Browns freeze the Steelers 13-6

Good Morning Sports Fans!

“OMG! Browns win!”

That was a text message I received from my friend Bridget as the Cleveland Browns earned their second victory of the season by topping the Pittsburgh Steelers 13-6. With the loss, the Steelers record moves to 6-7 on the season and may have lost out on their last chance to earn a playoff spot. As a result of believing, great defense and offensive plays, the Cleveland Browns were able to accomplish a feat that seemed impossible a couple weeks ago.

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who had never lost to the Browns going into this game, seemed shaky and uncomfortable throughout the night as the Browns sacked the Findlay, Ohio native eight times. In the first half, the Browns stopped the Steelers from driving down the field by sacking Roethlisberger on third down. Hines Ward, who was questionable that morning, was held to just 21 receiving yards and the Browns defense held the Steelers to 71 yards rushing on the evening.

On the offensive side of the ball, Browns quarterback Brady Quinn did have some bad passes but showed his growing maturity as an NFL quarterback. Quinn was able to drive the Browns to a Phil Dawson field goal in the first quarter and with the help from a Mohammed Massoquoi catch, Dawson was able to split the uprights in the second quarter to put the Browns up 6-0. Later on in the second quarter, with the help of Cribbs in the Wildcat, the Browns were able to drive down the field and eventually reached the endzone with a 10 yard run from Chris Jennings. Both Jennings and Cribbs led the Browns in rushing as Cleveland finished the game with 255 yard total offense.

Going into this game, many of the Browns players who are filling in for starters on injured reserve knew they had nothing to lose by playing fired up. Many of the players the Browns have picked up off waivers or the practice squad know that this is their chance to show the Browns and other NFL scouts they deserve to be in the NFL. Given that opportunity, Browns players on both sides of the football looked fired up and determined to do what many felt was impossible, which was beating the defending Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns were eliminated from playoff contention long before the Steelers were and a lot of the pressure was already off.

As for the Steelers, Pittsburgh’s coaching staff knew this game was going to be important and that playoff hopes were on the line. The Steelers were in risk of not making the playoffs this season and could not afford to suffer another loss. The pressue was on and it showed as the Steelers never looked comfortable out there. Last night’s loss was Pittsburgh’s fifth in a row and like the wind coming through Browns Stadium last night, their playoff hopes may have just blown away.

That’s it for now. Keep it real.

Jeff

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~ by jeffrsabo on December 11, 2009.

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