What Went Right, What Went Wrong

What went right, wrong vs. Browns

COIN TOSS: Browns call tails. It's tails. Browns win the toss and elect to defer. The Steelers get the ball first.

8:21 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Steelers first offensive possession didn't amount to much or gain very many yards. A 6-yard pass to Chase Claypool was good for one first down, but the next play was a 4-yard loss on a pass to Pat Freiermuth, and two plays later Corliss Waitman punted. After a 15-yard facemask penalty on Justin Layne during the return, the Browns started at their 27-yard line.

Game action photos from the Steelers' Week 17 game against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field

8:27 p.m. – What Went Right: The Browns came into the game with one of the NFL's best rushing offenses, but Nick Chubb touched the ball just once on Cleveland's first possession, and the other four plays were passes, and three of those were incomplete. Dustin Colquitt nailed a 55-yard punt for a touchback, and the Steelers started at their 20-yard line with 10:43 left in the first quarter.

8:41 p.m. – What Went Right: After the Steelers second punt of the first quarter, the Browns started at their 27-yard line, and a 24-yard run by Nick Chubb gave them a first down at the Steelers 41-yard line. Three plays later, the Browns faced a fourth-and-7 from the Steelers 38-yard line. Cam Heyward batted the ball at the line of scrimmage, and the Steelers took over.

8:52 p.m. – What Went Right: On the final play of the first quarter, a third-and-6 from the Browns 40-yard line, T.J. Watt sacked Baker Mayfield for a 10-yard loss to force a Cleveland punt from its 30-yard line.

FIRST QUARTER: Browns 0, Steelers 0

9:03 p.m. – What Went Right: Ben Roethlisberger's 5-yard touchdown pass to Diontae Johnson capped a 10-play, 66-yard drive to give the Steelers a 7-0 led with 10:39 remaining in the second quarter. Najee Harris ran five times for 27 yards on the drive that also included a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Jadaveon Clowney.

9:30 p.m. – What Went Wrong: After a Steelers punt that had the Browns start at their 26-yard line, Baker Mayfield's pass for Donovan Peoples-Jones was intercepted by Ahkello Witherspoon at the Browns 44-yard line. The Steelers' possession began with a 14-yard run by Najee Harris, but the next eight plays all were passes, the last three of which were incomplete following a first-and-goal at the 4-yard line. Chris Boswell kicked a 22-yard field goal, and the Steelers led, 10-0, with 3:02 left in the first half.

9:48 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Steelers' play selection, their run-pass ratio through the first half was way out of whack considering the amount of success the offense was having running the ball vs. the success it was having with its passing attack. By halftime, Ben Roethlisberger had attempted 34 passes and was averaging 2.8 yards per attempt to go along with one touchdown and one interception, while Najee Harris was averaging 5.5 yards per rush (71 yards on 13 carries). The Steelers led, 10-0, at halftime, with the Browns set to receive the second half kickoff.

HALFTIME: Steelers 10, Browns 0

10:04 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers defense forced the Browns into a three-and-out on the opening possession of the second half, with Cam Heyward's 1-yard sack of Baker Mayfield on third down leading to the punt by Dustin Colquitt. The Steelers took over at their 22-yard line with 12:36 left in the third quarter.

10:16 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Steelers extended their lead to 13-0 but once again settled for a red zone field goal to cap a 11-play, 66-yard drive that included seven passes, three of which were incomplete. At the end of the possession, Najee Harris had 105 yards rushing on 16 carries in the game, while Ben Roethlisberger had attempted 41 passes for 123 yards. There was 8:20 left in the third period.

10:24 p.m. – What Went Right: The Browns ensuing possession lasted six plays, and it resulted in another punt when T.J. Watt batted one pass down on second down and then posted his third sack of the game on third down. The Steelers took over at their 5-yard line following the punt with 5:06 left in the third quarter.

10:29 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Steelers went three-and-out on the next series when Jadaveon Clowney beat Chuks Okorafor to sack Ben Roethlisberger for an 8-yard loss back to the 4-yard line on third down. Corliss Waitman's 53-yard punt was returned 9 yards, and the Browns started at the Pittsburgh 48-yard line with 2:58 left in the third quarter.

10:34 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Browns made quick work of their next possession by covering 48 yards in four plays, with the touchdown coming on a 3-yard pass from Baker Mayfield to tight end David Njoku with 56 seconds left in the third quarter. The big play on the drive was a 39-yard completion to Donovan Peoples-Jones.

THIRD QUARTER: Steelers 13, Browns 7

10:57 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers extended their lead to 16-7 with 9:46 left in the fourth quarter when Chris Boswell hit a 50-yard field goal to cap an eight-play, 26-yard drive. Najee Harris gained 23 yards on the first four plays.

11:09 p.m. – What Went Right: Another long field goal by Chris Boswell, this one from 48 yards, extended the Steelers lead to 19-7 with 5:48 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Steelers ran three plays before the field goal, with Najee Harris gaining 7 yards on the first two plays, and the third being an incomplete pass.

11:27 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Browns made it 19-13 with a 17-play, 76-yard drive capped by a 1-yard touchdown pass to Harrison Bryant with 1:10 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Browns drive was enabled by a pass interference call on Joe Haden on a fourth-and-19 from the Cleveland 25-yard line, and when that didn't look like it would be enough help, Cam Sutton was flagged for pass interference in the end zone that gave the Browns a first down at the 1-yard line.

11:33 p.m. – What Went Right: The Browns attempted an onside kick following their touchdown, but the ball was recovered by Minkah Fitzpatrick at the 45-yard line.

11:35 p.m. – What Went Right: Najee Harris carried twice for 8 yards to set up a third-and-2 from the Browns 37-yard line. A first down would have allowed the Steelers to go into victory formation. But Harris broke through the line of scrimmage, broke a tackle, and pulled away for a 37-yard run for an icing-on-the-cake touchdown that made the final score Steelers 26, Browns 14. Harris finished the game with 188 yards on 28 carries and that 37-yard touchdown.

FINAL SCORE: Steelers 26, Browns 14