What Went Right, What Went Wrong

What went right, wrong at Cleveland

The highs and lows of the Steelers Week 11 game vs. the Cleveland Browns.

1:00 p.m. ET - Kickoff

1:06 p.m. ET - What went wrong: The Steelers won the coin toss and elected to defer, and on the initial third-down situation of the game – a third-and-6 – Terrelle Pryor got away from single coverage from Stephon Tuitt for a 36-yard gain to the Steelers 38-yard line.

1:09 p.m. ET - What went right: Artie Burns came up with his second NFL interception when Cody Kessler tried to go deep to Corey Coleman on a third-and-17 from Pittsburgh' 45-yard line. Burns was touched down immediately after making the interception, and the Steelers began their opening possession at their 4-yard line.


1:21 p.m. ET - What went right:** Looking at it the glass-half-empty way, the Steelers had to settle for a red zone field goal at the end of their opening possession – a 32-yarder from Chris Boswell – to take a 3-0 lead. On the glass-half-full side, the Steelers scoring drive numbered 16 plays and covered 82 yards following Artie Burns' interception. On the drive, Le'Veon Bell carried eight times for 45 yards and caught three passes for 34 more. His 79 yards from scrimmage was a first quarter career-high. Bell's previous best total in the first quarter was 71 yards from scrimmage.

1:31 p.m. ET - What went wrong: It seemed as though the Steelers defense had authored a three-and-out on Cleveland's second series, when Stephon Tuitt sacked Cody Kessler on first down and pressure from Ryan Shazier on third down forced an inaccurate throw on third down. But on third down, Artie Burns was flagged for illegal use of hands on Corey Coleman, and so instead of lining up in punt formation the Browns got a fresh set of downs.

1:37 p.m. ET - What went right: Three plays after the Browns got new life via the penalty on Artie Burns, they in fact did line up in punt formation, because Javon Hargrave sacked Cody Kessler on a third-and-8 from the Cleveland 47-yard line. That means the Steelers defense had two sacks in the first 15:38 of the game.

1:53 p.m. ET - What went right: After the Steelers first two possessions, the team had run 32 plays that covered 150 yards and consumed 18:46 of game time. But the Steelers' lead was only 6-0 because they were 0-for-2 in the red zone and had to settle for Chris Boswell field goals both times – from 32 and 33 yards.

2:18 p.m. ET - What went right: It was unconventional to be certain, but also a happy ending of the first half for the Steelers. Toward the end of what ended up being an 11-play, 59-yard drive, the Steelers benefitted from two defensive penalties on the Browns that extended the half by two plays on two untimed downs. The first penalty was holding on Briean Boddy-Calhoun and the second was a pass interference in the end zone on Joe Haden. The Steelers ended up scoring on a 1-yard touchdown run by Le'Veon Bell. The Steelers went for a two-point conversion, and that was successful as well, when Ben Roethlisberger completed the pass to David Johnson to give the Steelers a 14-0 lead at halftime.


Game action from Week 11 against the Cleveland Browns.

2:19 p.m. ET - Halftime:** Steelers 14, Browns 0

2:23 p.m. ET - What went right: A short statistical accounting of how things went right for the Steelers in the first half of a game in which they led, 14-0: the offense possessed the ball for 20:37 and converted 5-of-7 on third downs. Le'Veon Bell had 16 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown, plus another 50 yards on seven catches to finish the half with 135 yards from scrimmage. The defense allowed 50 total net yards and had three sacks, plus an interception.

2:50 p.m. ET - What went right: On the opening possession of the second half, the Browns converted a fourth-and-9 with a 26-yard pass from Cody Kessler to Terrelle Pryor, which gave them a first-and-goal at the 1-yard line. On the next play, Dan McCullers dumped Isaiah Crowell for a 2-yard loss, and then on second down, William Gay became the franchise's all-time sack leader when he beat guard Spencer Drango and sacked Cody Kessler for a loss of 5 more yards. The Browns ended up settling for a field goal that cut the Steelers lead to 14-3.


3:10 p.m. ET - What went wrong:** After taking a 17-3 lead following a third red zone field goal, the Steelers were closing in on a fifth sack on the final play of the third period. It was a first-and-10 from the Cleveland 25-yard line following Chris Boswell's kickoff that went for a touchback. Ryan Shazier grabbed Cody Kessler's jersey and was bringing him down when Kessler threw the ball up for grabs down the right sideline. The ball deflected off Mike Mitchell's hands and was caught by Corey Coleman for a 16-yard gain, and behind the play Lawrence Timmons was flagged for unnecessary roughness on Kessler to make it a 31-yard gain.

3:21 p.m. ET - What went wrong: Continuing on the same possession, the Browns went on to convert a fourth-and-9 with a 9-yard pass from replacement quarterback Josh McCown to Gary Barnidge, and then they got out of a second-and-25 predicament with a 15-yard completion to Terrelle Pryor and a 14-yard completion to Duke Johnson. And then on a third-and-10 from the Steelers 14-yard line, McCown passed to Barnidge that cut the lead to 17-9, and it stayed that way after Cody Parkey missed the extra point.

4:07 p.m. ET - Final Score: Steelers 24, Browns 9

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