This was an epic Brownsy game. The Cleveland Browns lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-24, in overtime in the team’s season finale. The game had so many crazy moments for such a meaningless game at the end of the year. Quarterback Robert Griffin III led the Browns through the air, throwing for 232 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. His leading target was receiver Terrelle Pryor, who caught seven passes for 94 yards. This pushed him over 1,000 yards receiving for the season. Running back Isaiah Crowell led the team on the ground, rushing for 152 yards on 19 carries. With the loss, the Browns earned the No. 1 pick in the draft.
The Browns had so many opportunities against a Pittsburgh Steelers team that was sitting all of their offensive stars and rotating a lot of their defensive starters. The Browns quite frankly should have won by a lot, but this loss truly showed how far the team still has to go. The Browns outgained the Steelers by 125 yards, but Cleveland was unable to put Pittsburgh away. The loss caps off a tough and miserable season that saw the team win just one game. This game actually was a microcosm of the season overall. Here is a rundown of the crazy game.
The first quarter saw the Browns completely dominate the Steelers. Cleveland outgained Pittsburgh 94 yards to just three total yards. Steelers quarterback Landry Jones could not do a thing in the quarter, while Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III led one touchdown drive, capping the drive off with his first touchdown pass of the season, this one to rookie tight end Seth DeValve. The Browns led the Steelers after one, 7-0.
The Browns continued to control the game throughout the second quarter. The Browns notched their second touchdown of the game on the team’s first series of the quarter. Griffin threw his second touchdown pass of the game, this time connecting with tight end Gary Barnidge. All was going well for the Browns. But late in the quarter, the Browns committed back-to-back turnovers with the second turnover ending up to be a big momentum changer. The second turnover happened on a bad snap by center Anthony Fabiano, hiking the ball over the head of Griffin and allowing the Steelers defense to recover the ball with just over two minutes left in the half. With the good field position, the Steelers drove 37 yards on seven plays and just a minute and 30 seconds to score their first touchdown of the game. Even with a 150 total yard advantage, the Browns only led at the half, 14-7.
The third quarter was a draw. The Browns looked to make the biggest play of the game, but a very Brownsy thing happened. Browns cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun picked off Jones’s pass and was on his way for a pick six, but he fumbled the ball right before entering the endzone. The ball was recovered by Pittsburgh for a touchback and the Browns missed out on extending the lead. The Browns still led, 14-7, after three quarters.
The fourth quarter was so Browns. The Steelers two consecutive touchdowns in the quarter to take the 21-14 lead with just over five minutes to play. But, the Browns answered with a touchdown drive, ignited by a 67-yard run by running back Isaiah Crowell. Then, the craziness really began. The Browns held the Steelers on the next drive, giving Cleveland the ball with just under two minutes to go. Browns receiver Terrelle Pryor made what looked like the game-winning 43-yard reception to get the team into game-winning field goal position. But, Crowell fumbled on the five-yard line, forcing the game into overtime.
In overtime, the Browns drove all the way down to the two-yard line, but had to settle for a field goal, giving the Steelers a chance to either tie the game at 24 or win it with a touchdown. With their possession, the Steelers drove down the field with relative ease. Behind quarterback Landry Jones, the Steelers won the game on a 26-yard touchdown pass by Jones to receiver Cobi Hamilton. The Browns fall to the Steelers 27-24.
Cleveland finishes the season at 1-15. However, with this loss, the Browns ensured the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft, which is a consolation prize for such a horrible loss and a horrible season. The Browns are on the clock.