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12-1-1, Finished 1st in AAFC West Division  · 1947 AAFC Season Summary

Scored 410 points (29.3/g), 1st of 8 in the AAFC. Allowed 185 points (13.2/g), 1st.
 Differential of 225 points (16.1/g), 1st.  Expected W-L: 12.2-1.8.

Coach: Paul Brown (12-1-1)

Stadium: Cleveland Municipal Stadium
 Training Camp: Bowling Green State (Bowling Green, Ohio)


Team Info

Principal Owner Arthur McBride
Head Coach/General Manager Paul Brown

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 410 5547 775 7.2 28 16 15 214 174 296 2990 26 12 10.1 91 479 2557 24 5.3 108
Team Defense 185 3888 806 4.8 51 19 11 188 129 303 1707 11 32 5.6 75 503 2181 12 4.3 102
Lg Rank Offense 1 1 1 3 2 5 1 1 1 1 6 3 2 2
Lg Rank Defense 1 2 1 5 7 5 1 1 1 1 4 4 3 4

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Fri September 5 boxscore W 1-0 Buffalo Bills 30 14 11 332 139 193 2 13 332 24 308 5
3 Fri September 12 boxscore W 2-0 @ Brooklyn Dodgers 55 7 13 417 194 223 11 177 39 138 5
3 Sun September 21 boxscore W 3-0 Baltimore Colts 28 0 11 295 122 173 1 14 297 159 138 6
5 Fri September 26 boxscore W 4-0 @ Chicago Rockets 41 21 14 395 163 232 4 9 322 195 127 10
5 Sun October 5 boxscore W 5-0 New York Yankees 26 17 14 373 161 212 1 11 222 111 111 3
6 Sun October 12 boxscore L 5-1 Los Angeles Dons 10 13 22 395 233 162 4 10 161 56 105 1
7 Sun October 19 boxscore W 6-1 Chicago Rockets 31 28 16 456 297 159 2 17 365 260 105 2
8 Sun October 26 boxscore W 7-1 @ San Francisco 49ers 14 7 22 415 278 137 3 15 251 85 166 1
10 Sun November 2 boxscore W 8-1 @ Buffalo Bills 28 7 13 392 256 136 2 13 252 167 85 1
10 Sun November 9 boxscore W 9-1 Brooklyn Dodgers 13 12 13 261 95 166 3 10 273 22 251
11 Sun November 16 boxscore W 10-1 San Francisco 49ers 37 14 18 440 284 156 17 329 159 170 4
12 Sun November 23 boxscore T 10-1-1 @ New York Yankees 28 28 19 424 325 99 4 19 331 62 269 1
13 Thu November 27 boxscore W 11-1-1 @ Los Angeles Dons 27 17 9 330 204 126 3 19 462 258 204 5
14 Sun December 7 boxscore W 12-1-1 @ Baltimore Colts 42 0 21 559 225 334 1 10 186 101 85 4
Playoffs
Championship Sun December 14 boxscore W 13-1-1 @ New York Yankees 14 3 15 284 112 172 1 13 212 89 123 3

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
Otto Graham+ 26 PR/QB 14 9 163 269 60.6% 2753 25 9.3 11 4.1 99 10.2 10.3 16.9 196.6 109.2
Ermal Allen 29 12 0 4 13 30.8% 88 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 6.8 6.8 22.0 7.3 55.9
Cliff Lewis 24 qb 13 5 5 11 45.5% 70 1 9.1 1 9.1 0 6.4 4.1 14.0 5.4 58.9
Edgar Jones 29 lh 9 5 2 3 66.7% 79 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 26.3 26.3 39.5 8.8 109.7
Team Total 26.2 14 174 296 58.8% 2990 26 8.8 12 4.1 99 10.1 10.0 17.2 213.6 105.5 0 0
Opp Total 14 129 303 42.6% 1707 11 3.6 32 10.6 5.6 1.61 13.2 121.9 33.6 0 0 5.6 1.6 0.0

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
Marion Motley 27 FB/KR 14 12 146 889 8 50 6.1 63.5 10.4 7 73 10.4 1 0 0.5 5.2 962 9 0
Edgar Jones 29 lh 9 5 69 443 5 0 6.4 49.2 7.7 5 92 18.4 1 0 0.6 10.2 535 6 0
Lew Mayne 27 hb 13 4 41 75 0 0 1.8 5.8 3.2 6 238 39.7 3 0 0.5 18.3 313 3 0
Bob Cowan 24 b 10 1 38 181 2 0 4.8 18.1 3.8 5 60 12.0 1 0 0.5 6.0 241 3 0
Bill Boedeker 23 hb 12 3 31 194 4 0 6.3 16.2 2.6 8 175 21.9 1 0 0.7 14.6 369 5 0
Spiro Dellerba 24 8 0 29 176 0 0 6.1 22.0 3.6 1 14 14.0 0 14 0.1 1.8 190 0 0
Tony Adamle 23 lb 14 1 23 95 1 0 4.1 6.8 1.6 1 22 22.0 0 22 0.1 1.6 117 1 0
Otto Graham+ 26 PR/QB 14 9 19 72 1 0 3.8 5.1 1.4 72 1 0
Don Greenwood 26 RH 11 6 18 94 0 0 5.2 8.5 1.6 5 49 9.8 0 0 0.5 4.5 143 0 0
Bill Lund 23 8 0 14 105 1 0 7.5 13.1 1.8 6 110 18.3 1 0 0.8 13.8 215 2 0
Jim Dewar 25 10 0 14 64 1 0 4.6 6.4 1.4 64 1 0
Tom Colella 29 LH 14 7 11 77 1 0 7.0 5.5 0.8 4 63 15.8 1 18 0.3 4.5 140 2 0
Cliff Lewis 24 qb 13 5 11 66 0 0 6.0 5.1 0.8 66 0 0
Ermal Allen 29 12 0 7 11 0 0 1.6 0.9 0.6 11 0 0
Ray Terrell 28 hb 3 1 5 28 0 0 5.6 9.3 1.7 28 0 0
Mac Speedie+ 27 LE 14 9 1 -7 0 -7 -7.0 -0.5 0.1 67 1146 17.1 6 99 4.8 81.9 1139 6 0
Ernie Blandin 28 LT 12 7 1 -6 0 -6 -6.0 -0.5 0.1 -6 0 0
Weldon Humble 26 LG 12 9 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 0
Dante Lavelli 24 RE 13 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 49 799 16.3 9 72 3.8 61.5 799 9 0
John Yonakor 26 re 14 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 95 15.8 2 0 0.4 6.8 95 2 0
Horace Gillom 26 P 14 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 24 12.0 0 0 0.1 1.7 24 0 0
Marshall Shurnas 25 e 11 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 30 15.0 0 0 0.2 2.7 30 0 0
Team Total 26.2 14 479 2557 24 50 5.3 182.6 34.2 174 2990 17.2 26 99 12.4 213.6 5547 50 0
Opp Total 14 503 2181 12 4.3 155.8 35.9 129 1707 13.2 11 9.2 121.9 3888 23 40

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
Marion Motley 27 FB/KR 14 12 13 322 0 0 24.8 1284
Cliff Lewis 24 qb 13 5 7 84 0 0 12.0 4 71 0 0 17.8 221
Otto Graham+ 26 PR/QB 14 9 10 121 0 0 12.1 193
Bill Boedeker 23 hb 12 3 3 82 0 0 27.3 6 133 0 0 22.2 584
Tom Colella 29 LH 14 7 5 113 1 82 22.6 1 13 0 13 13.0 266
Lew Mayne 27 hb 13 4 5 102 0 0 20.4 415
Ermal Allen 29 12 0 4 28 0 0 7.0 39
Edgar Jones 29 lh 9 5 2 37 0 0 18.5 2 48 0 0 24.0 620
Bob Cowan 24 b 10 1 3 55 0 0 18.3 296
Jim Dewar 25 10 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 1 25 0 25 25.0 91
Bill Lund 23 8 0 2 37 0 0 18.5 252
Tony Adamle 23 lb 14 1 0 36 0 36 1 22 0 22 22.0 175
Spiro Dellerba 24 8 0 1 34 0 34 34.0 224
Frank Gatski 28 c 12 3 1 17 0 17 17.0 17
Dante Lavelli 24 RE 13 6 1 10 0 10 10.0 809
John Yonakor 26 re 14 7 1 0 0 0 0.0 95
Team Total 26.2 14 32 503 1 82 15.7 42 889 0 34 21.2 6939
Opp Total 14 31 2163 0 69.8 63 1449 0 23.0

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
Lou Groza 23 K/rt 12 5 19 7 36.8%% 42 39 92.9%%
Horace Gillom 26 P 14 4 47 2096 0 0 44.6
Lou Saban 26 c 14 6 11 10 90.9%%
Ermal Allen 29 12 0 4 135 0 0 33.8
Chet Adams 32 lt 13 7 1 1 100.0%% 2 1 50.0%%
Tom Colella 29 LH 14 7 1 36 36 0 36.0
Team Total 26.2 14 20 8 40.0%% 55 50 90.9%% 52 2267 36 0 43.6
Opp Total 14 11 4 36.4%% 25 23 92.0%% 58 2495 43.0

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
Tom Colella 29 LH 14 7 6 130 1 0 0
Ermal Allen 29 12 0 4 63 0 0 0
Don Greenwood 26 RH 11 6 4 19 0 0 0
Cliff Lewis 24 qb 13 5 4 19 0 0 0
Frank Gatski 28 c 12 3 2 0 0 0 0
Weldon Humble 26 LG 12 9 2 31 0 0 0
Bill Lund 23 8 0 2 36 1 28 0
Lou Saban 26 c 14 6 2 2 0 0 0
Tony Adamle 23 lb 14 1 1 25 0 25 0
Jim Dewar 25 10 0 1 50 0 50 0
Horace Gillom 26 P 14 4 1 29 0 29 0
Otto Graham+ 26 PR/QB 14 9 1 0 0 0 0
Marion Motley 27 FB/KR 14 12 1 48 1 48 0
Lenny Simonetti 28 t 14 1 1 22 0 22 0
Team Total 26.2 14 32 474 3 50 0
Opp Total 14 40 21

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
Lou Groza 23 K/rt 12 5 39 7 60
Marion Motley 27 FB/KR 14 12 8 1 1 10 60
Dante Lavelli 24 RE 13 6 9 9 54
Mac Speedie+ 27 LE 14 9 6 1 7 42
Edgar Jones 29 lh 9 5 5 1 6 36
Bill Boedeker 23 hb 12 3 4 1 5 30
Tom Colella 29 LH 14 7 1 1 1 1 4 24
Bob Cowan 24 b 10 1 2 1 3 18
Bill Lund 23 8 0 1 1 1 3 18
Lew Mayne 27 hb 13 4 3 3 18
John Yonakor 26 re 14 7 2 2 12
Lou Saban 26 c 14 6 10 10
Tony Adamle 23 lb 14 1 1 1 6
Spiro Dellerba 24 8 0 1 1 6
Jim Dewar 25 10 0 1 1 6
Otto Graham+ 26 PR/QB 14 9 1 1 6
Chet Adams 32 lt 13 7 1 1 4
Team Total 26.2 14 24 26 1 3 2 56 50 8 410
Opp Total 14 12 11 1 2 23 4 185

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1947-09-05 BUF W, 30-14 1 11 rush Edgar Jones 11 yard rush
2 1947-09-05 BUF W, 30-14 1 3 rush Marion Motley 3 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
3 1947-09-05 BUF W, 30-14 2 48 interception Marion Motley 48 yard interception return (Lou Groza kick)
4 1947-09-05 BUF W, 30-14 2 51 pass Dante Lavelli 51 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
5 1947-09-12 @ BDA W, 55-7 1 13 rush Marion Motley 13 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
6 1947-09-12 @ BDA W, 55-7 1 82 punt Tom Colella 82 yard punt return
7 1947-09-12 @ BDA W, 55-7 1 53 pass Dante Lavelli 53 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
8 1947-09-12 @ BDA W, 55-7 3 51 rush Marion Motley 51 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
9 1947-09-12 @ BDA W, 55-7 3 19 pass Mac Speedie 19 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
10 1947-09-12 @ BDA W, 55-7 3 28 interception Bill Lund 28 yard interception return (Lou Groza kick)
11 1947-09-12 @ BDA W, 55-7 4 2 rush Bill Boedeker 2 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
12 1947-09-12 @ BDA W, 55-7 4 8 rush Bill Boedeker 8 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
13 1947-09-21 BCL W, 28-0 1 2 rush Marion Motley 2 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
14 1947-09-21 BCL W, 28-0 1 23 interception Tom Colella 23 yard interception return (Lou Groza kick)
15 1947-09-21 BCL W, 28-0 1 6 rush Bill Boedeker 6 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
16 1947-09-21 BCL W, 28-0 2 1 rush Bob Cowan 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
17 1947-09-26 @ CHR W, 41-21 1 70 pass Mac Speedie 70 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
18 1947-09-26 @ CHR W, 41-21 2 8 pass John Yonakor 8 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
19 1947-09-26 @ CHR W, 41-21 2 3 rush Bob Cowan 3 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
20 1947-09-26 @ CHR W, 41-21 4 14 rush Bill Boedeker 14 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
21 1947-09-26 @ CHR W, 41-21 4 10 fumble Spiro Dellerba 10 yard fumble return (Lou Groza kick)
22 1947-10-05 NYY W, 26-17 2 42 pass Bob Cowan 42 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
23 1947-10-05 NYY W, 26-17 2 29 rush Tom Colella 29 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
24 1947-10-05 NYY W, 26-17 3 10 pass Mac Speedie 10 yard pass from Otto Graham
25 1947-10-12 LAD L, 10-13 1 14 rush Marion Motley 14 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
26 1947-10-19 CHR W, 31-28 2 22 rush Marion Motley 22 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
27 1947-10-19 CHR W, 31-28 3 49 pass Mac Speedie 49 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
28 1947-10-19 CHR W, 31-28 4 2 rush Edgar Jones 2 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
29 1947-10-19 CHR W, 31-28 4 3 rush Edgar Jones 3 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
30 1947-10-26 @ SFO W, 14-7 1 22 pass Dante Lavelli 22 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
31 1947-10-26 @ SFO W, 14-7 2 42 pass Mac Speedie 42 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
32 1947-11-02 @ BUF W, 28-7 1 12 rush Edgar Jones 12 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
33 1947-11-02 @ BUF W, 28-7 2 11 pass Dante Lavelli 11 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
34 1947-11-02 @ BUF W, 28-7 3 99 pass Mac Speedie 99 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
35 1947-11-02 @ BUF W, 28-7 4 39 pass John Yonakor 39 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
36 1947-11-09 BDA W, 13-12 1 72 pass Dante Lavelli 72 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
37 1947-11-09 BDA W, 13-12 2 15 pass Lew Mayne 15 yard pass from Otto Graham
38 1947-11-16 SFO W, 37-14 1 23 pass Dante Lavelli 23 yard pass from Otto Graham
39 1947-11-16 SFO W, 37-14 2 15 pass Dante Lavelli 15 yard pass from Otto Graham (Chet Adams kick)
40 1947-11-16 SFO W, 37-14 3 1 rush Otto Graham 1 yard rush (Lou Saban kick)
41 1947-11-16 SFO W, 37-14 3 64 pass Dante Lavelli 64 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Saban kick)
42 1947-11-16 SFO W, 37-14 4 1 rush Tony Adamle 1 yard rush (Lou Saban kick)
43 1947-11-23 @ NYY T, 28-28 2 34 pass Bill Boedeker 34 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Saban kick)
44 1947-11-23 @ NYY T, 28-28 3 12 pass Marion Motley 12 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Saban kick)
45 1947-11-23 @ NYY T, 28-28 3 10 rush Marion Motley 10 yard rush (Lou Saban kick)
46 1947-11-23 @ NYY T, 28-28 4 5 rush Jim Dewar 5 yard rush (Lou Saban kick)
47 1947-11-27 @ LAD W, 27-17 1 43 rush Marion Motley 43 yard rush (Lou Saban kick)
48 1947-11-27 @ LAD W, 27-17 2 18 pass Tom Colella 18 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Saban kick)
49 1947-11-27 @ LAD W, 27-17 3 69 pass Lew Mayne 69 yard pass from Otto Graham
50 1947-11-27 @ LAD W, 27-17 4 8 fumble Mac Speedie 8 yard fumble return (Lou Saban kick)
51 1947-12-07 @ BCL W, 42-0 1 11 pass Edgar Jones 11 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
52 1947-12-07 @ BCL W, 42-0 1 8 pass Dante Lavelli 8 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
53 1947-12-07 @ BCL W, 42-0 2 1 rush Edgar Jones 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
54 1947-12-07 @ BCL W, 42-0 3 36 pass Lew Mayne 36 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
55 1947-12-07 @ BCL W, 42-0 3 18 pass Bill Lund 18 yard pass from Cliff Lewis (Lou Groza kick)
56 1947-12-07 @ BCL W, 42-0 4 63 rush Bill Lund 63 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1947-09-05 BUF L, 14-30 3 3 rush Lou Tomasetti 3 yard rush (Steve Juzwik kick)
2 1947-09-05 BUF L, 14-30 3 3 pass Al Coppage 3 yard pass from George Ratterman (Steve Juzwik kick)
3 1947-09-12 @ BDA L, 7-55 2 6 rush Bob Hoernschemeyer 6 yard rush (Phil Martinovich kick)
4 1947-09-26 @ CHR L, 21-41 3 23 pass Frank Quillen 23 yard pass from Sam Vacanti (John Rokisky kick)
5 1947-09-26 @ CHR L, 21-41 3 14 pass Bob Dove 14 yard pass from Sam Vacanti (John Rokisky kick)
6 1947-09-26 @ CHR L, 21-41 4 pass Bill Bass yard pass from Sam Vacanti (John Rokisky kick)
7 1947-10-05 NYY L, 17-26 3 7 pass Lloyd Cheatham 7 yard pass from Spec Sanders (Harvey Johnson kick)
8 1947-10-05 NYY L, 17-26 3 20 interception Bob Sweiger 20 yard interception return (Harvey Johnson kick)
9 1947-10-12 LAD W, 13-10 2 28 fumble Chuck Fenenbock 28 yard fumble return (Ben Agajanian kick)
10 1947-10-19 CHR L, 28-31 2 37 pass Elroy Hirsch 37 yard pass from Sam Vacanti (John Rokisky kick)
11 1947-10-19 CHR L, 28-31 4 11 rush Ray Ramsey 11 yard rush (John Rokisky kick)
12 1947-10-19 CHR L, 28-31 4 7 pass Ray Ramsey 7 yard pass from Sam Vacanti (John Rokisky kick)
13 1947-10-19 CHR L, 28-31 4 20 pass Ray Ramsey 20 yard pass from Sam Vacanti (John Rokisky kick)
14 1947-10-26 @ SFO L, 7-14 3 1 rush Norm Standlee 1 yard rush (Joe Vetrano kick)
15 1947-11-02 @ BUF L, 7-28 4 11 pass Al Baldwin 11 yard pass from George Ratterman (Graham Armstrong kick)
16 1947-11-09 BDA L, 12-13 1 4 rush Mickey Colmer 4 yard rush
17 1947-11-09 BDA L, 12-13 4 79 rush Monk Gafford 79 yard rush
18 1947-11-16 SFO L, 14-37 2 8 pass Len Eshmont 8 yard pass from Frankie Albert (Joe Vetrano kick)
19 1947-11-16 SFO L, 14-37 4 5 rush Johnny Strzykalski 5 yard rush (Joe Vetrano kick)
20 1947-11-23 @ NYY T, 28-28 1 1 rush Spec Sanders 1 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
21 1947-11-23 @ NYY T, 28-28 1 3 rush Spec Sanders 3 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
22 1947-11-23 @ NYY T, 28-28 2 27 rush Spec Sanders 27 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
23 1947-11-23 @ NYY T, 28-28 2 5 rush Buddy Young 5 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
24 1947-11-27 @ LAD L, 17-27 1 8 interception Harry Clarke 8 yard interception return (Ben Agajanian kick)
25 1947-11-27 @ LAD L, 17-27 4 35 pass Chuck Fenenbock 35 yard pass from Glenn Dobbs (Ben Agajanian kick)