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Game Recap: Steelers 27, Browns 11

Posted Nov 24, 2013

The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cleveland Browns, 27-11, at FirstEnergy Stadium today.

Three touchdowns and two field goals proved to be too much for the Cleveland Browns to overcome, as they fell, 27-11, to the Pittsburgh Steelers in an AFC North Division showdown at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday.

With the win, the Steelers improved 5-6 on the season, and the loss dropped the Browns to 4-7.

On the strength of a four-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, the Steelers held a 20-3 lead over the Browns after three quarters of play.

On first-and-goal from the four with 7:43 to play in the third quarter, Roethlisberger took the snap and threw a slant route to Sanders, who was open on the right side of the formation.

The Steelers’ second touchdown of the game was set up by a Browns turnover.

On third-and-seven from Pittsburgh’s 39-yard line, Browns quarterback Jason Campbell took a shotgun snap from center Alex Mack and the Steelers ran a cornerback blitz. Veteran cornerback William Gay hit Campbell up high, but jarred the ball loose and Will Allen recovered the fumble. Allen scooped up the ball at Pittsburgh’s 47-yard line and returned it 49 yards before being tripped up by running back Chris Ogbonnaya inside the five.

Gay later punctuated the Steelers’ defensive effort with a 21-yard interception return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

With a 32-yard field goal from kicker Shaun Suisham with seven seconds to play in the first half, the Steelers took a 13-3 lead over the Browns into halftime.

The eight-play, 40-yard drive that resulted in Suisham’s field goal was initiated by a turnover, as Ogbonnaya was stripped of the football by Steelers safety Troy Polamalu after an eight-yard run with 1:51 to play in the second quarter.

Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown caught a 41-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger and put the Steelers in front of the Browns, 10-3, with 2:33 to play in the first half.

Brown got behind the coverage of defensive back Joe Haden, caught the ball near the goal line and controlled it for the touchdown while on his back in the end zone. The Steelers’ two-play, 52-yard drive lasted 44 seconds and was set up by Brown’s 14-yard punt return.

The Browns and Steelers played to a 3-3 tie after the first quarter.

Cleveland kicker Billy Cundiff brought the Browns even with the Steelers, at 3-3, when he drilled a 49-yard field goal with 7:21 to play in the first quarter. Cundiff finished off a seven-play, 34-yard drive that took 2:34 off the clock and started with a solid special-teams return.

After Suisham’s 62-yard kickoff, Browns running back Fozzy Whittaker had a 32-yard return.

On their first possession of the game, the Steelers had a first-and-10 at Cleveland’s 31-yard line after starting the game at their own 26-yard line. However, the Browns’ defense held and forced Suisham to convert a 47-yard field goal with 10 minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Suisham’s kick capped off a nine-play, 45-yard drive that took 4:57 off the first-quarter clock.

On first down, Cleveland defensive end Desmond Bryant stopped Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell after a four-yard gain, but the big moment of the drive came on the next play when Browns safety T.J. Ward shot through Pittsburgh’s offensive line and stopped Bell for a one-yard loss.

Defensive end Billy Winn then stopped Bell for a one-yard loss on third-and-seven.