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For the first 15 minutes of Sunday's game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns, it looked like old times as the Black & Gold had their way with the hapless Browns, holding them to negative yards and zero first downs.
Too bad for the Steelers they don't play 15-minute games.
The Cleveland Browns used three consecutive touchdown drives to pull away and put the Steelers on ice in a 31-10 laugher at First Energy Stadium. Momentum quickly changed early in the second quarter when a field goal attempt by Shaun Suisham went awry as holder Brad Wing mishandled the snap and took a seven-yard loss.
It didn't take long for the Browns to take advantage.
They moved 68 yards in just five plays as Isaiah Crowell capped the drive with a 5-yard TD run to put Cleveland into the lead for the first time. How did the Steelers respond you ask? A lengthy scoring drive, capped by a Ben TD pass?
The Steelers went three-and-out and promptly allowed the Browns their 2nd scoring drive in a row, this time only needing three plays to travel 60 yards with the last 51 going from Bryan Hoyer to James Cameron to extend the lead to 14-3 Cleveland. You would think that would motivate the Steelers' offense to get the club back in the game?
You would be wrong.
For a second consecutive series, the Steelers went three-and-out but managed to pin the Brown back inside their 20 yard line to begin their next drive. Eleven plays later, Ben Tate was taking a handoff and thundering his way 8-yards into the Steelers' end zone for a third-straight Browns' touchdown scoring drive and a 21-3 lead.
It didn't get much better in the second half, as the Steelers' offense continued to struggle with the wide receiving corp dropping a number of passes thrown by Ben Roethlisberger. Lance Moore, Markus Wheaton and even Heath Miller were guily as charged, dropping balls that should have been caught.
Ben Tate would add his second touchdown early in the fourth quarter to push the lead to 28 points. It covered one yard and capped that drive of 7 plays and 38 yards. It was set up when a Ben Roethlisberger pass was tipped at the line and intercepted by Buster Skrine on a play that appeared to be a blown call by the officials.
But the Browns deserved all of the credit for their biggest lopsided win over the Steelers since taking them down in that infamous 51-0 waxing at Three Rivers Stadium back in 1989.
The Steelers must now get ready to drag themselves in front of a national TV audience next Monday night when they host the Houston Texans at Heinz Field.