PITTSBURGH — The Browns hoped the good vibes that followed their first win of the season would trickle into Pittsburgh, sending them into the offseason on a high note in an otherwise trying season.
Instead, Cleveland fell to the shorthanded Steelers, 27-24, in overtime Sunday afternoon at Heinz Field in a game that watched the AFC North champions overcome a dismal first half and sputtering offensive performance.
Pittsburgh backup quarterback Landry Jones tossed a game-winning, 26-yard touchdown pass to Cobi Hamilton with 2:57 remaining in the extra period to lift the Steelers to their seventh-straight win.
The Browns, who posted a 1-15 mark under first-year head coach Hue Jackson, were ultimately undone by four turnovers, including an Isaiah Crowell fumble on the 2 yard line with under 2 minutes to play.
Cleveland outgained the Steelers, 437-312, and methodically built a 14-0 lead early in the game while its defense locked down an offense that elected to rest stars in quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, wide receiver Antonio Brown and running back Le'Veon Bell.
Led by Jones, Pittsburgh punted on eight of 13 possessions -- including its first five -- in regulation and converted just 3-of-14 third downs.
Crowell, who rushed for a career-high 152 yards, helped pace a run game that totaled 231 yards.
Quarterback Robert Griffin III completed 29-of-40 passes for 232 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. Griffin, who made his fourth consecutive start after missing three months with a shoulder injury, was key in guiding an effort that saw Cleveland outpace Pittsburgh 202-52 by halftime.
The Browns play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 17.