The highs and lows of the Steelers matchup vs. the Cleveland Browns.
COIN TOSS: Cleveland calls tails. It's heads. Steelers win the toss and defer. The Browns will receive the opening kickoff.
1:12 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Browns took the opening kickoff and shrugged off a holding penalty on Orson Charles that effectively cost them 41 yards in field position and put together an 11-play, 66-yard drive that ended in a 34-yard field goal from Greg Joseph and a 3-0 lead with 9:10 remaining in the first quarter. On a third-and-3 from the Steelers 13-yard line, T.J. Watt and Mike Hilton combined to dump Nick Chubb for a 3-yard loss and force the field goal. On the drive, Baker Mayfield completed 6-for-7 for 57 yards.
1:19 p.m. – What Went Wrong: Facing a third-and-2 from deep in their own territory, James Conner ran the ball up the middle and appeared to get the first down, but Xavier Grimble was penalized for an illegal block in the back. That nullified the first down, and two plays later Jordan Berry got off a 48-yard punt.
1:31 p.m. – What Went Wrong: It’s now six turnovers by Ben Roethlisberger against the Browns so far this season. On a third-and-6 from the Steelers’ 42-yard line, Roethlisberger’s attempt for Vance McDonald was tipped and then intercepted by Derrick Kindred at the Browns 44-yard line.
1:36 p.m. – What Went Wrong: After the Ben Roethlisberger interception, the Browns came out running the football, and Nick Chubb gained 20 and then 11 yards on the first two plays of the drive. The Steelers defense then stiffened and had a chance to change the early course of the game, but Anthony Chickillo dropped an interception when a Baker Mayfield pass hit him right in the hands. Greg Joseph followed with a 45-yard field goal, and the Browns had a 6-0 lead heading into the final three minutes of the first quarter.
1:47 p.m. – What Went Right: Less than 90 seconds into the second quarter, the Steelers offense had yet to make a single first down, and the Browns were lining up for a 41-yard field goal to take a 9-0 lead. But Greg Joseph’s attempt missed to the right, and the Steelers took over at their own 31-yard line with 13:29 remaining in the second quarter.
1:54 p.m. – What Went Right: Following the missed field goal by Greg Joseph, the Steelers took a 7-6 lead with a 43-yard pass from Roethlisberger to Antonio Brown. On the six-play, 69-yard drive, Roethlisberger converted one third down with a 15-yard completion to Brown, and then he converted a second-and-10 with an 11-yard pass to Justin Hunter. The Steelers took the lead with 11:26 left in the second quarter.
2:03 p.m. – What Went Right: On the Browns possession following the Steelers touchdown, Baker Mayfield converted one third down situation with a 9-yard scramble, but on Cleveland’s next third down, Mayfield’s pass deep down the right sideline for Breshad Perriman was intercepted by Joe Haden, who made a leaping grab at the Steelers 13-yard line.
2:26 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers extended their lead to 14-6 with a 16-play, 87-yard drive that ate up 7:12 of the game clock and ended with a 1-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown with 8 seconds left in the first half. The possession began at the Pittsburgh 13-yard line thanks to Joe Haden’s interception. Then Ben Roethlisberger took over from there and completed 7-for-7 for 54 yards and the touchdown, in addition to converting two different third-and-short situations on quarterback sneaks. Following Chris Boswell’s PAT, the Steelers took a 14-6 lead into the locker room at halftime.
HALFTIME SCORE: Steelers 14, Browns 6
2:47 p.m. – What Went Wrong: The Steelers took the second half kickoff and appeared to be on the way to extending their 14-6 lead. After completing a 22-yard pass to Vance McDonald for one first down, and then passes of 14 and 13 to James Conner for two more, Roethlisberger’s 4-yard dump-off to Stevan Ridley became a turnover when the ball was stripped free and recovered by CB Denzel Ward at the Browns 29-yard line.
2:57 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers defense responded to Stevan Ridley’s fumble by forcing the Browns offense into a three-and-out, and then the Steelers offense managed one first down before Jordan Berry had to be sent onto the field to punt. Berry’s punt traveled 42 yards and was downed by Darrius Heyward-Bey at the Cleveland 4-yard line with 8:52 remaining in the third quarter.
3:01 p.m. – What Went Right: Two plays after Jordan Berry’s punt was downed at the 4-yard line, Browns tackle Damon Harrison was flagged in the end zone for holding Bud Dupree. That turned into a safety and a 16-6 Steelers lead.
3:09 p.m. – What Went Wrong: A series of mental and physical errors by the Steelers handed the Browns a touchdown and cut the lead to 16-12 with 5:24 left in the third quarter. It started on the free kick following the safety when Rosie Nix signaled for a fair catch and then stepped away from the ball, and the Ryan Switzer didn’t cover the bouncing ball. That gave Cleveland possession at the Pittsburgh 24-yard line when the Browns fell on the loose ball. Then came penalties on Cam Heyward for roughing the passer, pass interference calls on Terrell Edmunds on one play and then another on Joe Haden on the next, both of which came in the end zone. It ended when Baker Mayfield completed a 1-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Callaway. Greg Joseph missed the PAT, and the Steelers’ lead was 16-12.
3:17 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers offense delivered a quick response to the Browns touchdown. A five-play, 75-yard drive consumed 2:42 worth of game time and ended with a 12-yard run by James Conner for the touchdown. On the drive, Conner carried four times for 60 yards and the touchdown. The Steelers led, 23-12.
3:30 p.m. – What Went Right: A seven-play, 31-yard drive that was capped by a 42-yard field goal by Chris Boswell extended the Steelers’ lead to 26-12 with 13:29 left in the fourth quarter. On the drive, James Conner carried three times for 25 yards.
3:35 p.m. – What Went Right: After the Chris Boswell field goal, the Steelers defense authored a three-and-out capped by a sack by Stephon Tuitt. Following the punt, the Steelers took possession at their own 41-yard line with 11:00 left in the game.
3:55 p.m. – What Went Right: The Steelers iced the game with a 10-play, 65-yard drive that ended with a 22-yard run by James Conner that upped the lead to 33-12 with 2:04 remaining in the game. On the drive, Conner carried six times for 53 yards and the touchdown.
FINAL SCORE: Steelers 33, Browns 18