Final Score: Pittsburgh 13, Cleveland 9
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - Isaac Redman had the go-ahead, seven-yard TD
run in the third quarter and the Pittsburgh Steelers hung on for a 13-9 win
over the Cleveland Browns.
However, the Steelers (12-4) were unable to clinch the AFC North Division and
the AFC's No. 2 seed due to Baltimore's 24-16 win over Cincinnati on Sunday.
Pittsburgh, instead, will be relegated to the fifth seed in the AFC and a trip
to Denver in the wild-card round next Sunday at 4:30 p.m. (et).
After being held out of last Saturday's 27-0 rout of St. Louis, Ben
Roethlisberger played the full 60 minutes on Sunday despite a high ankle
sprain he suffered during Pittsburgh's 14-3 win over Cleveland on December 8.
Roethlisberger completed 23-of-40 passes for 221 yards.
Redman came on to replace Rashard Mendenhall after he injured his right knee
on the final play of the first quarter. Redman finished with 92 yards on 19
carries, but fumbled twice in the fourth quarter. Mendenhall racked up 38
yards on the ground before exiting.
"It's not good, of course, when a guy goes down in open grass and is not
touched by anyone," Tomlin said.
Mendenhall's status is unknown for next weekend's playoff game. The Steelers
will examine him when the team gets home from Cleveland.
Colt McCoy missed his third consecutive game due to a concussion suffered
against the Steelers. Seneca Wallace got the start and completed just 16-of-41
passes for 177 yards and an interception for Cleveland (4-12), which lost its
final six games to close the season.
"They battled hard and we had a chance at the end with one throw to win the
game," Cleveland head coach Pat Shurmur said.
Troy Polamalu intercepted Wallace on the third play of Cleveland's opening
series of the second half as the Steelers took over at the Browns' 43.
Redman concluded the quick six-play, 43-yard drive by scampering in from seven
yards out to give the Steelers their first lead of the game, 13-6, with 5:27
remaining in the third quarter.
Cleveland added a field goal on its ensuing series as Phil Dawson's 49 yarder
split the uprights.
Two fourth quarter fumbles by Redman gave Cleveland some hope, but ultimately,
the Steelers' defense stood tall against the inept offense of the Browns.
Chris Gocong forced a Redman fumble early in the fourth quarter, and Eric Hagg
made the recovery for Cleveland at its own 42. Wallace's pass intended for
Greg Little fell incomplete on 3rd-and-12 from the Steelers' 34, and the
Browns were forced to punt.
Redman's second miscue came with 5:49 left as he lost the football while
trying to fight for extra yardage along the right sideline. Joe Haden pounced
on the loose ball at Cleveland's 39.
However, the Browns picked up just a single first down before punting the
football away again.
The Steelers regained possession at their own 11 with 4:59 to go. Pittsburgh
ran 3:13 off the clock before punting the ball back to Cleveland.
With no timeouts left, the Browns got the ball back at their own 24. They
moved the ball to Pittsburgh's 24, but Wallace's Hail Mary fell incomplete as
Two Dawson field goals accounted for the only scoring for Cleveland in the
The Steelers, meanwhile, did not get on the board until time expired in the
half as Shaun Suisham nailed a 19-yard field goal to make it a 6-3 game at the
Pittsburgh was unable to pick up a 3rd-and-9 deep in Cleveland territory on
its first possession of the second half, and Suisham split the uprights from
29 yards out to tie the game, 6-6.
Hines Ward made his 1,000th career reception...Antonio Brown had six catches
for 90 yards...Pittsburgh has won 16 of its last 17 games against the
Browns...The Steelers outgained the Browns, 360-240...Pittsburgh converted
8-of-16 third downs while the Browns were 4-of-14 on third down...The Steelers
have won at least 12 games in three of the last four years.
01/01 22:33:33 ET
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