Browns lose 20-13 in Pittsburgh with Steelers’ 3rd string QB at the helm

Browns lose 20-13 in Pittsburgh with Steelers’ 3rd string QB at the helm
Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) warms up before an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright) (Source: Don Wright)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Just two weeks after they met in Cleveland, these rivals squared off again in Pittsburgh.

Final: The Browns lost in Pittsburgh 20-13 in surprising win by the Devlin Hodges-led Steelers. Pittsburgh rallied from a 10-0 deficit to take a 20-10 lead and held on to win it by a touchdown. The Steelers converted on multiple late third downs to run down the clock, preventing the Browns from having a chance to score a game tying touchdown.

After a Terrance Mitchell interception the Browns appeared to be in business. They had just cut the lead to 20-13 and seemingly had some momentum. After a Javon Hargrave sack of Mayfield, Austin Seibert was lined up to kick a 56 yard field goal. Instead he punted to the 1-yard line. Pittsburgh would drive ball to near midfield though. By the time they punted the Browns had only 1:45 left with no time outs. After four plays, Mayfield was intercepted by Joe Haden.

3rd quarter: The Steelers lead the Browns 17-10 and have dominated the clock in the quarter. Pittsburgh possessed the ball for 9:42. The Browns one drive ended when Mayfield fumbled on a sack. Bud Dupree caused the fumble, Cameron Heyward recovered it at the Browns 46.

Early 3rd quarter: Baker Mayfield has returned to action after a 2nd quarter injury. The Steelers lead 17-10 on a Benny Snell 1-yard touchdown run that came on their opening drive of the 3rd quarter.

2nd quarter: Game tied, 10-10

The scariest moment of the Browns season happened right at the end of the first half. Baker Mayfield hurt his right hand on a throw downfield and left the game. His hand hit the face mask of Pittsburgh’s Bud Dupree. His status for the second half is unknown.

Pittsburgh tied the game at 10 with 1:00 left in the second quarter on a Hodges to Washington 30 yard touchdown pass. The ball was bobbled as the receiver came to the ground but it never hit the ground. Hodges also connected with Tevin Jones on a 28 yard connection on the drive that took only 48 seconds to cover 69 yards in five plays.

Nick Chubb carried the load of the Browns first touchdown drive of the day. He turned five carries into 35 yards as the Browns spanned 70 yards in 10 plays to get a 10-0 lead. Mayfield hit Kareem Hunt on a short pass that he took to the end zone from 15 yards out.

The Steelers got their first score of the game on a 39 yard Chris Boswell field goal. The drive was highlighted by a 31 yard pass from Devlin Hodges to James Washington.

The Browns have been dinged up. Sheldon Richardson went down in the 2nd quarter. CB Robert Jackson left in the first quarter with an ankle injury, he was considered questionable to return.

1st quarter: 3-0 Browns

The Browns scored first on a 13 play, 62 yard drive that resulted in a 31 yard Austin Seibert field goal.

The drive was highlighted by an incredible sideline catch my Jarvis Landry that was originally ruled an incompletion. With toe tips just in bounds he hauled in a 15 yard pass from Mayfield on 3rd down. A review showed both feet were in bounds.

The Steelers new quarterback Devlin “Duck” Hodges was greeted on his first drive by Chad Thomas. The Browns defensive end sacked him for a 15 yard loss on third down.

Pregame-

After the chippy finish to their first game, shirts like this were seen before the game today.

The Browns and Steelers are both without some key contributors heading into the game.

The Browns are without Safety Damarious Randle, who was left back in Cleveland in what the team is only calling a “coach’s decision.” One report suggested he missed a practice earlier in the week. Randle was ejected from the Week 11 match up for an illegal hit.

David Njoku was hoping to return for this game, but he has not been deemed healthy enough so he is inactive. Njoku injured his wrist in the Week 2 game against the New York Jets.

Greg Robinson has been replaced at left tackle by Justin McCray. Robinson showed up at the facility this week complaining of concussion symptoms.

The Steelers are without two of their biggest play makers on offense- WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee, concussion) and RB James Conner (shoulder).

See the game at 1:00 on CBS 19.

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