Time Machine: Falcons-Browns History Lesson

Take a look at some of the best transformations of Atlanta Falcons players and coaches through the years.

The Falcons have only played the Browns 13 times in their history and their lone win at home in the series came during the 1993 season.

In a late November contest during that '93 campaign, Atlanta jumped out to a quick 10-point lead in the first quarter against Cleveland. K Norm Johnson connected on a long 51-yard field goal and WR Andre Rison snagged a 14-yard pass from QB Bobby Hebert for the early points. Johnson's field goal was his 25th straight establishing a new team record.

Hebert struck again in the second stanza this time making a connection with WR Mike Pritchard for an 8-yard touchdown to stake the Birds to a 17-0 halftime time lead.

The Falcons defense kept the Browns offense of QB Todd Philcox and RB Eric Metcalf in check, allowing just 74 total yards in first half action.

Cleveland mounted a strong second half comeback though behind the arm and legs of Philcox. He tossed a 35-yard touchdown pass to WR Mark Carrier on the last play of the third quarter putting the Browns on the scoreboard.

At the same time that the Browns offense finally started to click their defense began to stiffen. They shut down the Falcons normally potent "Red Gun" offense for the first time in the third quarter.

With 7:25 remaining, Philcox engineered another scoring drive that took eight plays and covered 72 yards. He finished off the march on his own scrambling three-yards for a touchdown to draw the score close at 17-14 with just under four minutes left on the clock.

Atlanta was forced to punt on their next possession with 1:05 remaining and Cleveland had one more chance to pull out the win.

But any momentum the Browns seemingly had was snuffed out on their first play as Falcons DE Chuck Smith sacked Philcox for a loss of eight yards. Three plays later, Cleveland couldn't manufacture much more yardage and the clock ran out on their comeback hopes.

Hebert was a crisp 21-29 for 214 yards with two scores while Rison added five receptions for 78 yards with the one score and fellow wide out Michael Haynes chipped in with four catches for 47 yards.

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