Steelers beat Browns 20-7; keep their very slim playoff hopes alive

The Browns never really put up a fight against the Steelers. It took a long time for the Browns to get their star receiver Josh Gordon involved in the game. Gordon is very likely to end up as the league’s leader in receiving yards at the conclusion of the 2013 regular season, but Gordon only managed to put up 82 receiving yards, today, and many of those yards came late in the game. The Browns finished the season with a record of 4-12, and they were swept by the Steelers again.

The Steelers finished the regular season at 8-8 for the second consecutive season. Coming into the Week 17, the Steelers needed to win their game and have the Dolphins, Ravens and Chargers lose. The Dolphins and Ravens lost, and the Chargers play in a later game. It’s pretty remarkable that the Steelers even had a shot at making the playoffs, considering they started the season with an 0-4 record.

Steelers’ Antonio Brown became the first wide receiver in NFL history to have at least five receptions and 50 receiving yards in every single game over a 16-game season. Brown finished the game with nine receptions and 87 yards receiving.

The Steelers got on the board first. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed a nine-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery. That touchdown reception was Cothcery’s 10th of the season.

In the first quarter, the Browns ended two of their possessions in Steelers territory, but neither one of them ended with a score. The first possession ended in a fumble, and the other one ended with a failed fourth down conversion.

With under five minutes left in the second quarter, running back Le’Veon Bell scored on a five-yard rush, putting the Steelers up 14-0. Bell was almost tackled in the backfield, but he pulled off a great spin move and powered his way into the endzone.

With 3:50 left in the game, kicker Shaun Suisham nailed a 30-yard field goal, giving the Steelers a 17-0 lead.

The Browns went for it on fourth down while they were deep in Steelers territory early in the fourth quarter, and once again, they failed to convert.

Shaun Suisham added three points to the Steelers’ lead with a 32-yard field goal, with 8:26 left in the game.

The Browns scored a late, garbage time touchdown: with under three minutes remaining in the ball game, quarterback Jason Campbell completed a 35-yard pass to running back Fozzy Whittaker for a touchdown, decreasing the Steelers’ lead to 20-7.

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