The first round of the NFL playoffs is over, but let’s look back at our top 5 plays from the Cleveland Browns during the regular season. During a 1-15 year, it was difficult to come away with many highlight-reel plays. I wanted to make this a top 10 list at first, but I thought I’d be stretching myself thin once I started taking notes of the top plays.
We will count down the top 5 plays, ending with the best of all. Please let us know in the comments section if there were any other plays you would have considered for the list.
#5 - QB Kevin Hogan’s 28-yard TD run
We may never again see QB Kevin Hogan take significant regular season snaps for a team in his career. But for one game in 2016 against the Bengals, he was in the gameplan as a read-option quarterback and did some Houdini-like work, including on this 28-yard touchdown run to get Cleveland back in the game in the third quarter.
#4 - Briean Boddy-Calhoun’s Pick Six
This is the pick six that CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun actually finished, otherwise his Week 17 one would’ve been included on here. This was Cleveland’s only defensive touchdown of the season and one of their few defensive highlights. It also made Boddy-Calhoun a “household name” to die-hard Browns fans.
#3 - Terrelle Pryor Does it All vs. Dolphins
WR Terrelle Pryor was the player of the day when the Browns faced the Dolphins. He completed 3-of-5 passes for 35 yards, ran 4 times for 21 yards and 1 touchdown, and on 14 targets, caught 8 passes for 144 yards, including this catch-and-run late in the contest to help put the Browns in scoring range. It was Josh Gordon-like, and for Browns fans who forgot just how valuable Pryor can be, this is how he can be used in the future — an all-purpose player — when Hue Jackson feels like he’s not wasting such calls during a bad season.
#2 - Isaiah Crowell’s 85-yard TD Run
Although it came way back in Week 2, the longest touchdown run of the entire NFL season was Isaiah Crowell’s 85-yard sprint against the Baltimore Ravens to help put the Browns up 14-0 in the first quarter.
#1 - Field Goal Blocked by DL Jamie Meder
When you only win one game, the top highlight has to come from that one. Although I wish I could’ve had video of the missed field goal as time expired too, DL Jamie Meder’s block helped ensure that Cleveland avoided going winless on the season. The fact that he was a local kid from Parma, OH only added to the highlight.