The Steelers received the ball to start the second half, but a three-and-out on the opening drive gave the ball right to Cleveland. If there was a plus, it was Pressley Harvin’s punt which also saw the Browns move back even further due to a block in the back penalty.
Cleveland’s offense did what they did to start the game, and that was put forth a dominant drive. The only difference in the third quarter drive, compared to the first quarter drive, was how it ended. Facing second and goal, D’Ernest Johnson walked into the end zone for the first touchdown of the game. After the point-after, it was 10-3 with 9:36 left in the third quarter.
Desperately needing a drive to regain some momentum, Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers’ offense put together the must-needed drive. A 4th and 1 conversion by Najee Harris set up big completions to Chase Claypool and Pat Freiermuth to put the Steelers in the red-zone. But play calling got dicey for the Steelers in the red area with Chris Boswell out of the game with a concussion.
On second and goal it was Najee Harris going over the top for the touchdown, but with no kicker the Steelers had to go for the two-point conversion. On the conversion, Roethlisberger kept the ball and looked to give the team the lead, but a holding call on Kendrick Green negated the play. The conversion 10 yards back fell incomplete making the score 10-9 in favor of the Browns with 3:39 left in the quarter.
After a Pressley Harvin kickoff went out of bounds, Cleveland started with the ball at the 40-yard line. The Steelers’ defense was able to force a three-and-out, and Najee Harris single-handedly put the offense in Cleveland territory to end the third quarter.