WHAT WENT RIGHT
- After an opening possession punt that was downed at the Cleveland 23-yard line, the Steelers defense came up with the first takeaway of the game on the Browns first offensive snap. Johnny Manziel had the ball slip out of his hand while attempting to pass. The ball bounced off the back of Alex Mack's helmet, and Arthur Moats grabbed the ball before it hit the ground. The Steelers offensive possession took possession at the 12-yard line
- The Steelers took a 6-3 lead midway through the first period when a nine-play, 64-yard drive ended with a 34-yard field goal by Chris Boswell. In keeping with the theme of a first half in which he accounted for 145 receiving yards and a 35-yard pass interference penalty, Martavis Bryant accounted for a big hunk with a 44-yard catch that put the ball at the Cleveland 24-yard line.
- On the Cleveland series following the recovery of Martavis Bryant's fumble, the defense forced a punt following a 10-yard sack of Johnny Manziel by Lawrence Timmons, and the Steelers took advantage with a 92-yard touchdown drive that gave them a 14-3 lead with 3:27 remaining in the first half. Ben Roethlisberger completed a 27-yard pass to Heath Miller for a first down at the Cleveland 49-yard line. It appeared the Steelers were going to settle for another field goal, but even though Chris Boswell's 26-yard field goal was good, the Steelers got another set of downs because Armonty Bryant was penalized for using a teammate to vault himself into the air in an attempt to block the kick. On the play after the penalty, which gave the Steelers a first down at the 4-yard line, Roethlisberger hit Brown with a touchdown pass. Following a two-point conversion pass to Brown as well, the Steelers had a 14-3 lead.
- On the first play following the kickoff, Manziel completed a pass to Andrew Hawkins, but Will Allen stripped the ball loose and Jarvis Jones recovered at the Cleveland 36-yard line.
- Because Cleveland had been using their timeouts to save time for their offense when it appeared the Steelers were going to score after the Hawkins turnover, the Steelers used theirs after turning the ball over on downs to the Browns inside the 1-yard line with 1:35 remaining. The Steelers got the ball back at the Cleveland 47-yard line following a punt, and there were 65 seconds left. It took two plays for Ben Roethlisberger to get the Steelers into the end zone – it was a 20-yard pass to Antonio Brown and then a 32-yard hookup with Martavis Bryant for the touchdown.
- The Browns moved to a first-and-goal at the 1-yard line late in the third quarter, and they ended up with no points on the sequence when Mike Mitchell intercepted a Johnny Manziel pass on fourth-and-goal. With 13 minutes remaining in the game, the Steelers held a 24-3 lead.
- The Steelers ran out the final 5:42 of the fourth quarter, while holding a 30-9 lead. Roethlisberger completed a 28-yard pass to Martavis Bryant to convert a second-and-13, and then on a third-and-2 from the Cleveland 30-yard line Roethlisberger went deep to Antonio Brown only to have Tramon Williams flagged for pass interference in the end zone. Two kneeldowns later, the game was over.
- In some ways, this was similar to the preseason, where the names on the injury report could have been as significant as the outcome of the game. For the Steelers, it was all good news. "From a health standpoint, Landry Jones had an ankle sprain, it's going to be evaluated and I don't know the extent of that," said Coach Mike Tomlin after the game. "Sean Spence had a hamstring, don't know the extent of that. We'll take a look at those guys, do what's appropriate. It'll be a great opportunity for us, as we get into the bye, to get some of these bumps and bruises taken care of." Among those falling into the "bumps and bruises" category would be tight end Matt Spaeth, linebackers Terence Garvin and James Harrison, and safety Shamarko Thomas. All were ruled out of the game on Friday with knee injuries.
- The Browns employed an outside-zone running scheme last year that gashed the Steelers for 191 and 158 yards. The Browns finished with 15 rushing yards on 14 attempts for a 1.1 average with the long gain of 11 yards turned in by Johnny Manziel on a scramble. Cleveland attempted 11 runs and 54 pass plays in the game.
WHAT WENT WRONG
* On the incomplete pass to Heath Miller on the third down before the Steelers' first field goal, Landry Jones injured his left foot when it appeared it was stepped on by Marcus Gilbert in the process of pass blocking. Jones was taken to the locker room on a cart, but he was back on the sideline before the end of the first quarter.
The Pittsburgh Steelers hosted the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field in Week 10.
- On the Browns' second possession – on a second-and-9 from the Cleveland 29-yard line – the Steelers nearly recorded a second takeaway. Johnny Manziel tried to throw the ball to running back Isaiah Crowell along the right sideline. Will Allen had the ball but couldn't secure possession, and it was ruled an incomplete pass. On third-and-9, Johnny Manziel completed a pass to Travis Benjamin that turned into a 61-yard catch-and-run down to the Pittsburgh 11-yard line. Lawrence Timmons made a nice tackle on third down, and the Browns settled for a field goal that tied the score, 3-3.
- Early in the second quarter, it was second-and-17 at the Pittsburgh 21-yard line, when Ben Roethlisberger went deep down the right sideline to Martavis Bryant. After making the catch, Bryant had the ball stripped by Charles Gaines, and the fumble was recovered by K'Waun Williams at the Cleveland 14-yard line. What would have been a 64-yard catch-and-run deep into Browns territory became a turnover.
- The Steelers couldn't make anything out of the fumble recovery by Jarvis Jones, but it did set in motion a chain of events that ended with the Steelers holding a 21-3 halftime lead, But before that, the Steelers ran two plays from the Cleveland 1-yard line and couldn't score, and the second of those – and incomplete pass from Roethlisberger to Martavis Bryant – turned the ball over on downs to Cleveland.
- The Steelers finished with 60 rushing yards on 21 attempts for a 2.9 average with a long gain of 12. For a large part of the game, it didn't even appear as though the Steelers had any intention of attempting to run the football. In the first quarter, they attempted four runs and 11 passes; by the end of the first half it was seven running plays and 28 passing plays. According to the final statistics, the Steelers attempted 21 rushing plays – including two kneeldowns by Ben Roethlisberger to close out the game – to go along with 38 pass plays.