PITTSBURGH — Breaking down Sunday’s 28-24 loss to the Steelers…
16 — For the first time in franchise history, the Browns finished 0-16 following their season finale in Pittsburgh. They join the 2008 Lions as the only NFL team to post such a mark. Over the past two years, Cleveland is 1-31.
2 — In a game that saw the Browns outgain the Steelers and battle back from a double-digit deficit, two turnovers in the fourth quarter aided in their undoing at Heinz Field. Up until that point, Cleveland — which has struggled all year in this regard — had yet to give the ball away.
314 — Rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer passed for a career-high 314 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also led the Browns with five carries for 59 yards that kept alive several promising second-half drives. Kizer, who went through a rollercoaster of a first year in the NFL, finished with 11 touchdown passes against 22 interceptions.
115 — Josh Gordon, in his fifth game back since returning from a lengthy suspension, caught a season-high 115 yards on four catches. His 54-yard grab in the second quarter set up the Browns’ first touchdown of the afternoon.
143 — Wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster carved up Cleveland’s defense, catching nine passes for 143 yards and a touchdown. The rookie from USC also scored on a 96-yard kick return in the third quarter.
2 — Second-year receiver Rashard Higgins caught three passes for 68 yards. Two of them were touchdowns.
239 — In place of an inactive Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh backup quarterback Landry Jones passed for 239 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
1 — On the receiving end of that giveaway was rookie safety Jabrill Peppers, who recorded his first career interception. Peppers finished with four tackles, including one for loss.
7 — Rookie defensive end Myles Garrett recorded his seventh sack in 11 games. Garrett, the first-overall NFL Draft pick last spring, missed four games because of a high-ankle sprain and another because of a concussion.
The Browns play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 17.