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What went right, wrong vs. Cleveland

The highs and lows of the Steelers regular season Week 17 game vs. the Cleveland Browns.

1:00 p.m. ET - Kickoff


1:11 p.m. ET - What went right:** No. Ben. No Le'Veon. No Pouncey. No DeCastro. No problem, at least on the game's opening possession. The Steelers took the opening kickoff and drive 72 yards in eight plays, with a reverse to Darrius Heyward-Bey covering the final 29 yards for the touchdown. Stevan Ridley carried three times for 39 yards, and Landry Jones converted a third-and-5 with a 7-yard pass to Fitz Toussaint.


1:15 p.m. ET - What went right:** The Steelers came into the game needing five sacks to tie their single-season franchise record of 55, and by the time the Browns first series ended, they only needed three sacks to tie their single-season franchise record of 55. Tyson Alualu sacked DeShone Kizer on first down, and then Sean Davis sacked Kizer on third down, and the Browns eventually punted facing a fourth-and-30.

1:19 p.m. ET - What went wrong: On the second play of the Steelers' second possession, Landry Jones tried to get the ball to JuJu Smith-Schuster over the middle on an intermediate route against zone coverage, and his pass was intercepted by Jabrill Peppers at the Cleveland 37-yard line.

1:35 p.m. ET - What went wrong: A 27-yard field goal by Chris Boswell apparently gave the Steelers a 10-0 lead late in the first quarter, but because the Browns were offside on a fourth-and-3 the Steelers took the penalty and the 5 yards that gave them a first down. The drive ended up netting them no points when Rosie Nix was stopped on consecutive running plays from the Cleveland 1-yard line. The Steelers led, 7-0, with 45 seconds left in the first quarter.

1:38 p.m. ET - End of 1st Quarter: Steelers 7, Browns 0


1:45 p.m. ET - What went right:** Early in the second quarter, the Browns again were punting from out of their own end zone when Tyler Matakevich got a hand on Britton Colquitt's kick and the ball traveled only 27 yards. After losing 6 yards on a sack, Landry Jones completed a 14-yard pass to Martavis Bryant and then on third-and-2 Jones changed the play at the line of scrimmage and hit JuJu Smith-Schuster for 20 yards and the touchdown that upped the Steelers lead to 14-0.

1:54 p.m. ET - What went wrong: On the series following the one that ended in a Steelers touchdown that made it 14-0, the Browns faced a second-and-3 from their own 44-yard line. DeShone Kizer found Josh Gordon on a deep crossing route and hit him in stride for a 54-yard gain to the Pittsburgh 2-yard line. Two plays later, Duke Johnson ran into the end zone for the 2-yard touchdown that cut the Steelers lead to 14-7 with 11:46 remaining in the second quarter.


2:06 p.m. ET - What went right:** After the Browns scored their first touchdown, the Steelers needed eight plays to go 75 yards to restore their two-touchdown lead, and it came on a 4-yard run by Stevan Ridley. On the drive, Landry Jones completed 3-of-3 for 32 yards. The Steelers led, 21-7, with just under eight minutes left in the second quarter.

2:14 p.m. ET - What went wrong: After the Steelers took a 21-7 lead, Chris Boswell's ensuing kickoff went out of bounds to give the Browns possession at their own 40-yard line. Two plays later, WR Rashard Higgins beat T.J. Watt to catch a quick slant from DeShone Kizer, and then he completed the 56-yard touchdown play by splitting safeties Sean Davis and Mike Mitchell. The Steelers lead was 21-14 with 7:13 left in the second quarter.


Game action photos from the Pittsburgh Steelers' Week 17 game against the Cleveland Browns

2:24 p.m. ET - What went wrong:** With the ball at their own 8-yard line and with 70 seconds left in the first half, the Steelers chose to be in attack mode with a 21-14 lead. Landry Jones hooked up with JuJu Smith-Schuster for a 46-yard gain on first down, and then he hit Martavis Bryant with a 14-yard pass. On third down, Myles Garrett sacked Jones and forced a fumble that Caleb Brantley recovered at the Cleveland 40-yard line.

2:35 p.m. ET - Halftime: Steelers 21, Browns 14

2:58 p.m. ET - What went wrong: With 10:54 remaining in the third quarter, the game was tied, 21-21, following a seven-play, 68-yard drive that ended with a 5-yard pass to Rashard Higgins. On the drive, DeShone Kizer completed 3-for-3 for 50 yards and the touchdown.


3:00 p.m. ET - What went right:** Twelve seconds after the Browns forged a 21-21 tie, the Steelers took the lead right back on a 96-yard kickoff return by JuJu Smith-Schuster. It was 28-21 with 10:42 remaining in the third quarter. It was the Steelers' first kickoff return for a touchdown since Antonio Brown returned one for a touchdown against the Tennessee Titans in September 2010.

3:12p.m. ET - What went wrong: The Browns narrowed the Steelers' lead to 28-24 following a 51-yard field goal by Zane Gonzalez that capped a 16-play 55-yard drive that showcased DeShone Kizer's scrambling ability. Kizer ran twice for 36 yards on the possession, including a 16-yard run that converted a third-and-15.

3:23 p.m. ET - End of 3rd Quarter: Steelers 28, Browns 21


3:31 p.m. ET - What went right:** On the play following Tyson Alualu's second sack of the game – a sack that broke the team's single-season franchise record of 55 – DeShone Kizer completed a short pass to Duke Johnson. After breaking a couple of tackles and getting enough yards to convert the third-and-15, Johnson had the ball stripped out by Will Gay, and the ball was recovered by Mike Mitchell at the Pittsburgh 31-yard line.


3:43 p.m. ET - What went right:** It's the Golden Rule when it comes to playing defensive back in the NFL: when the opposing quarterback throws you the ball, you better catch it. With 6:47 remaining in a game in which the Steelers held a 28-24 lead, the Browns had a first down at their own 31-yard line following a holding penalty on Will Gay and DeShone Kizer tried to get the ball to tight end David Njoku. Sean Davis made a diving interception to give the ball to the Steelers at the Cleveland 47-yard line.

4:08 p.m. ET - Final Score: Steelers 28, Browns 24

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