the 456 yards still stands as the record for games played in regulation time. In the series history, 14 games, only 3 Vikings RBs have rushed for 100 yards- Peterson’s 180, Bill Brown rambling for 138 in 1965, the 1st meeting between the teams, and Darrin Nelson ran for 118 yards in 1986 at the Dome. In the inaugural game of the series in 1965 in Cleveland, Fran Tarkenton connected with Tommy Mason for the longest pass play by the Vikings in the series, a 72-yard score en route to a 27-17 Vikings win.