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Key Moments

5 Key Moments: Browns jump out to early lead, Steelers control the rest

1.With 4:54 remaining in the first quarter, Derrick Kindred intercepted Ben Roethlisberger after Christian Kirksey tipped the pass away from JuJu Smith Schuster. The Browns kicked a field goal on the ensuing drive to extend their lead to 6-0.

Roethlisberger has thrown four of his seven interceptions this season against the Browns.

2. Roethlisberger responded with 11:26 remaining in the second quarter. The veteran quarterback pump-faked, stepped up in the pocket and found Antonio Brown for a 43-yard touchdown. The score wiped away the early lead Cleveland built through the first 20 minutes and, ultimately, put the Steelers ahead for good.

3. Former Browns cornerback Joe Haden dove as he intercepted Baker Mayfield’s pass at the Steelers’ 13 with 7:20 remaining in the second quarter. The Steelers used nearly every last second of that remaining time to drive down the field and score a touchdown.

The 16-play, 87-yard drive, which included a fourth-down conversion inside the 5-yard line, was capped by a 1-yard screen pass from Roethlisberger to Brown. The extra point put Cleveland in a 14-6 hole at the half.

4. Desmond Harrison’s tug of Bud Dupree’s right shoulder pad cost the Browns two points with 8:07 remaining in the third quarter. Harrison was called for holding in his own end zone which resulted in a safety.

But on the free kick that followed, Denzel Rice regained possession when the Steelers’ returners let the ball bounce behind them after Roosevelt Nix called a fair catch. The ball was live, and the Browns took over at the Steelers’ 23. After the Steelers assisted the Browns to the goal line by committing penalties, Baker Mayfield threw a 1-yard touchdown to Antonio Callaway, bringing the Browns within four points at 16-12.

That was as close as the Browns got.

5. With 2:10 remaining and the game well in hand, the Steelers cemented their victory with a 22-yard touchdown run by James Conner, capping a string of 17 unanswered points after Callaway’s touchdown.

Conner scored two touchdowns Sunday and accounted for more than 200 yards as the Browns fell to 2-5-1.

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