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CLEVELAND (WJW) – The Cleveland Browns took the lead just before the end of the 3rd quarter and held onto it through the end of the game against AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns got their first win at home and move to 2-1 on the season with a final score of 29-17.
The AFC North showdown came just days after the Browns blew a 13-point lead with less than two minutes to play against the New York Jets.
11:26 p.m. The Browns get a last second touchdown to seal the game.
11:12 p.m. Steelers get a field goal. Score is 23-17 Browns.
10:42 p.m. The kick is good! Browns up 23-14.
10:41 p.m. The Browns go for it on 4th and goal. Chubb to the end zone! Browns up 6 more! York is up for the extra point.
10:36 p.m. 7 catches, 101 yards for Amari Cooper tonight. Cooper snags a long pass from Brissett.
10:33 p.m. Jedrick Wills is back in the game. Cleveland takes the lead to start the 4th.
10:25 p.m. – Cade York’s kick is good! Cleveland is up 16-14.
10:21 p.m. – Anthony Walker is out for the game.
10:18 p.m. LT Jedrick Wills Jr goes down on the last play. He’s taken to the medical tent.
10:04 p.m. Cleveland Browns linebacker Anthony Walker Jr. taken off the field on cart.
9:57 p.m. The Browns defense struggled at the end of the 2nd and is starting the 3rd the same way.
9:33 p.m. Cleveland went for it on 4th & 2 with a pass. After it was called good for Cooper, it was pulled back. Steelers get the ball with :30.
9:26 p.m. Browns are looking to put another score on the board before the half. Just over a minute left. Browns driving down the field.
9:17 p.m. Trubisky runs it in for a touchdown. Steelers get the extra point.
9:15 p.m. Steelers are inside the 2-yard line, they’ve pushed down the field and are ready to score.
9:06 p.m. Cleveland gets a touchdown, Brissett to David Njoku. The kick is no good. The score is 13-7.
8:57 p.m. Brissett gets a great throw to Cooper under pressure, but it’s called back because Cooper stepped out of bounds.
8:54 p.m. Steelers open the 2nd quarter with a touchdown.
8:43 p.m. Amari Cooper takes it to the end zone.
8:41 p.m. Big play from Nick Chubb, who gets 37-yards.
Browns get a first down at the 50-yard line.
Steelers’ kicker misses the field goal, kicking against strong winds.
Steelers get the ball inside the 40-yard line on the second possession after a blocked punt.
The Browns’ defense gets the stop on the Steelers. Still no score with 11:00 in the first.
Nick Chubb got a Browns first down with the first possession, after that, the Browns couldn’t make anything happen.
- #8 QB Kellen Mond
- #12 WR Michael Woods II
- #25 RB Demetric Felton Jr.
- #39 S Richard LeCounte III
- #59 T Joe Haeg
- #74 T Chris Hubbard
- #90 DE Jadeveon Clowney
EXPECTED LINEUP CHANGES:
- #94 Alex Wright starts at DE
FLIP CARD CHANGES:
- Signed #51 LB Jordan Kunaszyk and #98 DE Isaac Rochell to active roster from practice squad.
- Elevated #86 TE Miller Forristall and #83 WR Chester Rogers to the active roster from the practice squad.
- Placed #69 DE Chase Winovich and #81 TE Jesse James on injured reserve.
The Browns are 7-2 at home on Thursday night, but after last week’s loss, it’s hard to know which team will show up.
The Browns are also looking for their first home win. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett says they’ve been focused this week.
”We have no time to focus on anything else but the Steelers. I think the players understand that. I think the coaches understand it,” said Browns QB Jacoby Brissett this week. “I think that was the standard when we walked into this building on Monday, that we are onto the Steelers. Looking forward to it.”
They’ll be playing in some wild weather too. The temperature plunged for perfect football weather and it brought wind along with it.
The Browns held a players-only meeting on Tuesday in order to clean up what has been a problem in the first two weeks of the season, miscommunication in the secondary.
“When we are on defense, a guy gets the call and we have to spread the entire call around to the entire defense so everybody can get on the same page and just want to move it fast,” said Browns Cornerback Denzel Ward. “I guess everyone did not get the exact call so that is what kind of messed things up in the game.”
The Steelers come into Thursday night’s game with the same record as the Browns, 1-1, and with a Northeast Ohio kid leading the offense, Steelers QB Mitch Trubisky, who was a Friday Night Touchdown Player of the Year during his high school days at Mentor.
It’s the first time since 2004 that Ben Roethlisberger won’t be a part of the rivalry match-up.
“I’ve just got to get these playmakers the football,” Trubisky said. “Whatever we’re out there running, I’ve just got to get them the ball. It really comes down to me making better decisions, being aggressive and putting ourselves in that position.”
The Browns will have Myles Garrett (neck), Joel Bitonio (bicep) and Jack Conklin (knee) all in the line-up. Conklin will be playing for the first time since undergoing season-ending knee surgery in December.
Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is out with an ankle injury suffered in Sunday’s game against the Jets.
Garrett is one sack away from becoming Cleveland’s career leader.
Thursday’s game kicks off at 8:15 p.m. from FirstEnergy Stadium.
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