The 1956 season was the first in the franchise's existence that it missed the playoffs, and its first season with a losing record. The Browns lost seven games in 1956, after having lost a total of only 17 over the previous ten seasons combined.
The post Otto Graham era begins with a 9-7 loss to the Cardinals in Chicago. Cleveland's only score comes on a 46-yard touchdown pass from George Ratterman to Ray Renfro in the first quarter. But Pat Summerall's third field goal, a 9-yarder with 29 seconds remaining wins it for Chicago. The Cardinals' victory snaps a string of 12 straight losses to the Browns.