Great Games – Jim Brown Runs All Over The Philadelphia Eagles In 1961


Jim Brown is a legendary NFL running back who, even though the vast majority of football fans around today never got to see play, is still acknowledged as one of the best ever. He put together some amazing years and had some amazing games. Here is a look at one of his greatest games ever.

On Sunday, November 19th, 1961 in a home game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Jim Brown really showed the NFL and everyone watching just exactly what he could do. At the end of the first quarter, the Eagles were up 3-0 in what looked to be a defensive struggle. They would add a touchdown in the second quarter, but Brown would score two of his own to put Cleveland up 14-10 at halftime. Quarterback Milt Plum hit Bobby Mitchell for a score in the third quarter, and after an extra point and a field goal by Lou Groza, the Browns would be up 24-10. The fourth quarter would amp up a bit with Jim Brown scoring twice on runs and teammate Bobby Mitchell scoring a second touchdown for himself, this time on a kickoff return. The Eagles would add two touchdowns of their own, but the final score left them on the short end of the stick, 45-24.

Jim Brown would finish the game with 34 rushing attempts, 237 yards, and four touchdowns. He would also catch three passes for 52 yards. He wasn’t done there, as he returned one kick for 24 yards too. This gave him a total of 313 total yards on the day, not too bad.

Jim Brown was an amazing running back that was so far above most of the other running backs of the day that it is actually hard to comprehend. He was not just the class of the NFL, he was essentially the only elite running back in the league at the time, and on this day Philadelphia and the rest of the world could come to that conclusion too.

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