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Posted Dec. 31, 2010 @ 3:46 p.m. ET
By Alex Mayster

Take a quick stroll down memory lane with PFW for a recap of the Browns' Week 17 contests each of the last five seasons:

2009: The Browns held on to defeat the Jaguars 23-17, scoring their fourth straight win to end the season. The winning streak would help head coach Eric Mangini keep his job after Cleveland lost 11 of its first 12 games. After the two teams traded field goals in the first quarter, Browns WR Joshua Cribbs and RB Jerome Harrison each scored TDs on the ground — along with a Phil Dawson field goal — to put up Cleveland 20-3 entering the fourth quarter. The Jags would score twice in the fourth, but it wasn't enough as the Browns (5-11) escaped with the victory. Harrison racked up 127 yards on the ground; all told, he rushed for 561 yards in the final three games of the season.

2008: The Browns managed just 20 yards through the air in a 31-0 loss to the Steelers. QB Bruce Gradkowski, making his first start of the season with Ken Dorsey injured, finished 5-of-16 for 18 yards and threw two interceptions. RB Jamal Lewis had a decent day on the ground, picking up 94 yards on 23 carries. GM Phil Savage and head coach Romeo Crennel were fired after the season. 

2007: Special teams got the Browns off to a quick start in Cleveland's 20-7 defeat of the 49ers. Cribbs returned a first-quarter punt 76 yards for a score to give the Browns an early 7-0 advantage before QB Derek Anderson found WR Braylon Edwards on a 45-yard touchdown pass. San Francisco would cut the lead to seven midway through the second quarter, but a pair of Dawson field goals ensured the Browns' victory. The victory ran Cleveland's record to 10-6, but the Browns would fall short of the playoffs when the Titans defeated the Colts. 

2006: A pair of field goals was all the Browns could manage in a 14-6 loss to the Texans. Dawson got Cleveland on the board first, but Houston responded with 14 straight points, six of which came from a Browns' fumble returned for a touchdown. Dawson added another field goal in the fourth, but that's where the Cleveland scoring came to an end. TE Kellen Winslow had a game-high 93 receiving yards on 11 catches.

2005: The Browns were able to overcome an early 13-point deficit to defeat the Ravens 20-16. Two second-quarter Dawson field goals brought Cleveland within seven, but Baltimore added a field goal of its own in the third quarter to go up by 10. But the Browns weren't done. QB Charlie Frye connected with WR Antonio Bryant on a six-yard TD pass to narrow the deficit and WR Dennis Northcutt returned a punt 62 yards for what turned out to be the game-winning score. 

 

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