CLEVELAND (AP) -- As they left the tunnel, the Cleveland Browns
paused to touch the 1964 championship trophy. They then played as
if they want one for themselves.
Inspired by a weekend long celebration for the '64 Browns, the
2004 version pushed Baltimore around for three hours in a 20-3
victory over the Ravens on Sunday.
"They played like a team," said Hall of Fame running back Jim
Brown. "They won, but it was more the way they won. They all
contributed, every one of them."
Just as they did 40 years ago when the Browns won the last world
title for any major Cleveland sports team. These Browns swarmed on
defense, made big plays on offense, had no turnovers and won field
position with special teams.
And for the first time since their NFL rebirth in 1999, the
Browns are 1-0.
"This is huge," said cornerback Daylon McCutcheon, one of just
two starters remaining from the '99 team. "This sets the tone for
the whole season. Finally."
Jeff Garcia threw a 46-yard touchdown pass and ran for another
TD in his Cleveland debut, and the defense held Jamal Lewis to just
57 yards after he ran for 500 yards in two games against the Browns
Cleveland also stole the spotlight from Deion Sanders, who came
out of retirement and the TV studio for a chance to win another
Super Bowl ring. But judging from the way Baltimore played, "Prime
Time" could have made a better choice of teams.
The normally brash Sanders didn't have much to say afterward.
"They played their game," Sanders said. "They're good. They
won. They played well offensively and defensively."
Before the game, the 1964 Browns -- Paul Warfield, Leroy Kelly,
Frank Ryan, Brown and others -- were introduced and the new trophy
given to them at a Friday night gala by NFL commissioner Paul
Tagliabue was brought to midfield. Garcia sought out many former
"I shook as many hands as I could," Garcia said. "I was
telling them, 'Bring us your power."
Cleveland's defense was sparked by something.
Lewis, who had an NFL single-game record 295 yards against
Cleveland last year, couldn't find a hole to squeeze through. With
All-Pro left tackle Jonathan Ogden out with a knee injury,
Cleveland's defensive front did anything it pleased. Kenard Lang
tied a career-high with three sacks and forced a fumble as he blew
past Ogden's backup, Ethan Brooks, at will.
After what Lewis had done to them a year ago, Lang said the
Browns obsessed about stopping him and the Ravens, who shut out
Cleveland 35-0 on Dec. 21.
"We didn't think about it all week," Lang said. "We thought
about it all year. We couldn't wait to get back on the field
against Jamal. We wanted a chance to redeem."
Atonement was on Garcia's mind, too. Released by San Francisco
after five years, the 34-year-old finished 15-of-24 for 180 yards.
He also finished off the Ravens with a 3-yard TD run late in the
fourth quarter, diving into the corner of the end zone to make it
20-3 before getting up and leaping into the Dawg Pound.
"I wanted to jump in and enjoy that moment with the fans," he
Cleveland tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. had four catches for 39
yards in his pro debut.
Pressured all afternoon, Baltimore QB Kyle Boller went 20-of-38
for 191 yards.
Unable to get the ball to his wideouts for three quarters,
Garcia found Quincy Morgan on a broken play for his first TD to put
the Browns ahead 10-3. Garcia rolled to his left and spotted an
uncovered Morgan, who had slipped behind safety Ed Reed. Garcia
lobbed it to Morgan, who outran Baltimore's defensive backs to the
"When Jeff moved, they kind of bit on it and I just wheeled
around," said Morgan. "It's nice, 1-0."
The unexpected ease of the victory has given the Browns a
confidence they haven't had since coming back. It also reinforced
what they'd heard from players who won it all 40 years ago.
"Those are the guys we want to emulate," Garcia said. "Those
are the guys we want to be."
Browns RB William Green outrushed Lewis 65-57. ... Winslow
dropped one pass, but nearly blocked a punt in the first quarter.
... Browns DT Gerard Warren suffered a strained pectoral muscle in
the first quarter and didn't return. ... The Ravens' notable
injuries were: WR Travis Taylor (groin), CB Gary Baxter (cut hand),
DT Kelly Gregg (knee) and Brooks (knee). Brooks will have an MRI
this week. ... Browns RB Lee Suggs was inactive with a neck