It required a challenge from head coach Kevin Stefanski, but the Browns opened the scoring on a one-yard touchdown run from running back Jerome Ford before a 25-yard field goal from Dustin Hopkins made it 10-0 at halftime.
Jaylen Warren broke off a 74-yard touchdown run on the second play from scrimmage in the second half to get the Steelers back within a field goal, and a Chris Boswell 28-yard field goal tied the game up at 10-10 midway through the fourth quarter.
It was the Browns who got it done at the end, though, with Dustin Hopkins kicking the game-winning field goal from 34 yards out.
Offensive spotlight: Besides one long run by Steelers running back Jaylen Warren, offense was at a premium. The two quarterbacks combined to throw for just 271 yards. Steelers running back Najee Harris averaged 2.9 yards per carry, and Browns running backs Kareem Hunt and Jerome Ford averaged 3.0 and 2.6 yards, respectively. Browns wide receiver Elijah Moore was the game's leading receiver, with 60 yards.
Defensive spotlight: If Defensive Player of the Year voters are going to focus on sack totals, then the advantage went to Myles Garrett in this contest. His two sacks took him up to 13 on the year, while Watt’s one brought him to 11.5.
Rookie spotlight: The Browns trusted rookie quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson to make plays through the air, with the former UCLA standout attempting 43 passes on the day. It wasn’t a sensational showing, and he averaged just 3.8 yards per attempt, but it was much better than his debut earlier in the year against the Baltimore Ravens. He went 24-of-43 for 165 yards and an interception, adding 20 rushing yards on three attempts.
|Kenny Pickett||5.14||15 / 28||106||3.8||0||0||14||3||62.5|
|Dorian Thompson-Robinson||7.6||24 / 43||165||3.8||0||1||18||1||54.9|
|Pierre Strong Jr.||1.5||1||1||1||0||1||0|
|Allen Robinson II||5||4||3||20||5||6.7||0||11|
|Pierre Strong Jr.||1.5||1||1||4||4||4||0||4|