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Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns Week 17: Winners and Losers

After every game there are players who deserve the label of a 'Winner', and others who are dubbed 'Losers'. BTSC gives you the Winners and Losers after the Steelers vs. Browns Week 17 game.

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It was a wild game in FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH, but the Pittsburgh Steelers were the ones celebrating the win, and a playoff berth, when the game clock read nothing but zeros. See which players were labeled 'Winners' for their stellar play on the field, and those dubbed 'Losers' for their sub-par performance.


Antonio Brown - The MVP of the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 2015-2016 NFL regular season put up 187 yards on 13 catches and a touchdown to finish off the year. His final stats on the season are 1,834 yards and nine touchdowns on 136 receptions. He became the first person in NFL history to have more than 125 receptions in consecutive seasons. He is the best receiver in the game.

James Harrison - How about the Steelers' most veteran defensive playmaker coming up with what might have been the biggest play of the game today with his red zone interception. It was vintage Harrison to see the way he cut off Gary Barnridge from the inside of the field and then jumped the quick out route for a quick turnover.

Lawrence Timmons - After a tough week last week, the oldest of the Steelers linebackers that were first round draft picks had a bounce back performance. He led the team with seven tackles and three assists, but the biggest statistic that stands out were his 1.5 sacks. The first of which was a shared sack that deserves a tip of the hat to Ryan Shazier's pursuit of Austin Davis. The biggest sack of the game however was the sack that forced a fumble and allowed for a Steelers turnover that all but ended any hopes of a Cleveland comeback. Law dog did his thing today.

Brandon Boykin - After a sack last week, he forced a fumble and recovered a fumble with four tackles this week and showed to be a tough player in coverage and fighting through blockers. Hopefully his play is enough that he will finally be a consistent player for this defense over Antwon Blake.


Let's Play a Game - I'm a cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers that is often on this list: who am I? If you have been reading this column all season, you know who this player is and why I do not need to name him. Antwon Blake has been the biggest liability on defense for much of this season and today when you saw Terrelle Pryor go up on third-and-long situation for a conversion. I wanted very much for Blake to be a winner when he started the game with a pass defense, a big hit and a sack; but he turned all that away with the way he played. I have not seen snap counts, but I do not think he was in coverage during the second half.

Martavis Bryant - Another week in which Bryant appeared to not be able to get the job done with catching the ball. It is unsure as to whether Bryant was injured, but he did not see the field in the second half of the game. Either way, his play has fallen off since his gritty performance against the Denver Broncos.

Cleveland Browns - Is there a bigger dumpster fire organization in the NFL? In sports? Maybe the Philadelphia 76ers, but at least they have Allen Iverson in their recent past. Head coach Mike Pettine looks like he's getting fired before tomorrow along with General Manager Ray Farmer. Johnny Manziel seems to be in a serious struggle with an alcohol addiction after being a first round draft pick of a quarterback and a Heisman Trophy winner who was given the opportunity to take the reigns this season. And all that topped off by the Steelers sweeping the Browns to finish off the year ... again.

Honorable Mention:

You! Me! Everybody that is a fan of or part of the Pittsburgh Steelers' organization! IT'S BACK TO THE PLAYOFFS!

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