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The Steelers find a way

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Thursday night’s matchup didn’t look great on paper. It turned out to be the most compelling primetime game in weeks.

Here’s what we learned during Pittsburgh’s hard-fought 14-3 victory over the Browns.

1. Ben Roethlisberger is . . . flexible. When he got hurt in the first half Thursday night, it sure looked like he wouldn’t come back. Perhaps for a few weeks. Instead, he returned to author one of his most memorable regular season performances.

After the game, Mike Tomlin said Roethlisberger suffered a high ankle sprain.

2. Roethlisberger was limping badly from the injury when he first returned. He struggled to plant his foot, but wound up making a number of nice throws. He finished 17-of-22 for 280 yards, two scores, and an interception. What ankle injury?

3. The Steelers also lost defensive tackle Ziggy Hood (groin) and center Maurkice Pouncey (high ankle sprain) during the game.

4. The final score doesn’t show how tight this game was. The Browns were in the red zone down four points with under five minutes to go. Colt McCoy, who just had his bell rung by James Harrison, threw a weak interception into the end zone to William Gay.

5. Harrison is going to get a hefty fine for that helmet-to-helmet hit. It knocked McCoy out for a few plays. Seneca Wallace came in and put the Browns near the goal line. The Browns coaching staff may regret putting McCoy back in the game. McCoy had one of his best games of the season overall, he struggled after that hit.

6. This Steelers team is just so much more fun to watch because of Antonio Brown. His 79-yard catch and run put the game away in the closing minutes. There isn’t a a better 1-2 wide receiver combination in the league than Brown and Mike Wallace.

7. This was a classic AFC North tilt, and the Steelers found a way to win. It seems like they always do. Still, it’s a concern Pittsburgh can’t get a yard on the goal line when they absolutely need it.

8. This win keeps Pittsburgh very much alive for the No. 1 seed in the AFC at 10-3. They just need to keep winning, and hope the Ravens (and Texans) slip up. The Steelers hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over New England.

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  1. doctorfootball says: Dec 8, 2011 11:44 PM

    “The Steelers find a way”? I think it’s more appropriate to say “The Browns find a way”. As in, they found a way to lose a game that could have easily been theirs.

  2. trbowman says: Dec 8, 2011 11:45 PM

    Colt McCoy is beyond awful.

    The Browns would have been better off if Wallace stayed in the game. He comes in and makes a big time throw to get the first down.

    Colt comes back in- a sack and a pick. Nice.

    You can say get him more weapons, but so what? So they can “hide” him more? Colt isn’t suddenly going to develop arm strength. He simply doesn’t have it. It’s irresponsible if the Browns don’t make QB a priority that off-season.

    Defense held tight all day long, but Colt couldn
    ‘t get anything done.

  3. iambadkid says: Dec 8, 2011 11:46 PM

    browns suck bad teams always find a way to lose thank god new england is not like cleveland otherwise the patriots would have been the same way like cleveland

  4. nattypoes says: Dec 8, 2011 11:47 PM

    One and done.

  5. mh28102 says: Dec 8, 2011 11:48 PM

    Antonio Brown fantasy owners rejoice

  6. donmajik7 says: Dec 8, 2011 11:48 PM

    “There isn’t a a better 1-2 wide receiver combination in the league than Brown and Mike Wallace.”
    ******************************************
    I’ll Take GB’s 1-2-3-4-5 and Finley combo. Brown and Wallace are DAMN GOOD tho!!!!

  7. mattlion says: Dec 8, 2011 11:49 PM

    “There isn’t a a better 1-2 wide receiver combination in the league than Brown and Mike Wallace.”

    They’re great but I’d take Jennings/Nelson and maybe Nicks/Cruz ahead of them.

  8. trbowman says: Dec 8, 2011 11:50 PM

    Drafting Trent Richardson is a waste. I don’t care how good he is. Stop mocking him to the Browns, people.

    For one, how many UDFA-late round backs have to tear it up before people stop thinking it’s a good idea to take one that high?

    Two, he’ll see the same loaded boxes Hillis/Hardesty sees. It doesn’t matter who’s back there because NO ONE is scared of Colt McCoy’s arm.

    Third, RB’s a low impact position. That’s a reality check Adrian Peterson is great and all, but how have the Vikings fared with him and no one at QB? Terrible.

  9. lilrob10201 says: Dec 8, 2011 11:50 PM

    Rape much Ben ?

  10. Stiller43 says: Dec 8, 2011 11:51 PM

    Mike,

    Is it still a penalty when the qb escapes the pocket, therefore becoming a runner?

    I thought once once they escaped the pocket they became a runner and the hitting rules didnt apply to them, no?

  11. steelbydesign says: Dec 8, 2011 11:51 PM

    @ drfootball

    Found a way to lose the game? Give me a break. The Steelers defense locked down the Browns all night, you make it sound like they were in control all game.

    The defense shut them down and the Browns won the field position battle through most of the game pinning the Steelers deep. The hobbled Ben struggled to flip the field.

    The steelers were obviously the better team.

  12. lenke08 says: Dec 8, 2011 11:51 PM

    well for what it was my browns played hard against a good team. as a browns fan i saw greatness in this game and im proud of my team for standing in there for being considered horrible on both sides of the ball. browns draft offense this year watchout because we are putting our team together. i wish we had a wr though lol congrats steelers great game. go browns!!!!

  13. kyleortonsarm says: Dec 8, 2011 11:54 PM

    How is it “finding a way” when you’re playing the Browns. I could have found a way and I don’t even play football. Just because Pittsburgh is a flacid and pathetic excuse for a sports team and full of all around awful people doesn’t mean they accomplished something incredible by knocking off a team that’s more likely to run a touchdown into their own endzone then the opponents. Usual GGP. Greg Garbage Post.

  14. johntonioholmes says: Dec 8, 2011 11:54 PM

    This game was actually not as tight as the score indicates, my man. The Browns were in the red zone twice.

    Pitt had 4 turnovers in the red zone, including the turnover on downs.

    Even if they kick a field goal on every one of those trips, it’s not that close.

    Good thing Pittsburgh blew those chances early on or this one would have been a snoozer.

    Cleveland actually had a good set of plays in the beginning. At least they were looking down field instead of underneath for once.

  15. hbdbrowns33 says: Dec 8, 2011 11:54 PM

    That last pick wasn’t Colt’s fault Massaquoi gave up on the ball….he didn’t even try to catch it he went straight for the tackle.

  16. thegaterecords says: Dec 8, 2011 11:54 PM

    Good luck finding a way vs the Niners……..

  17. johnnyshore says: Dec 8, 2011 11:54 PM

    “There isn’t a a better 1-2 wide receiver combination in the league than Brown and Mike Wallace.”

    I’m not a Giants fan, so there’s no bias here, but I would take Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz any day over the Wallace/Brown.

  18. jgrange08 says: Dec 8, 2011 11:55 PM

    Your move baltimore…although it looks like this weekend is a layup for you guys

  19. theglap says: Dec 8, 2011 11:56 PM

    Harrison will be fined. By the book.

    The penalty was the right call. By the book.

    The book is wrong.

    You leave the pocket, you should lose all protection as a QB.

    Colt McCoy became a runner and then turned back into a passer only when he passed it.

    You fake like you’re going to run, you should be fair game just like any other runner.

  20. bunkmcnulty says: Dec 8, 2011 11:56 PM

    Very impressive win!

    I’m so afraid to face them a 3rd time.

  21. steelhammer92 says: Dec 8, 2011 11:57 PM

    The Browns at their best couldn’t beat the Steelers at their absolute worst.. with an injured QB.. aided by 12 penalties.. Haha suck on it haters!

  22. jimmer2372 says: Dec 8, 2011 11:57 PM

    Johnny any day? Some stupid people post here for sure.

  23. jimmer2372 says: Dec 9, 2011 12:02 AM

    Theglap…you make too much sense for the NFL .

  24. hbdbrowns33 says: Dec 9, 2011 12:03 AM

    theglap says:

    You leave the pocket, you should lose all protection as a QB.

    Colt McCoy became a runner and then turned back into a passer only when he passed it.

    You fake like you’re going to run, you should be fair game just like any other runner.

    Not when your behind the line of scrimmage.

  25. bradybbgoat says: Dec 9, 2011 12:06 AM

    The most compelling primetime game in weeks??

    I’ll see your Steelers/Browns and raise you Ravens/49ers.

  26. brownsfantildeath says: Dec 9, 2011 12:09 AM

    Do any of you that think the Harrison hit on McCoy was legal have any understanding of NFL rules? Doesn’t matter if he was a passer, runner, or a walking potato. You can’t go helmet to helmet with anyone!!!!

  27. fittytuckin says: Dec 9, 2011 12:10 AM

    I have nothing against the guy, but Colt McCoy is a back up quarterback. He looks like a highschooler compared to everyone else on the field

  28. bradybbgoat says: Dec 9, 2011 12:10 AM

    lenke08 says:
    Dec 8, 2011 11:51 PM
    well for what it was my browns played hard against a good team. as a browns fan i saw greatness in this game and im proud of my team for standing in there for being considered horrible on both sides of the ball. browns draft offense this year watchout because we are putting our team together. i wish we had a wr though lol congrats steelers great game. go browns!!!!

    Forget WR man, you guys need a QB. Colt got the jitters big time after that pop from Harrison and didn’t look that great before. Colt is not the future.

    FWIW, I think Little, Massaquoi and Norwood are all solid prospects. Moore looks good too.

  29. flakazoid says: Dec 9, 2011 12:12 AM

    bunkmcnulty says:
    Very impressive win!
    I’m so afraid to face them a 3rd time.
    ————————————————
    I don’t blame you. If I was a Ravens fan I’d be very worried.

  30. vincentbojackson says: Dec 9, 2011 12:15 AM

    “Harrison is going to get a hefty fine for that helmet-to-helmet hit.”
    ————————————

    McCoy was a runner, then dumped the ball off at the last possible second.

    He was almost across the line of scrimmage and was 5 yards from the sideline.

    Quite s bit different than a guy teeing off on a QB in the pocket.

  31. klunge says: Dec 9, 2011 12:16 AM

    theglap says:Dec 8, 2011 11:56 PM

    Harrison will be fined. By the book.
    The penalty was the right call. By the book.
    The book is wrong.
    You leave the pocket, you should lose all protection as a QB.
    Colt McCoy became a runner and then turned back into a passer only when he passed it.
    You fake like you’re going to run, you should be fair game just like any other runner.
    ——————————————————

    I guess you are unaware that helmet to helmet hits are illegal on everyone, not just QBs? Harrison should know though, since it seems as though he’s been fined for illegally drilling players at nearly every offensive position.

  32. silverback9999 says: Dec 9, 2011 12:19 AM

    bunkmcnulty says:
    Dec 8, 2011 11:56 PM
    Very impressive win!

    I’m so afraid to face them a 3rd time.

    Damn right you’re afraid. Ravens lost to Jaxville, Seattle, and Tennessee cuz your QB blows. We break your heart every time the game really matters. We’ll ride with #7 against Flacco in the playoffs any day. Ravens will find a way to gag up the division and we’ll beat you in Pittsburgh again and listen to Suggs and Ray Ray whine about refs and coaching decisions etc. It’ll be even sweeter this year cuz you actually think you’re gonna win.lol Cheers ratbird fan.

  33. rowdymon says: Dec 9, 2011 12:22 AM

    Theglap you are wrong. No matter where the player is you can’t lead with the helmet. Harrison has been fined on this numerous times and hasn’t learned. He is going to paralyze someone if it doesn’t stop. League should come down on him hard.

  34. cavredleg15 says: Dec 9, 2011 12:25 AM

    theglap says: Dec 8, 2011 11:56 PM

    Harrison will be fined. By the book.

    The penalty was the right call. By the book.

    The book is wrong.

    You leave the pocket, you should lose all protection as a QB.

    Colt McCoy became a runner and then turned back into a passer only when he passed it.

    You fake like you’re going to run, you should be fair game just like any other runner.

    The hit occurred within 2 yards of the LOS just after McCoy had tucked the ball under his right arm. If it had been Cribbs scrambling from the Wildcat there would have been no flag. I’m not even sure a flag would have been thrown if it were Vick or Tebow.

  35. pbolyard says: Dec 9, 2011 12:27 AM

    As far as a dirty team goes Detroit is nothing compared to the Steelers. And Harrison will probably be feeling about 100k light in the wallet soon.

  36. rexismybff says: Dec 9, 2011 12:32 AM

    Browns should be proud – awesome defensive effort. This game is really something they can grow from. The next game in Cleveland could be a big win for the Browns.

    McCoy has plenty of arm strength people. He didn’t become weaker by coming to the NFL, and he was plenty able to sling the ball all over the field at UT. Your problem, Browns fans, is you have by far the worst WR group in the league. There is not a single WR or tight end on the Cleveland sideline that could even make the team for the Steelers, much less be a starter. Josh Cribbs would be the exception, in that he could make it as a special-teamer. Wallace-Brown-Sanders-Cotchery-Ward are so vastly superior to the Cleveland receiving group, its really hard to conceive a wider separation in talent. McCoy is doing a great job at hanging in there and trying. And he’s getting beaten half to death for doing it. You guys need serious WR help in the draft.

  37. stealkurtain says: Dec 9, 2011 12:42 AM

    When it’s all said in done at least it kept entertained throughout the night.

  38. tkebean says: Dec 9, 2011 12:45 AM

    Heroic effort by Ben…..with that performance you can have my daughter……willing or not.

  39. scytherius says: Dec 9, 2011 12:45 AM

    Steelers in big trouble in the Playoffs.

  40. bensstinkyfingers says: Dec 9, 2011 12:46 AM

    Find a way to beat a 4-8 Team. Sounds like a Super Bowl Winning team to me. Bwwwaaahhh. The steelers are a joke, they will be lucky to gimp into the playoffs via wildcard, then get beat in first round . Book it Inbreds! Put an “S” on Pig Ben’s chest for fooling you Pittsburgh Tards into believing he was really hurt bad and miraculously came back in the 2nd half. Replacing his tampon turned him into a superhero to beat the lowly browns. Good luck tards , you will not see another Lombardi trophy before the Brwons get one. Take it to the bank, with your cross eyed Pissburgh skanks.

  41. childressrulz says: Dec 9, 2011 12:59 AM

    Doesn’t seem like the kind of score a contender would put up but whatever.

  42. cswenson218 says: Dec 9, 2011 1:04 AM

    I will quote the guy from EpicMealTime…Haters, be Believers.

  43. sportsguybayarea says: Dec 9, 2011 1:05 AM

    off to san fran for a HUGE monday night showdown!

  44. brandonyer says: Dec 9, 2011 1:11 AM

    It doesn’t matter that Colt left the pocket or that he is a QB. You are not allowed to do a blatant helmet-to-helmet hit on any player. That would have been a penalty if he was a RB, WR, QB, TE….it doesn’t matter. That is not a questionable call, it is not a stupid rule. It was just a plain and simple call.

    I don’t know what to think of Pittsburgh. They look great vs New England and then they look like this against the Browns. Right now I am not scared of any AFC team.

  45. cowboy88 says: Dec 9, 2011 1:19 AM

    There are several better 1-2 receiver combinations in the league than Brown and Wallace. What an idiotic comment.

  46. tebowislife says: Dec 9, 2011 1:30 AM

    Iron sharpens iron. Men sharpen men. This has to be the hit where Goodell suspends Harrison for multiple games and fines Tomlin too. Until Harrison hears from Tomlin to stop launching himself in helmet to helmet hits his beyond the pale dangerous hits won’t stop. God bless.

  47. sophiethegreatdane says: Dec 9, 2011 1:37 AM

    So, the Ravens run all over the Browns — and beat them by 14 points, only after the Brownies score a TD in garbage time — and it’s all “Ravens barely squeak out win”.

    Yet the BELOVED Squealers eek out a win, AGAINST THE SAME TEAM — and they are Super Bowl bound?

    Got it.

  48. wannabeqb says: Dec 9, 2011 1:42 AM

    McCoy left the pocket and became a runner. Helmet to helmet is legal on a runner.

    Any player could throw the ball away if they think they could get stopped for a loss, it shouldnt give them a shot at a roughing the passer call.

  49. couldntthinkofaname says: Dec 9, 2011 1:52 AM

    trbowman says: Dec 8, 2011 11:45 PM

    Colt McCoy is beyond awful.

    The Browns would have been better off if Wallace stayed in the game. He comes in and makes a big time throw to get the first down.

    Colt comes back in- a sack and a pick. Nice.

    You can say get him more weapons, but so what? So they can “hide” him more? Colt isn’t suddenly going to develop arm strength. He simply doesn’t have it. It’s irresponsible if the Browns don’t make QB a priority that off-season.

    Defense held tight all day long, but Colt couldn
    ‘t get anything done.

    __________________

    The more I hear from Browns fans, the more they disgust me. I’m not a fan of Pitt, Balt, or Cincy, so throw that comeback out the window.

    When GM after GM never gets it done, when coach after coach never gets it done, and when QB after QB never gets it done, it ain’t the GMs, coaches, and QBs that are at fault.

    It’s a self-entitled, sniveling fan base that still bitches about Modell and thinks it deserves to have a dynasty RIGHT THIS SECOND.

    You bitch about rebuilding, but constantly tear down anything anybody tries to build here in Cleveland.

    You people have hated every f’n QB that has come here except for Frye and Quinn. Those guys gave you boners because “hyuk, dem Ohio boys, hyuk”.

    Beyond awful? That’s you guys. You’re the ones who cheer QBs getting injured. You’re the ones who let Pitt fans take over 3/4 of your stadium when they swagger into town. You’re the ones who leave in the fourth when your team is getting beaten.

    So get rid of McCoy and find another dreamboat that you’ll fall in love with until he throws his first interception. Maybe some decade you’ll realize that a second-year QB with no real weapons can’t get it done without a little more help.

    Throw all THAT onto the assembly line at your “factory of self-pity”.

  50. ampatsisahypocrite says: Dec 9, 2011 2:11 AM

    Once again we bid a good night to all our Ravens fan friends who got sucked in to believing the Brownies might pull this out at the end… between this one and the Chiefs game, wonder which one hurts more?

    Sweet dreams, little schoolgirls.

  51. avoidtheboyd says: Dec 9, 2011 2:49 AM

    The Steelers find a way to do what? Be an exceedingly better team than the one they were playing against? A way to get to play that team twice? A way to already be winning a game they “found a way” to win for practically the entire game?

    Maybe “Roethlisberger finds a way to retain the ability to walk, let alone play football.”

  52. staffordsyear says: Dec 9, 2011 3:02 AM

    i admire how james Harrison games,Detroit fan here.

  53. norcalmafia says: Dec 9, 2011 3:06 AM

    Get ready for your primetime beatdown next week chumps!

  54. nickster31 says: Dec 9, 2011 4:12 AM

    When the defense KNOWS that there is not going to be a play action or a pass because the QB is lucky to be standing, it is pretty easy to sell out, send 11, and stop a team on the goal line. I don’t care if they have 10 downs.

  55. pravin68 says: Dec 9, 2011 4:38 AM

    The refs are getting out of hand. That Antonio Brown catch reversal was ridiculous. When the Ravens played Steelers on SNF, the Raven guy made a catch that made contact more than once with the ground and even moved while he was rolling around, yet ref even on replay said it was good enough for a catch. yet, in today’s play, on replay, the ref overrules a catch based on skimpy evidence. Look, I dont say refs can be consistent to a great degree on live rulings. But on replay, when the policy is to be absolutely sure before reversing an on field play, how can refs be so inconsistent from game to game? If 10 people watch a play, unless 9 out of 10 can overrule it, then it is a bad replay reversal by an individual judge because there is no way he saw enough there to be absolutely sure the ball touched the ground before he caught it. Incident minor ground l contact as long as the control is solid has been ruled OK by other refs even if he thinks he saw it clearly.

    I am glad Steelers overcame that horrible ruling. But this is not just the Steelers. Too many teams are getting robbed on these kind of reversals. As much as Ravens got lucky against the Steelers on that catch in the game I referenced, I saw the refs make a wrong ruling on replay when the Cleveland guy clearly fumbled on the field against the Ravens.

    I support replay. BUt refs need to be trained better to pay heed to the following
    1) If it takes forever to overrule someting, don’t overrule it because it is obvious it is too close to call.
    2) If there is any doubt in your mind about the interpretation of the action(like the cinci TD against Ravens that was overturned where people are debating whtether a forward movement was made after control or it was one continuous action to the ground), dont overrule.
    3) NFL should have a control center like the NHL when the ref can see clearly what happened, but are not sure what is the correct interpretation.

  56. ottograham says: Dec 9, 2011 4:42 AM

    @bunkmcnulty
    I’ll see ya there brotha. Trust me we won’t go ’08 or ’10 Ravens on you and let the ring slip away. Tell me how that felt so I can try to understand your shame. Pathetic city and citizens.

  57. stoogy says: Dec 9, 2011 5:35 AM

    steelers are not impressive… 1 and done in playoffs

  58. 1historian says: Dec 9, 2011 5:53 AM

    Has anyone read the article in the current issue of S.I. about the players on the 1986 Bengals team?

  59. eigglesnosuperbowls says: Dec 9, 2011 6:17 AM

    If finding a way is the criteria then,,, lets give the Broncos some credit !

  60. bagadeez04 says: Dec 9, 2011 6:27 AM

    They did beat the Browns right? People on here making a big deal about beating possibly the worst teams in football?

    After you beat the Browns, as Steelers fans, move on to the next week. Steelers are a real good team, and shouldn’t have even been close here.

  61. footballgod87 says: Dec 9, 2011 6:39 AM

    There isn’t a a better 1-2 wide receiver combination in the league than Brown and Mike Wallace—

    Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson disagree

  62. timtheenchanter1 says: Dec 9, 2011 6:41 AM

    Best 1-2 WR Combo?

    I’d take Megatron and my dead grandma (or whoever it is Detroit trots out there) over any other team’s 1-2 combo.

  63. discosucs2005 says: Dec 9, 2011 6:54 AM

    I’m not sure what the rule should be, but there should definitely be a clarification made about what turns a QB into a runner. If McCoy hadn’t passed the ball, or if he had been past the LOS would that have been a penalty or a finable offense?

    Protecting players starts with clear and consistent rules. Both have been largely lacking. I think a huge part of that is having one person mainly responsible for judging what the rules should be and how to enforce and punish them.

  64. whoplayswhere says: Dec 9, 2011 6:55 AM

    Fat #7 is the biggest drama queen in the industry. I’m so sick of this guy milking injuries to grab headlines. He loves reading about himself.

    It’s a shame cause I’m beginning to realize how good of quarterback he is. If the sideshow could just go away, itd be easier to tolerate him.

  65. BratLee says: Dec 9, 2011 6:58 AM

    high ankle sprain-like symptoms

  66. hekofit says: Dec 9, 2011 7:03 AM

    Its amazing how everyone is stuck on whether McCoy is a good enough quarterback. What about the coach? Shurmer hasn’t learned anything this season. He’s making the same unsuccessful decisions over and over again.

  67. Steeler's Will says: Dec 9, 2011 7:26 AM

    Kudos to the Browns for ignoring all of NFLN’s nonstop pregame slobbering on Pittsburgh and reminding them that there’s still a game to play.

    Nice job forcing the fumbles against two of our most sure handed players. As for Ben’s drama-ness, I wouldn’t have been surprised if he came out and ran for 100yds, although that roll-up was ugly. It’ll be good to have an extended week to heal up.

    Oh and uh, GO COLTS! (*cry*)

  68. ham1 says: Dec 9, 2011 7:40 AM

    Is there a tougher QB currently playing than Ben?
    Last years Broken nose, blood everywhere and he still whups Baltimore. Now he goes out after a nasty looking injury, goes to get an xray, shows he has no structural damage, and gets his butt back out there. Just because the xray showed there was no damage did not mean he wasnt playing hurt. He limped to another win in spite of.

    Dont tell me about Romo and his little flack jacket

  69. dennychimes says: Dec 9, 2011 7:41 AM

    About the Harrison Hit on McCoy. Yes he was out of the pocket as I saw it from my Living Room. However when the hit occured, He no longer had the ball, was looking in the direction of the throw, and Harrison lowered his head then led it into McCoy’s facemask. The call to me should have been hitting a defenseless player. These guys play at such a fast paced, high level, these things happen. But, this should not have happened. And I am SURE it will be a hefty fine. Just because of past history if nothing else. Great game though!!!!! Hats off to Cleveland for showing up… They made it worth watching… Pittsburgh could have very well blown the lid off early and cruised….

  70. fatdaddy73 says: Dec 9, 2011 7:58 AM

    It’s simple… Hit a qb in the head with your HELMET and get fined. Why is that so hard to comprehend?

  71. kokoskmr says: Dec 9, 2011 7:59 AM

    Overstatement: “Most compelling prime time game in weeks”

    4 fumbles, 3 interceptions, multiple red zone misses? This game was nearly unwatchable! Kudos to the Steelers for “finding a way”‘ but given the Browns performance, that’s like giving your buddy a high five for sinking a layup. Cleveland deserves better!

    It ‘s nice to see that Ben’s ankles are as flexible as his definition of rape! They’ll go as far as Ben’s ankle will take them in the playoffs.

  72. arrogantathlete says: Dec 9, 2011 8:01 AM

    Just like women in bathroom stalls Rothlisberger finds a way.

  73. djstat says: Dec 9, 2011 8:03 AM

    steelhammer92

    You barely beat the pathetic browns dude. Your team is dirty. Harrison will be suspended for the 49er game!

  74. bigvinnyinjax says: Dec 9, 2011 8:03 AM

    Anybody else notice how abosutely uninterested Byron Leftwich looked? Chomping his gum and listening to his iPod. Dude couldn’t even pretend to be interested in the outcome of the game.

    Charlie Batch may be a career backup, but it’s been a very long career. I’d say this chump Leftwich is just about done. He must have made a deal with the devil to last this long.

  75. binkystevens says: Dec 9, 2011 8:08 AM

    Not a better 1-2 combination than Wallace and Brown? Seriously? How about Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson? Or any other combination of guys on the Packers receiving corp. They proved to be the difference in the Superbowl, mind you.

  76. eastcoastv says: Dec 9, 2011 8:24 AM

    Agree that the Brown’s had every chance in the world to win this one. Their defense in the red zone when they held Steelers for 4 downs was impressive.

    Steelers won’t make it past the 1st round of playoffs if they play like that again.

  77. toegoat says: Dec 9, 2011 8:31 AM

    Ben is the toughest QB in the league without a doubt. Gotta love the hate lol!
    Good game Cleveland.

  78. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 9, 2011 8:39 AM

    6. This Steelers team is just so much more fun to watch because of Antonio Brown. His 79-yard catch and run put the game away in the closing minutes. There isn’t a a better 1-2 wide receiver combination in the league than Brown and Mike Wallace.

    —————

    Nicks and Cruz???

    Anyway, one and done.

  79. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 9, 2011 8:40 AM

    mattlion says:
    Dec 8, 2011 11:49 PM
    “There isn’t a a better 1-2 wide receiver combination in the league than Brown and Mike Wallace.”

    They’re great but I’d take Jennings/Nelson and maybe Nicks/Cruz ahead of them.
    ———–

    I agree, GB’s unit and ours (NYG) are more fun AND have more yardage and big plays.

  80. jbl429 says: Dec 9, 2011 8:42 AM

    6. This Steelers team is just so much more fun to watch because of Antonio Brown. His 79-yard catch and run put the game away in the closing minutes. There isn’t a a better 1-2 wide receiver combination in the league than Brown and Mike Wallace.

    Yes, there is. It’s Hakeem Nicks & Victor Cruz. They have more catches, TDs, and 16 less yards, but have played 1 less game then Brown and Wallace.

  81. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 9, 2011 8:42 AM

    steelbydesign says:
    Dec 8, 2011 11:51 PM
    @ drfootball

    Found a way to lose the game? Give me a break. The Steelers defense locked down the Browns all night, you make it sound like they were in control all game.

    The defense shut them down and the Browns won the field position battle through most of the game pinning the Steelers deep. The hobbled Ben struggled to flip the field.

    The steelers were obviously the better team.

    ————

    All Steeler fans seem to be delusional beyond repentance. It’s appalling.

    The Browns couldn’t get out of their own way all night. Epic fail on the first drive and a total brain freeze by Shurmur to 1) put a concussed QB back in the game and 2) take out a guy who had made a couple of huge plays to get you in position to score and win the game to begin with.

    The Steelers are one and done.

  82. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 9, 2011 8:45 AM

    CHRIS GOCONG.

  83. jessethegreat says: Dec 9, 2011 8:47 AM

    timtheenchanter1 says:

    I’d take Megatron and my dead grandma (or whoever it is Detroit trots out there) over any other team’s 1-2 combo.
    ———————————————————
    Yeah because he’s clearly dominaing the games and deciding how the playoffs are layed out each week. (Ala Wallace, Brown, Jennings, Nelson, Nicks, and Cruz). He’s a true talent, but face the music…. He’s never even going to sniff a ring playing in DetRiot. The Lions are and always will be the Bears and Packers little bytches in that division.

  84. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 9, 2011 8:49 AM

    Pig Pen always overdramatizes injuries and people make him out to be a friggin’ hero or something. I hate that clown and Steeler fans.

  85. jgrange08 says: Dec 9, 2011 9:22 AM

    So you saw the replay of his ankle being bent 90 degrees in the opposite direction normal ankle sprains happen, right?

    Your ankle has a strong ligament that stops your ankle from rolling that way (eversion), when it does roll out like that it actually is painful, but I’m sure big ben just wants attention /sarcasm

  86. Steeler's Will says: Dec 9, 2011 9:31 AM

    I gladly give credit to the Cleveland D for keeping the game close. The goal line stand, two fumble recoveries in the red zone, pulling in Ben’s mindnumbing pick of the week…without that the game is out of reach in a hurry. They made big plays early and often.

    Mr. Wright 212…u mad?

  87. melikefootball says: Dec 9, 2011 9:39 AM

    Looked to me the Steelers with Ben heathy was moving the ball. The two turnovers were in the red zone. The stop on four downs was because the Browns knew Ben could not move so they would run the ball. Took three good hits to stop the running back the last run was dead into the defense. I don’t think any playfoff teams want to play them.

  88. flaccodelic says: Dec 9, 2011 9:41 AM

    ampatsisahypocrite says: Dec 9, 2011 2:11 AM

    Once again we bid a good night to all our Ravens fan friends who got sucked in to believing the Brownies might pull this out at the end… between this one and the Chiefs game, wonder which one hurts more?

    ——

    Dude, if your best smack is to gloat about how you barely squeaked out two wins against two horrible teams to fans of the team that beat your team twice, you probably should take the week off, smack-talkin’-wise.

  89. boothisman says: Dec 9, 2011 9:48 AM

    Bottom line is the Browns cannot score a TD. At all. That is the problem that needs fixed. Last week Baltimore gave the Browns many chances to take the game, just like the Steelers did last night, but the Browns simply cannot take advantage.

    I’d say maybe look for a new head coach and/or qb, but I’m from Pittsburgh and hate the Browns so I really don’t care what ya do!

    GO STEELERS!!!!!!

  90. steelnucs says: Dec 9, 2011 10:03 AM

    Dude, if your best smack is to gloat about how you barely squeaked out two wins against two horrible teams to fans of the team that beat your team twice, you probably should take the week off, smack-talkin’-wise.

    I’m a Steeler fan and that was pretty funny.

  91. pravin68 says: Dec 9, 2011 10:09 AM

    That four down sequence at the goalline is one reason why Arians is hated so much. THere were a couple of downs where the right personnel were chosen. They had 3 TEs and an extra Ol guy. But they wasted Wallace on one of the downs. The D wasnt fooled and just left him on single coverage. THey should have brought Redman in on 2 downs and left Mendy or Mewelde in to keep the D honest. Hell, they could have tried with Mewelde taking a direct snap and make the D respect the possibility of a wildcat run to the outside or with the option to pitch it to Redman or Mendenhall. The third down play was clearly a TD if Redman was running that ball. He is better suited to pushing back the guy who slammed into Mendenhall at the 1.

    I do support going for it on 4th down in a regular season game. You need to find out now rather than later what it takes to score a TD in a pressure situation.

    As stupid as Steelers were in the type of runs they called at that goalline sequence, Browns were even dumber. They should have gone for it on 4th down to start the game. They also should not have punted on the next drive from the 40. And the worst was putting a dazed McCoy back in. I think Seneca has a much better chance of scoring a TD than a dazed McCoy or undazed McCoy. Quite frankly, the Steelers D didn’t impress me that much. Browns were just that incompetent.

  92. fredzarguna says: Dec 14, 2011 12:57 AM

    Interesting that in 91 comments nobody has pointed out the very obvious fact that the NFL has scheduled Thursday games for two reasons: 1) Money. Of course; it’s the NFL 2) Parity. The NFL has been trying in a variety of ways for several years to accomplish via Screwiness-of-Schedule what Strength-of-Schedule could not. Like the hidden taxes on your cell phone, nobody squawks about it like they do the income tax, because it flies under the radar.

    Thursday games are Hinky (that’s with a capital ‘H’.) SF and Bal’more both looked completely off during their Thursday outing; the game was just plain awful. Neither Pittsburgh nor Cleveland executed well, at least on offense.

    Expect Ratbird (aka Baltimore NeoBrowns) fans to come back here on Christmas day when Pittsburgh has to play St. Louis on a five day week with long travel between outings. That game will also be “surprisingly close.” And it will show nothing about how good or how bad the Steelers are.

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