What Went Right, What Went Wrong

What went right, wrong vs. Browns

COIN TOSS: Browns call heads. It's heads. Browns elect to defer. The Steelers will get the ball first.

1:10 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers scored on the opening possession of the game, but it ended up being a red zone field goal. Ben Roethlisberger converted one third down with a 27-yard pass to James Washington, but on the next third down, a third-and-6 from the Cleveland 17-yard line he threw incomplete in the end zone a pass that appeared to be intended for Eric Ebron. Chris Boswell's 35-yard field goal gave the Steelers a 3-0 lead with 10:35 remaining in the first quarter.

1:16 p.m. – What Went Right: Where's Minkah? On the Browns initial third down situation – third-and-3 from the Cleveland 28-yard line – he was in between Baker Mayfield and intended receiver Harrison Bryant. Fitzpatrick intercepted the pass and returned it 33 yards for the touchdown that upped the Steelers lead to 10-0 with 8:58 left in the first quarter.

1:22 p.m. – What Went Right: After two series, the Browns were 0-for-2 on third downs, because on third-and-6 from the Cleveland 29-yard line, Bud Dupree sacked Baker Mayfield. Following the punt, the Steelers took over at their 35-yard line with 7:14 left in the first quarter.

1:33 p.m. – What Went Right: The Browns put together a couple of first downs on consecutive plays, but then after a 7-yard run by Kareem Hunt on another first down play, Stephon Tuitt and Devin Bush shared a sack of Baker Mayfield that set up a third-and-10 from the Steelers 43-yard line. Mayfield's third down pass for Odell Beckham was broken up by Joe Haden. Following the punt the Steelers took over at their 14-yard line with 2:37 left in the first quarter.

1:38 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Steelers needed to move the ball after taking possession, but went three-and-out when Ben Roethlisberger's third down pass was batted down by Olivier Vernon. After a 38-yard punt from Dustin Colquitt, the Browns started at their 46-yard line.

1:54 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers offense had been quiet since the game's opening possession when it drove for a red zone field goal. But early in the second quarter, Ben Roethlisberger directed a seven-play, 88-yard drive that was capped by a 3-yard touchdown run by James Conner that extended the Steelers' lead to 17-0 with 10:28 left in the first half. Roethlisberger completed five straight pass on the drive, with the big play being a 36-yard hookup with Chase Claypool that put the ball at the Cleveland 3-yard line.

2:02 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers defense ended another Browns possession with another interception on a third down, this one by Cam Sutton on a pass to Rashard Higgins that gave the Steelers the ball at the 50-yard line with 7:41 left in the second quarter.

2:08 p.m. – What Went Right: Four plays after the interception by Cam Sutton, the Steelers had their biggest lead of the season thanks to a 28-yard pass to James Washington, who beat Denzel Ward with a double-move on a first-and-10. It was 24-0 with 5:43 left in the first half.

2:24 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Browns scored on a 13-yard touchdown pass to Rashard Higgins with 1:01 left in the first half, but that wasn't the real bad news. The real bad news was an apparent knee injury sustained by Devin Bush on a play that was a dropped pass by Kareem Hunt. It was announced that Bush's return to the game was questionable. It was Steelers 24, Browns 7 with 61 seconds left in the first half.

2:53 p.m. – What Went Right: The Browns received the second half kickoff and were the recipients of more physical punishment. On second down, Bud Dupree crushed Baker Mayfield for a sack that lost 10 yards, and then on third down, Stephon Tuitt delivered a big hit on running back D'Ernest Johnson that forced a fumble that Johnson recovered. Following the punt, the Steelers started at the Browns 45-yard line.

3:03 p.m. – What Went Wrong: It was another keep-the-game-close penalty, this one for offensive interference on Eric Ebron that nullified a reception that would have converted a third-and-13 from the Cleveland 37-yard line that ruined this possession. Then Dustin Colquitt's punt bounced into the end zone for a touchback. There was 7:41 left in the third quarter.

3:12 p.m. – What Went Right: On the Browns possession following the touchback, Coach Kevin Stefanski decided to gamble on a fourth-and-1 from the Cleveland 29-yard. But Kareem Hunt was stuffed for a loss of 1 yard by Cam Heyward, and the Steelers took over at the Browns 28-yard line with 5:55 left in the third quarter.

3:20 p.m. – What Went Right: Before the third quarter ended, the Steelers had cashed in the turnover on downs with a 3-yard run by Chase Claypool that upped their lead to 31-7. It was an eight-play drive, all of which were runs.

3:43 p.m. – What Went Right: After another failed fourth down conversion by the Browns – when Vince Williams forced an incomplete pass to Kareem Hunt on fourth-and-2 – the Steelers went 55 yards in nine plays to take a 38-7 lead on a 1-yard run by Benny Snell.

FINAL SCORE: Steelers 38, Browns 7