Who did the Browns play in their first-ever NFL game?
Philadelphia Eagles. In 1949, the Browns won the championship of the All-America Football Conference, while the Eagles won the NFL title. The Browns joined the NFL in 1950, opening the season with a game at Philadelphia – a meeting of championship teams. Cleveland shocked most everyone by winning this game easily, 35-10. The caliber of play in the AAFC was much higher than most realized.