Steelers’ record: 4-1
Series record (including playoffs): Steelers lead, 60-56
One year ago: 3-2
This game had been circled on NFL calendars for months, all the way back to the time when it became the occasion of
The first half was close – the Steelers led by just 7-3, and the Browns had to be gaining confidence with every possession of a game they were given little chance to win. On Pittsburgh’s second possession in the second half, Ben Roethlisberger completed 3-for-3 for 94 yards and the touchdown on a 96-yard drive. The Steelers were in control after that.
STAT THAT STANDS OUT:
WHAT WENT RIGHT
* After two third-down situations got the Browns to the Steelers 36-yard line,
* The attendance was 65,168, which was the fifth-highest in Heinz Field history.
* An example of what Ben Roethlisberger means to the offense was exhibited late in the third quarter during the Steelers’ second touchdown drive. Starting at the 4-yard line, Roethlisberger completed a 50-yard pass to
* In the fourth quarter, an illegal formation penalty – only six men on the line of scrimmage – nullified one Daniel Sepulveda punt, and then an illegal shift penalty on
WHAT WENT WRONG
* The Browns came into the game with the NFL’s No. 3-ranked red zone defense, and they showed that was no fluke on the Steelers first possession of the game. The Steelers faced a third-and-4 at the Cleveland 14-yard line, when following a timeout Ben Roethlisberger’s pass for
* On the third-down play that preceded Phil Dawson’s 39-yard field goal that gave the Browns a 3-0 lead,
* It was midway through the fourth quarter, a second-and-12 from the Cleveland 37-yard line, and Wallace was running free down the right sideline. But Roethlisberger’s pass sailed out of bounds, incomplete.
* After taking a 21-3 lead, the Steelers allowed the Browns to drive 70 yards in six plays to score the touchdown that made the score, 21-10, with just over four minutes left in regulation.
Browns 3, Steelers 0: Drive was 14 yards in seven plays, with an elapsed time of 4:16. Phil Dawson 39-yard field goal. Key plays: CB Joe Haden’s 62-yard interception return put the ball at the Steelers 35-yard line; and
Steelers 7, Browns 3: Drive was 81 yards on 11 plays, with an elapsed time of 6:11. Mike Wallace 29-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (
Steelers 14, Browns 3: Drive was 96 yards in five plays, with an elapsed time of 1:59. Hines Ward 8 pass from Roethlisberger (Reed kick). Key plays: Roethlisberger hit Wallace with a 50-yard pass on the first play of the drive, and then he followed that with a 36-yard completion to Heath Miller, down to the Browns 10-yard line. There was 3:13 left in the quarter.
Steelers 21, Browns 3: Drive was 13 yards in four plays, with an elapsed time of 2:00. Mendenhall 2 run (Reed kick). Key play: Keyaron Fox recovered a muffed punt by Chansi Stuckey at the Browns 13-yard line. There was 5:50 left in the quarter.
Steelers 21, Browns 10: Drive was 70 yards in six plays, with an elapsed time of 1:41. Watson 12 pass from McCoy (Dawson kick). Key plays: Colt McCoy completed a 23-yard pass to Benjamin Watson, and a 28-yard pass to Evan Moore. There was 4:09 left in the quarter.
Steelers 28, Browns 10: Drive was 18 yards in three plays, with an elapsed time of 17 seconds. Miller 14 pass from Roethlisberger (Reed kick). Key plays: