Field Level Media
Jan 8, 2023
Najee Harris rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 28-14 home win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
Because of the Miami Dolphins' win over the New York Jets, Pittsburgh (9-8) was still eliminated from playoff contention.
Kenny Pickett completed 13 of 29 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown for the Steelers, who won their final four games to avoid their first losing season under coach Mike Tomlin.
Deshaun Watson went 19-of-29 passing for 230 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for Cleveland (7-10).
Pittsburgh drove 75 yards in 14 plays and took a 28-14 lead with 4:37 remaining following a 1-yard touchdown run by Derek Watt and a two-point conversion pass from Pickett to Diontae Johnson.
The game was scoreless until 6:27 remaining in the second quarter, when the Browns took a 7-0 lead on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Watson to David Njoku to cap off a 10-play, 71-yard drive.
Pittsburgh countered late in the second, tying the game at 7-7 with 1:47 before halftime on a 31-yard touchdown pass from Pickett to George Pickens.
Levi Wallace then intercepted Watson at the Pittsburgh 41-yard line, and the Steelers drove to set up a 49-yard field goal by Chris Boswell for a 10-7 lead with 38 seconds to go.
On the first drive of the second half, Pittsburgh drove the field and had a first down at the Cleveland 11-yard line, but the drive stalled. Boswell came on to hit a 34-yard field goal with 9:04 left in the third to give the Steelers a 13-7 lead.
Following an interception by Damontae Kazee that gave the Steelers the ball at the Cleveland 25-yard line, the Steelers took advantage of the good field position and took a 20-7 lead with 3:12 left in the third on a 4-yard touchdown run by Harris.
Cleveland cut Pittsburgh's lead to 20-14 with 10:20 left in the game on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Watson to Nick Chubb, which completed a 7-play, 77-yard drive.
--Field Level Media