Pittsburgh 14, Cleveland 3

Thursday, December 8, 2011 8:20 PM
WHEN: 8:20 PM EST, Thursday, December 8, 2011
WHERE: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TEMPERATURE: 31°
HEAD OFFICIAL: Ed Hochuli
ATTENDANCE: 60754

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 Total
Cleveland 3 0 0 0 3
Pittsburgh 7 0 0 7 14

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Cleveland 4-9 3-4 1-5 L3
Pittsburgh 10-3 6-1 4-2 W4

Recap


Ben Roethlisberger fought off an ankle injury to pass for 280 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Pittsburgh Steelers topped the visiting Cleveland Browns 14-3 on Thursday.

Antonio Brown and Jerricho Cotchery each caught a touchdown pass and Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 76 yards for the Steelers (10-3), who moved ahead of the Baltimore Ravens (9-3) in the AFC North and the New England Patriots (9-3) and Houston Texans (9-3) for first place in the conference.

Roethlisberger went to the locker room on a cart in the second quarter after suffering the injury but X-rays came back negative. He opted to have the ankle re-taped and came back out to start the third quarter with a noticeable limp.

Clinging to a 7-3 lead and struggling to move the ball for much of the second half, Roethlisberger and Brown combined for the play of the game with 2:52 left to seal the victory. Roethlisberger found Brown on the right side with a short back-shoulder fade.

Brown beat his first defender and made three more miss as he took it inside and back to the sideline before racing to the end zone for a 79-yard score.

That came two plays after the Browns nearly took the lead, but Colt McCoy was intercepted by William Gay in the end zone.

The Steelers’ defense forced a pair of interceptions and has allowed a total of one touchdown in the past three games.

Peyton Hillis was held to 25 yards on 10 carries for Cleveland (4-9).

Top Game Performances

Rushing
Cleveland   Pittsburgh
Chris Ogbonnaya Player Rashard Mendenhall
2 Attempts 18
31 Yards 76
15.5 Avg Yards 4.2
0 Touchdowns 0
28 Long 15
Receiving
Cleveland   Pittsburgh
Evan Moore Player Antonio Brown
4 Receptions 5
55 Yards 151
13.8 Avg Yards 30.2
0 Touchdowns 1
33 Long 79

Team Stats Summary

  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sacks FF
Cleveland 304 98 206 0 1 1 2.0 2
Pittsburgh 416 147 269 2 0 2 3.0 1

Upcoming Games

  • Pittsburgh will play their next game on the road against San Francisco. The Steelers have a W/L % of .769 after a win and .769 after a loss.
  • Cleveland will play their next game on the road against Arizona. The Browns have a W/L % of .308 after a win and .308 after a loss.
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