Steelers keep playoff hopes alive, beat Browns 27-11

The Steelers dominated the Browns in a cold, snowy and windy game, which resembled more of a game in December or January. The Browns didn’t have much luck on their side in this game. Browns starting quarterback Jason Campbell had to be taken out of the game twice due to injury. Cleveland’s 2012 first-round draft pick Brandon Weeden had to relive Campbell.

Wide receiver Josh Gordon was Cleveland’s star performer. Gordon caught 14 passes for 237 yards and a score. Gordon’s 14 receptions and 237 receiving yards are Browns’ single game records.

With today’s win, the Steelers are very much in playoff contention in the AFC. The Steelers defense recorded four takeaways and five sacks versus the Browns.

The Pittsburgh Steelers got on the board first. Kicker Shaun Suisham knocked through a 47-yard field goal with 10:07 to go in the opening quarter of the game.

Browns kicker Billy Cundiff tied the game up with a 49-yard field goal with 7:25 remaining in the first quarter, tying the game at three.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger completed a 41-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Antonio Brown with 2:33 left in the second quarter, putting the Steelers up 10-3.

Steelers safety Troy Polamalu forced and recovered a fumble from Browns running back Chris Ogbonnaya with 1:43 left in the first half. The Steelers converted the fumble recovery into three points. Shaun Suisham made a 32-yard field goal with seven seconds until halftime, making the score: Steelers 13-3.

With 7:46 left in the third quarter, Steelers cornerback William Gay strip sacked Browns quarterback Jason Campbell, and Steelers safety Will Allen recovered the football, returning it to the Browns five yard-line. On the very next play, Roethlisberger completed a four-yard pass to wideout Emmanuel Sanders, putting the Steelers up 20-3.

Billy Cundiff hooked a 46-yard field goal to the left with 2:18 left in the third quarter. The strong winds in Cleveland played a big part in the miss of that field goal.

Troy Polamalu stripped the football out of Browns’ quarterback Brandon Weeden’s hands, and the ball was recovered by defensive end Cam Heyward, setting the Steelers up on the Browns’ side of the field with 6:15 left in the game. The fumble recovery did not lead to any points by the Steelers.

On the Browns’ next offensive drive, on the first play, William Gay picked off Brandon Weeden and returned it for a touchdown, adding to the Steelers lead, and making the score: Steelers 27-3 with 4:27 to go in the game.

Brandon Weeden completed a one-yard pass to wide receiver Josh Gordon for a touchdown. Then, the Browns converted a two-point conversion, cutting the Steelers’ lead to 27-11 with 3:13 to the final whistle.

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