PITTSBURGH -- On the strength of two second-half touchdown passes from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Steelers earned a 24-10 victory over the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field Sunday afternoon.
Pittsburgh wide receiver Plaxico Burress caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger and extended the Steelers’ lead over the Browns to 24-10 with 3:20 remaining in the game. Burress ran a slant route, got past the coverage, went up in the air and secured his first touchdown catch of the season.
The six-play, 27-yard drive was set up by a Browns turnover.
After making a diving catch for a first down, rookie wide receiver
The Steelers held a 17-10 lead over the Browns after three quarters of play.
Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown hauled in a nine-yard touchdown pass and put the Steelers back in front of the Browns, 17-10, with 4:39 left to play in the third quarter.
On third-and-goal from the nine, Roethlisberger lined up in the shotgun formation, but was forced out of the pocket with pressure from the Browns’ defense. As Roethlisberger scrambled to his right, Brown darted past a Cleveland defender and caught the scoring pass.
The Steelers’ scoring drive covered 80 yards in 12 plays and took 6:24 off the third-quarter clock.
On second-and-goal from the seven, Lewis took the snap from center
Earlier in the six-play scoring drive, the Browns faced a fourth down from their own 25-yard line. Long-snapper
The fake punt came two plays after the Browns faced a third-and-13 following
With Roethlisberger’s one-yard touchdown pass to tight end Leonard Pope with less than a minute remaining in the first half, the Steelers held a 10-3 halftime lead over the Browns. The three-play, 24-yard drive came after Browns wide receiver
With the kick, Dawson is now seven of seven on field goals of at least 50 yards this season. He is 13 of 14 from 40 or more and entered the game with an NFL-best 13 field goals from at least 50 yards since the start of the 2011 season.
Dawson’s kick capped off a 10-play, 47-yard drive that lasted 4:05.
Kicker Shaun Suisham’s 41-yard field goal gave the Steelers a 3-0 lead over the Browns with 7:53 remaining in the second quarter of play.
Suisham, now 28 of 31 on field goal attempts this season, capped off a nine-play, 48-yard drive that took 4:52 off the second-quarter clock. The Steelers were forced to attempt a field goal after running back Isaac Redman was stopped for no gain on third-and-three from the Browns’ 23-yard line.
The Browns and Steelers played a scoreless first quarter. It was the third time this season where the Browns and their opponents played a scoreless first quarter. In the previous two games, the Browns lost at Baltimore, 23-16, but won at Oakland, 20-17.
In the first quarter of his first career NFL start, Lewis completed 7 of 11 attempts for 86 yards with an interception. He has connected four different players, wide receivers Gordon, Little and Travis Benjamin, as well as tight end
Between Lewis’ passing and Hardesty’s running, the Browns were able to hold the ball for 8:20 in the first quarter.
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