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Browns-Steelers postgame notes

Posted Nov 25, 2012

Here are the postgame notes from Sunday's 20-14 Browns victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

POSTGAME NOTES

Cleveland’s defense forced eight turnovers, including five fumble recoveries and three interceptions. The eight takeaways are the most by any NFL team since New Orleans had eight against St. Louis on October 28, 2001. The total is the most by the Browns since they registered eight at Pittsburgh on September 10, 1989. On the season, Cleveland has forced 25 turnovers this season after totaling 18 all of last season.

The Browns scored 17 points off turnovers today, which are their most since they scored 17 at Cincinnati on November 28, 2004.

Cleveland’s five defensive fumble recoveries today are their most since they had five at Pittsburgh on September 10, 1989. Today marked the seventh time in team history that they had five or more defensive fumble recoveries in one game. The team record is six set on November 12, 1950 against San Francisco.

Cleveland’s defense held Pittsburgh to 49 rushing yards, which marked their lowest total since allowing 41 against Arizona on November 16, 2003. Coupled with allowing 63 rushing yards last week at Dallas, it marked the first time the Browns allowed 65 or fewer rushing yards in back-to-back games since 1989 (49 at Tampa Bay on November 5 and 46 at Seattle on November 12).

Pittsburgh converted on just 1 of 9 third downs today, which is the lowest total by a Browns opponent since Carolina was 0 for 11 on October 8, 2006.

The Browns limited Pittsburgh to 242 total net yards today, the fewest they have allowed since October 23, 2011 when they held Seattle to 137.

With a 34-24 win against the Bengals earlier this season on October 14, the Browns have won two or more divisional games in the same season for the first time since 2007. That year the team went 3-3 against the AFC North.

The Browns’ 20 points scored today are their most against the Steelers since a 31-28 loss on November 11, 2007.

Defensive back T.J. Ward became the first Browns player to force two fumbles in a game since defensive back Chris Crocker had two on October 9, 2005 against Chicago.

Rookie running back Trent Richardson rushed for 85 yards with one touchdown and added four receptions for 27 yards. His six rushing touchdowns on the year are the most by a Browns rookie since William Green had six in 2002.

Rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden completed 17 of 26 passes for 158 yards with one touchdown and one interception. With his third win as a starter, he is now the second-winningest rookie quarterback in Browns history, trailing Bernie Kosar, who won four games in 1985.

MOST WINS AS A STARTER BY A BROWNS ROOKIE QB - NFL

1. Bernie Kosar (1985)-4

2. Brandon Weeden (2012)-3

3. Colt McCoy (2010)-2

Charlie Frye (2005)-2

Tim Couch (1999)-2

Milt Plum (1953)-2

Kicker Phil Dawson converted on field goals from 28 and 32 yards to extend his consecutive field goal made streak to 27. He is 21 of 21 on field goals this season. His streak of 27 consecutive field goals is the longest current streak in the NFL and ties the longest streak of his career (2003-04). Dawson has converted on at least 20 straight field goals four times during his career.

LONGEST CURRENT STREAK OF CONSECUTIVE FIELD GOALS MADE

1. Phil Dawson (Cle.)-27

2. Alex Henery* (Phi.)-16

*plays Monday night

DAWSON’S CAREER STREAKS OF 20 CONSECUTIVE FIELD GOALS MADE

1. 2011-12-27

2003-04-27

3. 2001-02-22

4. 2005-20

Rookie defensive lineman Billy Winn recorded the first interception by a Browns defensive lineman since Ahtyba Rubin had one against Kansas City on September 19, 2010.

Tight end Jordan Cameron recorded two catches for 12 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown, the first of his career.

Defensive lineman Phil Taylor registered his first sack of the season.

Playing in his 171st consecutive regular season game, defensive back Sheldon Brown recorded his second interception of the season and 25th of his career. His consecutive games played streak currently ranks fifth among all defensive players.

Defensive back Joe Haden recorded his team-leading third interception of the season, despite playing in just six games this year. He has recorded a team-high nine interceptions since joining the team as the seventh overall pick of the 2010 draft.

Left tackle Joe Thomas has started and played in each of the first 91 games of his career, while center Alex Mack has started and played in each of the first 59 games of his career. Neither one of the two have missed an offensive snap during their career.