Until they moved to the AFC in 1970, the Cleveland Browns were the Eagles’ number one rival. The two biggest Cleveland wins during that period were on the road against the Baltimore Colts. In the years shown below, Baltimore went on to win the NFL Title.
The Browns weighed in at 3-2 and the Colts were 4-1. Jimmy Brown gave one of his best performances, considering it was against the league’s best defense. He carried 32 times for 178 yards and five touchdowns. The two longest TD runs were 71 and 17 yards. This running made life easy for Cleveland quarterback Milt Plum, who passed sparingly but effectively. For Baltimore, Johnny Unitas completed 23 passes in 41 attempts for 397 yards and four touchdowns. Raymond Berry caught 11 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown. Since Unitas was always coming from behind, he threw three interceptions. Cleveland 38 Baltimore 31.
Cleveland was in the middle of a five game winning streak. After that, they lost three in a row. The Browns finished second in the Eastern Conference at 7-5. Baltimore finished 9-3, winning the Western Conference. They defeated the New York Giants in the title game 31 to 16.
After five weeks Baltimore was undefeated and Cleveland, starting slowly, was 2-3. Earl Morrall was ineffective at quarterback. John Unitas, with a sore tendon, came in and threw three interceptions. Quarterback Bill Nelson for Cleveland completed 15 of 23 passes for 137 yards and three touchdowns. Leroy Kelley carried 30 times for 130 yards and a touchdown. This was Baltimore’s only loss of the season. Cleveland, after a rough start, won the Eastern Conference title at 10-4. In the NFL Title game at Cleveland it was a different story. Baltimore won 34 to 0.