BASN Classics: Jim Brown vs. O.J. Simpson: Week 12

Updated: November 27, 2016
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By Anthony McClean, Editor In Chief Emeritus


NEW HAVEN (BASN) — Over the last 12 Sundays, BASN has taken an in-depth look at the signature seasons of Hall of Fame running backs Jim Brown (1963) and O.J. Simpson (1973).


If you’re looking a lot of off the field stuff with a National Inquirer or TMZ Sports style, you’d probably better step off now. This weekly essay is all about football and nothing else.


In last week’s action, the Browns and Bills kept their playoff hopes alive with victories. Simpson ran for 124 yards and a touchdown as Buffalo won at Baltimore. Dallas held Brown to 51 yards on the ground, but Cleveland would still win 27-17 at home.


We move on to Week 12 with only a pair of games remaining after this Sunday.


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WEEK 12 1963: Cleveland defeats the St. Louis Cardinals 24-10


Two weeks ago, St. Louis (8-4) went to Cleveland and defeated the Browns 20-14. This week, the Browns (9-3) would get their revenge in the rematch at chilly St. Louis. Playing in 26-degree weather, Brown ran for 179 yards (29 carries) and a pair of second-quarter touchdowns to pace the Cleveland attack. He ran for 154 yards in the previous matchup. Quarterback Frank Ryan also had a good day as well passing for 210 yards (10-of-18) and a first-quarter scoring pass to Rich Kreitling. The Cardinal attack was spearheaded by running back Bill Triplett who churned out 102 yards on 16 carries.


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WEEK 12 1973: Buffalo defeats the Atlanta Falcons 17-6


While O.J. had another one of his stellar days in Atlanta (137 yards on 24 carries), it was his backfield mate — the bruising Jim Braxton — that carried the bacon in Buffalo’s win over the Falcons (8-4). Braxton scored both of the Bills’ touchdowns (a pair of one-yard runs in the first and third quarters) while also churning out 80 yards on 23 carries. Buffalo (7-5) amassed over 300 yards of offense, including 239 on the ground against one of the league’s better defenses. Atlanta’s only offense came from a pair of second-quarter field goals from Nick Mick-Mayer.


Brown ’63

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Simpson ’73
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