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.
|Gary W. Anderson||1985||sdg||10||rai||70||84||0||0||154||2||499|
|John Henry Johnson||1963||pit||10||was||105||37||0||0||142||2||462|
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