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Jerome Harrison and Joshua Cribbs bury Chiefs, set record

Posted by Chase Stuart on December 20, 2009

The Cleveland Browns earned a particularly unlikely 41-34 victory over the Chiefs today. Most of the day, the Browns didn't show up. Brady Quinn was 10/17 for 66 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions while the defense was shredded by both the run and the pass. In the first half, Kansas City scored 24 points and largely shut down the Cleveland offense. But thanks to two Joshua Cribbs kickoff return touchdowns, the Browns were still in the game. While Cribbs cooled off in the second half, that's when running back Jerome Harrison got hot. After rushing for 73 yards in the first half, Harrison had 213 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the second half, leading the Browns to victory. Harrison's 286 rushing yards were the third most in NFL history.

Cribbs set or tied several records today. He scored his 7th and 8th career kickoff return touchdowns, breaking a six-way tie for the most in NFL history. He tied the career record, three, of most kickoff return touchdowns of 100 yards or more. He became the 9th player (and second this season) to score two KO TDs in the same game, an NFL record. With 316 all-purpose yards, Cribbs now has 2,336 all-purpose yards on the season. All-purpose yards are the sum of a player's rushing, receiving, punt return and kick return yards. He'll need 355 all-purpose yards in his last two games to set the single-season record, set by Derrick Mason in 2000.

But as teammates, Cribbs and Harrison obliterated another record today. They combined for an incredible 614 all-purpose yards today. Since 1960, only 19 teammates ever had as many as 450 combined all-purpose yards in a single game, and no pair had topped 550 before today. Here are the top 20 single-season dynamic duos of the past 50 seasons. Playoff games are marked with an asterisk.

player year tm gm opp rshyd recyd kryd pryd apy rk combined
Joshua Cribbs 2009 cle 14 kan 8 3 269 36 316 1 614
Jerome Harrison 2009 cle 14 kan 286 12 0 0 298 2 614
Jerry Rice 1995 sfo 15 min 10 289 0 0 299 1 550
Dexter Carter 1995 sfo 15 min 3 0 122 126 251 2 550
Lionel James 1985 sdg 2 sea 41 96 134 19 290 1 533
Wes Chandler 1985 sdg 2 sea 0 243 0 0 243 2 533
Jim Brown 1961 cle 10 phi 237 52 24 0 313 1 511
Bobby Mitchell 1961 cle 10 phi 43 54 101 0 198 2 511
Timmy Brown 1962 phi 14 crd 50 199 92 0 341 1 505
Tommy McDonald 1962 phi 14 crd 0 162 0 2 164 2 505
Gale Sayers 1965 chi 13 sfo 113 89 0 134 336 1 503
Jon Arnett 1965 chi 13 sfo 30 8 129 0 167 2 503
Lionel James 1985 sdg 10 rai 51 168 126 0 345 1 499
Gary W. Anderson 1985 sdg 10 rai 70 84 0 0 154 2 499
Abner Haynes 1960 kan 4 nyj 46 80 58 74 258 1 493
Johnny Robinson 1960 kan 4 nyj 35 120 46 34 235 2 493
Glyn Milburn 1995 den 14 sea 131 45 133 95 404 1 488
Aaron Craver 1995 den 14 sea 61 23 0 0 84 2 488
Art Powell 1963 rai 14 oti 0 247 0 0 247 1 481
Clem Daniels 1963 rai 14 oti 158 76 0 0 234 2 481
Jerious Norwood 2008 atl 16 ram 56 22 192 0 270 1 478
Michael Turner 2008 atl 16 ram 208 0 0 0 208 2 478
Michael Lewis 2002 nor 6 was 0 70 203 83 356 1 475
Deuce McAllister 2002 nor 6 was 121 -2 0 0 119 2 475
Billy Cannon 1961 oti 13 nyj 216 114 43 0 373 1 474
Bill Groman 1961 oti 13 nyj 0 101 0 0 101 2 474
Ed Podolak 1971 kan 15* mia 85 110 154 1 350 1 469
Elmo Wright 1971 kan 15* mia 15 104 0 0 119 2 469
Gary Ballman 1963 pit 10 was 0 161 159 0 320 1 462
John Henry Johnson 1963 pit 10 was 105 37 0 0 142 2 462
Adrian Peterson 2007 min 5 chi 224 9 128 0 361 1 460
Troy Williamson 2007 min 5 chi 0 69 30 0 99 2 460
Jermaine Lewis 1997 rav 14 sea 0 33 91 184 308 1 458
Derrick Alexander 1997 rav 14 sea 0 150 0 0 150 2 458
Marshall Faulk 2000 ram 6 atl 208 78 0 0 286 1 457
Tony Horne 2000 ram 6 atl 0 8 163 0 171 2 457
Brian Baschnagel 1977 chi 9 kan 0 48 142 42 232 1 453
Walter Payton 1977 chi 9 kan 192 29 0 0 221 2 453
Keith Lincoln 1963 sdg 15* nwe 206 123 0 0 329 1 453
Lance Alworth 1963 sdg 15* nwe 0 77 47 0 124 2 453

Sorry, Jason.

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