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
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
The Browns and Steelers played to a 3-3 tie after the first quarter.
After Suisham’s 62-yard kickoff, Browns running back
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