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The Cleveland Browns were able to quickly erase their bad loss to the New York Jets with a 29-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night.
It was a similar storyline to Sunday against the Jets, however, as the steelers tried for the kick in play with less than two minutes left and a six-point lead for Cleveland. But an offside penalty wiped out the attempt, and the Browns finished the game without a wild comeback. In fact, they clawed back a last-ditch side play that went wrong for Pittsburgh in the end zone to cap off the win.
Nick Chubb set the tone on offense for the Browns. He had another great game on the ground, blasting his way through the Steelers defense. Chubb’s second-half touchdown made it a two-point game for the home team, and he finished with a game-high 113 yards on 23 carries.
Chubb had 87 yards and three touchdowns against the Jets on Sunday and had 141 yards on 22 carries in Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers.
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett was very effective for Cleveland, going 21 for 31 for 220 with two touchdowns and no interceptions thrown.
In the first half, it was the Browns who entered first thanks to a shift that receiver Amari Cooper exploited. His defender left too much space near the goal line, and a quick tilt was right on Brissett’s money for the touchdown.
Cooper finished the game as the leader in receiving yards with 101 of seven catches with the score.
The Steelers ended up responding right after Cooper’s touchdown, and it was rookie wide receiver George Pickens who had an impressive one-handed catch down the right sideline for 36 yards. It was a catch reminiscent of Odell Beckham Jr.’s famous catch in 2014 against the Dallas Cowboys, but while that one was a touchdown, Pickens’ catch pushed the Steelers into the Browns’ side.
A few plays later, Najee Harris, who ran for 56 yards on 15 carries while catching three balls for nine yards, would rush into the end zone to make it a 7-7 game.
From there, it was a home and away shootout as both teams traded touchdowns again on their next drives.
David Njoku worked his way up to snatch a Brissett pass into the end zone on 1-on-1 coverage for seven yards. But rookie kicker Cade York, who missed an extra run in the team’s game-ending loss to the New York Jets, missed another to make it 13-7.
Chris Boswell scored his extra point after Trubisky rushed into the end zone, giving the Steelers a 14-13 lead.
But the Steelers couldn’t find the end zone in the second half, and after that Chubb touchdown, that was all the Browns needed to claim the division win for themselves.
The Browns will look to keep their momentum going on the road against the Atlanta Falcons with a long rest for next week.
The Steelers will return to Pittsburgh next week to prepare for their game against the Jets.