PITTSBURGH, Ohio (WJW)– The Cleveland Browns beat the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night in the final matchup of Super Wild Card Weekend, 48-37. It was their first playoffs win since Jan. 1, 1995.
The Browns scored a touchdown in the first 14 seconds of the game thanks to a bad snap by veteran Pittsburgh center Maurkice Pouncey.
On the very next possession for the Steelers, Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception.
The Browns capitalized on the turnover with a touchdown from wide receiver Jarvis Landry. Kareem Hunt ran it in for another TD on the next drive.
Big Ben threw another pick. That’s three interceptions in the first half for Steelers. Then Hunt ran in another TD. It was 28-0 at the end of the first quarter. The Browns’ 28 points are the most by any team in the first quarter of a playoff game since the 1970 NFL merger.
In the second quarter, Porter Gustin had a pick to make it four turnovers for the Browns so far. Pittsburgh got on the board with a James Connor TD to make the score 28-7 with less than 2 minutes in the half.
The Browns answered during a quick drive that ended with an Austin Hooper TD. That made the score 35-7.
The Browns started the second half with possession, but were forced to punt. The Steelers scored with a touchdown pass to Eric Ebron. They went for 2, but did not succeed.
Pittsburgh drove down the field, despite a series of misses between Roethlisberger and his intended targets. It was fourth and goal when he connected with JuJu Smith-Schuster. The extra point was good and the score was 35-23.
The Browns got a bit of momentum back with a pass to Nick Chubb, who ran it in for a touchdown.
The Steelers follow-up with a 1.24-drive for a TD. They failed again on the 2-point conversion to leave it a 13-point game. The Browns got a field goal and then Sione Takitaki intercepted Big Ben, which resulted in another field goal.
The Cleveland Browns face the Steelers at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh at 8:15 p.m. Sunday. Fans in attendance will be limited to family and friends of players because of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 restrictions.
Cleveland will be without head coach Kevin Stefanski, veteran guard Joel Bitonio and wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge, who tested positive for the virus. The Browns activated safety Andrew Sendejo, linebacker Malcolm Smith and tight end Harrison Bryant from the COVID-19 list.
Special teams coordinator and Cleveland native Mike Priefer will be acting head coach while offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt will call the plays.
Defensive end Myles Garrett is the game captain.
- #18 WR Marvin Hall
- #25 CB Brian Allen
- #35 S Jovante Moffatt
- #37 S Tedric Thompson
- #60 T Alex Taylor
- #84 WR Ja’Marcus Bradley
- #91 DE Joe Jackson
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