Cleveland Browns fall to Pittsburgh Steelers, 28-12
CLEVELAND – The Pittsburgh Steelers needed a win and some help to make the playoffs as they visited the Cleveland Browns in the regular-season finale on Sunday. They surely helped their odds with a 28-12 win over the Browns.
The Browns once again fell short during the first half, kicking three field goals before the clock ran out. The Steelers however scored two touchdowns to take a 14-9 lead going into halftime.
The second half started with turnovers from both teams. Austin Davis threw an interception to James Harrison on the goal line, and the Steelers capitalized on that drive to score once again and take a 17-9 lead.
The Browns kicked another field goal, closing the gap to 17-12 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Steelers really took more control in the fourth scoring a touchdown and a field goal to lead 18-12.
Pittsburgh needed to beat the Browns and have the Buffalo Bills knock off the New York Jets in order to earn a wild card spot.
ABOUT THE STEELERS (9-6): Pittsburgh scored 30 or more points in six straight games before turning the ball over three times in a 20-17 loss at the Ravens last week. “It was time of possession, turning the ball over,” wide receiver Antonio Brown explained to reporters. “We have to find a way to get better in that area, especially on the road.”
ABOUT THE BROWNS (3-12): Cleveland has its own issues on offense with Manziel out with a concussion, and Austin Davis starting.
Davis made his lone start against the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 6 and threw for 230 yards, but was intercepted once and did not find the end zone in a 37-3 loss. “I think anytime you go out and get a chance to start and the game goes the way that one did, it just leaves a bad taste in your mouth,” Davis told reporters.