What is 2002 cleveland browns season?

WMMS | record = 9–7 | division_place = 2nd AFC North | playoffs = Lost Wild Card playoffs (at Steelers) 33–36 | uniform = | pro bowlers = none | shortnavlink = Browns seasons }} The 2002 season was the Cleveland Browns' 54th as a professional sports franchise, their 50th as a member of the National Football League, and the second season under head coach Butch Davis.

In their opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, linebacker Dwayne Rudd cost the Browns a victory when he threw his helmet in celebration unaware the play was still going on, incurring an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Because the clock expired during the play the Browns' unsportsmanlike conduct occurred on, per NFL rules, the Chiefs were given one untimed down. Chiefs' kicker Morten Andersen made the 30-yard field goal to win the game.

The Browns made their first playoff appearance since their re-activation. It was only the Browns' fourth year since returning to the league effectively as an expansion team, and their first winning season. The Browns then lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild card round. The Browns would not make the NFL playoffs again until 2020. The Browns owner Al Lerner stepped down on October 2 and died on October 23, 2002 from Brain Cancer. His son, Randy Lerner took over the team until 2012. The Browns wore a patch with the initials "AL" for the remainder of the season and became a fixture on their uniforms to commemorate Lerner.


T Ryan Tucker (Rams)LB Wali Rainer (Jaguars)
FS Robert Griffith (Vikings)T Roman Oben (Buccaneers)
LB Earl Holmes (Steelers)DE Greg Spires (Buccaneers)
DE Kenard Lang (Redskins)DE Keith McKenzie (Bears)

2002 NFL Draft

116William GreenRunning backBoston College
247André DavisWide receiverVirginia Tech
376Melvin FowlerOffensive linemanMaryland
4101Kevin BentleyLinebackerNorthwestern
4111Ben TaylorLinebackerVirginia Tech
4122Darnell SandersTight endOhio State
5141Andra DavisLinebackerFlorida
7227Joaquin GonzalezOffensive linemanMiami

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Undrafted free agents

Frisman JacksonWide receiverWestern Illinois
Kalvin PearsonSafetyGrambling State

2002 Undrafted Free Agents of note



Regular season


Apart from their AFC North division games, the Browns played against the AFC South and NFC South according to the NFL's new conference rotation, and played the Chiefs and Jets based on 2001 standings with respect to the newly aligned divisions.

1September 8Kansas City ChiefsL 39–400–1Cleveland Browns Stadium72,938
2September 15Cincinnati BengalsW 20–71–1Cleveland Browns Stadium73,358
3September 22at Tennessee TitansW 31–28 <small>(OT)</small>2–1Adelphia Coliseum68,804
4September 29at Pittsburgh SteelersL 13–16 <small>(OT)</small>2–2Heinz Field62,864
5October 6Baltimore RavensL 21–262–3Cleveland Browns Stadium73,688
6October 13at Tampa Bay BuccaneersL 3–172–4Raymond James Stadium65,625
7October 20Houston TexansW 34–173–4Cleveland Browns Stadium73,248
8October 27at New York JetsW 24–214–4Giants Stadium78,502
9November 3Pittsburgh SteelersL 20–234–5Cleveland Browns Stadium73,718
11November 17at Cincinnati BengalsW 27–205–5Paul Brown Stadium64,060
12November 24at New Orleans SaintsW 24–156–5Louisiana Superdome68,295
13December 1Carolina PanthersL 6–136–6Cleveland Browns Stadium72,718
14December 8at Jacksonville JaguarsW 21–207–6Alltel Stadium46,267
15December 15Indianapolis ColtsL 23–287–7Cleveland Browns Stadium73,098
16December 22at Baltimore RavensW 14–138–7M&T Bank Stadium68,348
17December 29Atlanta FalconsW 24–169–7Cleveland Browns Stadium73,528

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Week 8: at New York Jets



RoundDateOpponent (seed)ResultRecordVenueAttendanceRecap
AFC Wild CardJanuary 5, 2003at Pittsburgh Steelers (3)L 33–360–1Heinz Field62,595Recap

Game summaries


External links

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  1. Cleveland Browns 2002 Roster accessed November 28, 2018.