*The above video is about Deshaun Watson being out for the season*
CLEVELAND (WJW) — The Browns and Steelers rivalry kicked off in Cleveland with both teams battling to gain sole possession of 2nd place in the AFC North behind the front-running Baltimore Ravens. And, with seconds to go in the game, the Browns beat the Steelers, 13-10.
Here’s how it all started:
Cool, dry, and sunny conditions greeted fans and players along the Lake Erie Shores.
Quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson, nicknamed DTR for short, and the Browns got the ball first but the drive quickly fizzled out.
Myles Garrett put a hard hit on Pittsburgh QB Kenny Picket putting the Steelers at their own 1 yard-line.
Browns take a 7-0 on a one-yard TD run by Jerome Ford.
Browns lead the Steelers after the 1st quarter 7-0.
Cleveland is playing hard-hitting defense.
Midway through the 2nd quarter both defenses are playing stingy football.
Browns take a halftime lead of 10-0 after Dustin Hopkins connects on a 25 yard-line field goal.
Cleveland’s defense held Pittsburgh’s offense to only 65 yards in the first half.
Rip-roaring into the third quarter, the Steelers did what they do from time to time, score. It was a 74-yard touchdown run, the longest for them in nine years. This moved the score to 10-7.
Both teams are locked in a defensive battle.
Browns lead 10-7 as the 4th quarter starts. Myles Garret continues to be a force of nature in the NFL and gets his second sack of the day.
It’s a nailbiter now as the Steelers tie the game at 10-10 on a 28-yard field goal halfway through the 4th quarter.
Yards seemed to be hard to come by in the fourth quarter.
With five seconds to go in the game, it all came down to a kick from Hopkins. And it was good, with two seconds left. Putting Browns back in front 13-10. And that’s how it all ended.
See photos from the game below:
That means rookie quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson will get the start when the Browns host the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday at 1 p.m.
With Watson out for the season with impending shoulder surgery, Thompson-Robinson, who threw three interceptions in a 28-3 loss to Baltimore on October 1, said he learned a lot from that experience.
“I mean, shoot, I know what to expect now,” Thompson-Robinson said. “I’ve been in an NFL game now, so I’m not stepping out there for the first time. I know all my keys, what to look at throughout game film, what to watch, who key players are on their defense, and everything now. So, I’m not just going out there wide-eyed anymore,” he said.
Browns Left Guard Joel Bitonio said Thompson-Robinson looked sharp in practice preparing for the Steelers. “I was working out and I saw him kind of moving around out there and he looked focused, he looked locked in,” Bitonio said.
“I know he had a chance in the (Baltimore game), and it wasn’t really a fair shot earlier in the year. So, this week I think he’s really focused and just trying to absorb the game plan and not do too much but do his job,” Bitonio said.
With the Browns dealing with several injuries on offense, including to right tackle Dawand Jones, what does the defense need to do to keep the Browns on track?
“Same thing we’ve been doing, finding a way to win, continuing to stay consistent in our studies, growing together as a team, and working as hard as we can during the week to improve on any blemishes or mistakes we make the week before,” said Browns defensive end Myles Garret.
The Browns not only lost to the Steelers 26-22 in their week two meeting, but they also lost star running back Nick Chubb to a leg injury that ended his season and resulted in surgeries. Since then running back Jerome Ford has stepped up. Ford ran for 107 yards in Cleveland’s 33-31 win against Baltimore last week.
The Steelers have a good running game of their own. Pittsburgh rushed for more than 200 yards in their 23-19 win over the Green Bay Packers last week.
With that said, Sunday’s game could come down to who runs the ball better.