COIN TOSS: Cleveland calls tails. It’s heads. Steelers defer, and so the Browns get the football first.
1:17 p.m. – What Went Wrong: Yes, the Steelers forced the Browns to settle for a red zone field goal after initially having a first-and-5 at the 6-yard line, but along the way Cleveland converted two separate third-and-long situations. The first of those was a third-and-7 when Baker Mayfield completed a 19-yard pass to Jarvis Landry, and the second came on a third-and-14 when Mayfield completed a 15-yard pass to Landry that initially was ruled incomplete before being overturned on replay. Austin Seibert’s 31-yard field goal gave the Browns a 3-0 led with 7:31 remaining in the first period.
1:23 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Steelers offense was only on the field for three plays, and none of them were particularly impressive. After a 34-yard kickoff return by Kerrith Whyte, Jaylen Samuels gained 3 yards on a first down run, and Benny Snell gained a yard on second down. On third-and-7, Chad Thomas beat RT Matt Feiler to the outside and sacked Devlin Hodges for a 13-yard loss. After Jordan Berry’s punt, the Browns’ second possession began at their 26-yard line.
1:30 p.m. – What Went Right: The Browns converted a third-and-1 on a quarterback sneak, but when they faced a third-and-3, an attempted shovel pass to Kareen Hunt was stuffed by Vince Williams for a 2-yard loss. After Jamie Gillan’s punt, the Steelers rook possession at their 15-yard line with 57 seconds left in the first quarter.
1:52 p.m. – What Went Wrong: Cleveland extended its lead to 10-0 with 7:40 remaining in the first half when a 15-yard pass to Kareem Hunt capped a 10-play, 70-yard touchdown drive. On the 15-yard pass to Kareem Hunt for the touchdown, Mark Barron vacated the middle of the field to cover Nick Chubb out of the backfield and that was where Hunt caught the pass before running the rest of the way into the end zone.
2:07 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers cut into the Browns lead with a 39-yard field goal from Chris Boswell, but it seemed as though the possession could’ve been more. Devlin Hodges got Sheldon Richardson to jump into the neutral zone at the start of a play that ended up being a 31-yard pass to James Washington down the sideline. Diontae Johnson gained 17 yards on a reverse, and Jaylen Samuels gained 12 yards on two carries out of the Wildcat. But after a bad call on a false start on Devlin Hodges, the Steelers eventually faced a third-and-9 from the 21-yard line. Benny Snell failed to pick up a blitz, and Hodges threw the ball out of bounds to prevent a loss. It was 10-3 with 2:56 left in the first half.
2:20 p.m. – What Went Right: It started with the defense recording a three-and-out following Chris Boswell’s field goal, and then Devlin Hodges completed 4-of-5 for 69 yards and a 30-yard touchdown to James Washington that tied the game, 10-10, with one minute left in the first half. A 28-yard pitch-and-catch from Hodges to Tevin Jones was a pretty play, and Hodges pass to Washington was a great catch despite interference from T.J. Carrie.
HALFTIME: Browns 10, Steelers 10
2:54 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers took their first lead of the game when Devlin Hodges directed a seven-play, 69-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard run by Benny Snell for the touchdown that made the score, 17-10, with 10:36 remaining in the third quarter. Hodges completed passes of 15 yards to Jaylen Samuels and 44 yards to James Washington. A pass in the end zone for Deon Cain ended with a pass interference call on Denzel Ward that put the ball on the 1-yard line.
3:07 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers defense recorded its first takeaway of the afternoon on a second-and-10 with about five minutes left in the third quarter. Bud Dupree sacked Baker Mayfield for a 6-yard loss and forced a fumble that Cam Heyward recovered to give the Steelers possession at the Cleveland 46-yard line.
3:19 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers used a 10-play drive that consumed 6:01 of game time to extend their lead to 20-10 on a 29-yard field goal by Chris Boswell, but because they had a first-and-goal at the 9-yard line there was a sense it could’ve yielded more. On the first play after Cam Heyward’s fumble recovery, Benny Snell ran for 14 yards, and Devlin Hodges later converted a third down with a 9-yard scramble. But on third-and-goal from the 3-yard line, Hodges lost 8 yards on what appeared to be a designed run around left end.
3:38 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Browns needed only 2:48 of game time to cut the Steelers lead to 20-13 with 7:30 remaining in the fourth quarter as the result of a 34-yard field goal by Austin Seibert. On the seven-play, 61-yard drive, Baker Mayfield completed pass of 13 yards to Odell Beckham, 21 yards to Nick Chubb, and 23 yards to Demetrius Harris. Cam Heyward and Bud Dupree shared a sack on third down to force the field goal.
3:43 p.m. – What Went Wrong: On the Steelers first play following the field goal, Devlin Hodges overthrew Diontae Johnson down the left sideline, and he just stopped running. The ball was intercepted by Terrence Mitchell and returned 28 yards to the Pittsburgh 30-yard line.
3:47 – What Went Right: The Steelers defense rose up and kept the Browns off the scoreboard following the interception by Terrence Mitchell. After an incomplete pass, and a completed pass to Kareem Hunt for no gain, Javon Hargrave sacked Baker Mayfield for an 8-yard loss. The Browns lined up as if to attempt a field goal but punted the ball instead. The ball was downed at the 1-yard line with 5:35 remaining.
4:10 p.m. – On second-and-5 from the 40-yard line, Baker Mayfield’s pass for Jarvis Landry was high and wide, and Joe Haden made the interception. Ballgame.
FINAL SCORE: Steelers 20, Browns 13