PITTSBURGH -- Two first-half touchdowns and a pair of second-half field goals gave the Pittsburgh Steelers a 20-7 victory over the Cleveland Browns in Sunday’s regular-season finale at Heinz Field.
The loss dropped the Browns to 4-12 on the season, while the Steelers kept their playoff hopes alive by finishing the year 8-8.
Pittsburgh kicker Shaun Suisham converted a 32-yard field goal and extended the Steelers’ lead over the Browns to 20-0 with 8:26 to play in the fourth quarter. Earlier in the game, Suisham, who spent the 2010 offseason with the Browns, converted a 30-yarder.
The Steelers held a 17-0 lead over the Browns after three quarters of play from Heinz Field.
Suisham converted a 30-yard field goal attempt and extended the Steelers’ lead over the Browns to 17-0 with 3:50 to play in the third quarter. Suisham’s kick capped off an 11-play drive that covered 54 yards and took 5:13 off the third-quarter clock.
The Steelers enjoyed a 14-0 halftime lead over the Browns.
Pittsburgh rookie running back Le’Veon Bell rushed for a five-yard touchdown and extended the Steelers’ lead over the Browns to 14-0 with 4:22 to play in the first half.
Bell took a handoff from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and spun out of a
Bell finished off a 14-play, 67-yard drive that took 8:17 off the second-quarter clock, and has now rushed for eight touchdowns this season.
The Steelers held a 7-0 lead over the Browns after the first quarter of play.
Pittsburgh wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery caught his team-leading ninth touchdown of the season from nine yards out, and gave the Steelers a 7-0 lead over the Browns with 9:53 to play in the first quarter.
The Steelers’ first scoring drive of the game covered 62 yards in nine plays and took 3:36 off the clock.
Pittsburgh converted both of its third-down attempts on the possession, including a third-and-one from its own 47-yard line, and later, a third-and-10 from the Browns’ 21. Running back Jonathan Dwyer ran for a six-yard gain on the Steelers’ first third-down attempt, and Roethlisberger completed a 12-yard pass to Cotchery for the conversion on third-and-10.