Amari Cooper stats: Browns WR sets Cleveland record for most receiving yards in a game during win vs. Texans

Amari Cooper hasn’t had any sort of consistency at quarterback this year. With all of the injuries in the Browns’ QB room, he has been receiving passes from four different QBs.

Who knew that in 2023, 38-year-old Joe Flacco would be the one to find the strongest rhythm with the Pro Bowl wide receiver?

The Cooper-Flacco connection was working overtime on Sunday, as the pair had themselves quite the afternoon, helping Cleveland to a dominant 36-22 win over Houston. In a game with pivotal wild-card implications in the AFC, Flacco finished the game with 368 passing yards and three touchdowns, including two to Cooper.

Not only was Cooper’s performance crucial for Cleveland’s chances at clinching a playoff spot, it was a historic one. He set the franchise record for most receiving yards in a single game, breaking the record previously held by Josh Gordon.

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Here is a deeper look at Cooper’s massive day against the Texans:

Amari Cooper stats today

Cooper finished the contest against the Texans with 11 catches for 265 yards and two touchdowns. It was far and away his most productive game of the year, and the best showing out of a Browns wide receiver in club history. 

In the second quarter, Cooper had a massive play to double the Cleveland lead. With a defender trying to drag him down from behind, the Browns wide receiver managed to bring in a pass along the sidelines from Flacco and sprinted all the way to the house for a 75-yard touchdown. 

Cooper came through clutch again in the second half. On a drive in the third quarter, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski elected to be aggressive and go for it on fourth and 8. With the pocket closing in around him, Flacco heaved a last-second attempt to Cooper along the sidelines. 

Not only did the receiver get his hands on the ball, he was able to keep his toes inbounds, moving the chains to keep the drive alive. 

Five plays later, Flacco targeted Cooper yet again, this time finding him in the end zone for a seven-yard touchdown. 

It looked like Cooper’s day was down, sitting at 10 catches for 252 yards. The Browns had taken out Flacco and other offensive starters; however, after back-to-back touchdowns by the Texans to make it a close game and an injury to backup QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson, Cooper and Flacco went back in.

On a fourth-down play, Flacco hit Cooper for a 13-yard completion. It not only secured a first down, but with the 13 yards, Cooper’s total moved to 265, surpassing Gordon for the Browns’ single-game record. 

MORE: Who has the most receiving yards in a single NFL game?

Most single game receiving yards by Browns receiver

Cooper made franchise history against the Texans, breaking Josh Gordon’s mark for the most receiving yards in a game.

Before Sunday, Gordon was the only Browns receiver to ever record more than 200 yards receiving in a single game. The former Cleveland wideout did it twice in a three-week span during the 2013 season, setting the previous mark of 261 in the latter of the two contests. 

Here is a look at the most receiving yards in a single contest by a Browns receiver.

Player Date Receptions TDs Receiving Yards
Amari Cooper Dec. 24, 2023 11 2 265
Josh Gordon Dec. 1, 2013 10 2 261
Josh Gordon Nov. 24, 2013 14 1 237
Ozzie Newsome Oct. 14, 1984 14 0 191
Webster Slaughter Oct. 23, 1989 8 1 186
Webster Slaughter Oct. 29, 1989 4 2 184
Pete Brewster Dec. 6, 1953 7 3 182
Eric Metcalf Sept. 20, 1992 5 3 177
Reggie Rucker Nov. 18, 1979 9 1 177
Germ Nagler Nov. 20, 1960 10 0 177

Most single-game receiving yards in NFL history

Cooper’s fantastic performance against the Texans wasn’t just one for the Browns history books. His 265 receiving yards also puts him inside the top-20 best single-game performances out of a receiver in NFL history, tied for 17th on the all-time list. 

In terms of the highest yardage output, Cooper’s showing wasn’t close to the all-time record. That honor still belongs to Rams wide receiver Flipper Anderson, who put up a jaw-dropping 336 yards in a game in a 1989 game against the Saints. In total, there have been six performances in league history where a single player recorded at least 300 receiving yards.

Here is a look at the most receiving yards in a single game in NFL history:

Player Team Date Receiving Yards
Flipper Anderson Rams Nov. 26, 1989 336
Calvin Johnson Lions Oct. 27, 2013 329
Stephone Paige Chiefs Dec. 22, 1985 309
Jim Benton Rams Nov. 22, 1945 303
Cloyce Box Lions Dec. 3, 1950 302
Julio Jones Falcons Oct. 2, 2016 300
Jimmy Smith Jaguars Sept. 10, 2000 291
Jerry Rice 49ers Dec. 18, 1995 289
John Taylor 49ers Dec. 11, 1989 286
Antonio Brown Steelers Nov. 8, 2015 284
Terrell Owens 49ers Dec. 17, 2000 283
Andre Johnson Texans Nov. 18, 2012 273
Charley Hennigan Texans Oct. 13, 1961 272
Tyreek Hill Chiefs Nov. 29, 2020 269
Del Shofner Giants Oct. 28, 1962 269
Ja’Marr Chase Bengals Jan. 2, 2022 266
Lee Evans Bills Nov. 19, 2006 265
Amari Cooper Browns Dec. 24, 2023 265
Josh Gordon Browns Dec. 1, 2013 261
Steve Largent Seahawks Oct. 18, 1987 261

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