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Duck Hodges did not look comfortable in the pocket to start the game and had a tendency to drift out of it rather than step up in the pocket. He began to warm up in the second quarter. Hodges' best throw of the first half was a well-placed go route to James Washington down the left sideline for a 31-yard gain. Hodges later hit Washington for a 30-yard touchdown. Hodges hit Washington with another beautiful deep pass down the right sideline for a 44-yard gain in the third quarter.
James Washington appeared to have a good connection with Hodges, as Washington made some big catches on his productive day. Washington’s best catch of the day came at the end of the first half when he caught a 30-yard touchdown after being interfered with by T.J. Carrie.
The Steelers' secondary was impressive, as well. Veteran cornerback Joe Haden made the play of the day with his game-winning interception of Mayfield late in the fourth quarter.
The Browns involved Kareem Hunt in the running game more than they have in any other game this season, and he rewarded them with his signature hard running and excellent balance through contact as tacklers bounced off of him.