WHAT WENT RIGHT
* Great start for the Steelers defense. Browns QB Brian Hoyer could find nobody open on first down and threw incomplete. Then on an attempted outside-zone stretch play, Troy Polamalu dropped Ben Tate for a loss. And then on third down, Cam Heyward pushed RG John Greco back into Hoyer's lap before sacking the Browns quarterback to force a Cleveland punt.
- The Steelers defense came out with a takeaway in the early portion of the fourth quarter. Isaiah Crowell burst through a nice hole over the right side for a 10-yard gain, but a hit from Mike Mitchell knocked the ball loose, and Cortez Allen recovered at the Cleveland 44-yard line with 11:11 remaining in a 31-3 game.
WHAT WENT WRONG
* Third-and-1 for the Steelers at their own 24-yard line on the game's opening series. From a power formation, Ben Roethlisberger faked an inside handoff to Will Johnson before flipped the ball outside to Le'Veon Bell. Browns DB Tashaun Gipson got to the corner and dropped Bell for a loss to force a Steelers punt.
- This time it was three straight running plays, but it turned into another red zone failure nevertheless. After a pass interference penalty on Joe Haden helped the Steelers to a first down at the Browns 7-yard line, it was three straight running plays that gained 4 yards and necessitated a 20-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham and a 3-0 lead with 5:09 left in the first quarter.
Photos from the Pittsburgh Steelers' Week 6 matchup agsint the Cleveland Browns.
- The first quarter ended with the Steelers having a first down at the Cleveland 24-yard line. Following the television timeout, the Steelers had to burn a timeout to avoid a delay of game penalty.
- On a third-and-3 from the Cleveland 17-yard line, Markus Wheaton didn't get his head around in time for the pass from Ben Roethlisberger that would have converted the third down.
- On the ensuing field goal attempt, a 35-yarder, holder Brad Wing didn't handle the snap cleanly and Shaun Suisham never got to attempt the kick. Cleveland ended up taking over at its 32-yard line with 13:36 left in the second quarter.
- The Steelers squandered that scoring opportunity, and the Browns took advantage. Five plays later, the Browns offense stuck it in the end zone, thanks in large part to a throwback from Brian Hoyer to TE Jordan Cameron that gained 42 yards to the Steelers 5-yard line. On the next play, Isaiah Crowell sprinted around right end for the touchdown and a 7-3 Browns lead with 11:41 left in the second quarter.
- Pittsburgh's next offensive possession ended in a three-and-out, and then Sean Spence was flagged for a false start, which mean Brad Wing ended up punting from the Steelers 15-yard line.
- On a third-and-17 from the Browns 37-yard line on what was Pittsburgh's first offensive possession of the third quarter, Ben Roethlisberger threw a pass that hit Lance Moore in the chest inside the Cleveland 15-yard line. Moore didn't control the ball, and the Steelers punted.
- On a third-and-5 from the Steelers 34-yard line, Troy Polamalu got good pressure on Brian Hoyer, whose hurried throw to Jordan Cameron became a first down when safety Mike Mitchell was flagged for pass interference.
- It was third-and-2 from the Pittsburgh 4-yard line. Brian Hoyer's pass for a slanting Miles Austin was incomplete, but Cortez Allen's penalty for holding gave the Browns a first down. Two plays later, Ben Tate was in the end zone for the touchdown that upped Cleveland's lead to 31-3 with 12:47 remaining in the fourth quarter.
- First-and-goal at the Browns 1-yard line. After a slant pass to Antonio Brown that was incomplete, Kelvin Beachum was flagged for a dead ball personal foul that pushed the ball back to the 16-yard line. After two mis-fires between Ben Roethlisberger and Markus Wheaton in the end zone, the Steelers ultimately turned the ball over on downs at the Cleveland 9-yard line.