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Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Pick & Prediction JAN 10TH 2021

Complete TV: NBC Heinz Field Pittsburgh
151Browns Cleveland
152Steelers Pittsburgh
OP
46.5
-3.5
CU
47o -105
-6 -115
ML
ML: 200
ML: -240
Partials
2 3 4
28 7 0 13
0 10 13 14
Score
48
37

The visiting Cleveland Browns scored 14 seconds into the game and Kareem Hunt ran for two touchdowns Sunday en route to a 48-37 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in an AFC wild card game.

Cleveland plays Sunday at Kansas City.

The Browns, in their first playoff game since 2002, were without coach Kevin Stefanski, who tested positive for COVID-19, and assorted other coaches and players because of protocol related to the pandemic.

The Steelers won the AFC North but lost four of their final five regular season games following an 11-0 start, including a 24-22 defeat last week against Cleveland when four key starters were rested.

Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield was 21-of-34 passing for 263 yards and touchdowns to Jarvis Landry, Austin Hooper and Nick Chubb as the team notched its first playoff victory since the 1994 season.

Ben Roethlisberger, one of those rested last week, completed 47 of 68 passes for 501 yards, with four touchdowns to Chase Claypool (two), Eric Ebron and Juju Smith-Schuster, and four interceptions. James Connor ran for a touchdown.

The game's first snap, by Pittsburgh Pro Bowler Maurkice Pouncey, went over Roethlisberger's head. Karl Joseph recovered it in the end zone for a 7-0 Cleveland lead.

M.J. Stewart picked off Roethlisberger to set up Landry's 40-yard touchdown catch over the middle to make it 14-0, and Hunt bulled his way in from 11 yards for a 21-0 lead just more than 10 minutes into the contest.

Sheldrick Redwine's interception set up Hunt's 8-yard run touchdown run to push it to 28-0 with 1:56 left in the opening quarter.

Connor's 1-yard scoring run cut it to 28-7 with 1:44 left in the first half, but Cleveland answered with Mayfield finding Hooper from 7 yards to make it 35-7.

Chris Boswell's 49-yard field goal as the half ended left it 35-10.

The Steelers pulled to within 35-16 on Ebron's 17-yard scoring catch and a failed attempt at a two-point conversion with 7:22 left in the third quarter.

On fourth down in the third quarter, Roethlisberger's 5-yard touchdown pass to Smith-Schuster cut it to 35-23, but Chubb countered with a 40-yard touchdown catch to push the margin back to 19.

Claypool's 29-yard scoring catch, and a missed two-point attempt, made it 42-29.

Cody Parkey tacked on field goals of 24 and 37 to make it 48-29.

Claypool's 7-yard touchdown catch and two-point conversion were too little, too late.

--Field Level Media

Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Recap JAN 10TH 2021

James Conner rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown Sunday as the host Pittsburgh Steelers dominated their AFC North rival Cleveland Browns 38-7.

Pittsburgh improved to 5-0 for the first time since 1978 while Cleveland (4-2) had its four-game winning streak snapped.

Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger was 14 of 22 passing for 162 yards, including a scoring pass to James Washington. Chase Claypool and Benny Snell Jr. also each ran for a touchdown. Minkah Fitzpatrick had an interception return for a touchdown.

The Steelers defense dominated throughout. The Browns, who entered as the NFL's top rushing team, were held to just 75 rushing yards and Cleveland was an anemic 1-of-12 on third down conversions.

Cleveland's Baker Mayfield was 10 of 18 for 119 yards, including a touchdown to Rashard Higgins, with two interceptions and four sacks.

Mayfield entered the game with bruised ribs, and that injury seemed to be aggravated when he was hit by Pittsburgh's Cam Heyward late in the first half, but he returned for the third quarter. With the Browns facing a 24-point deficit, Case Keenum came in for the fourth quarter.

Pittsburgh linebacker Devin Bush left in the second quarter because of a knee injury.

The Steelers' opening drive ended with Chris Boswell's 35-yard field goal.

Cleveland's first possession ended with Fitzpatrick's interception of Mayfield's pass over the middle and 33-yard return for a touchdown, giving Pittsburgh a 10-0 lead.

Roethlisberger hit just 2 of 8 passes in the first quarter, but hit 5-for-5 on the first drive in the second, including a 36-yard completion down the left side to Claypool that helped set up Conner's 3-yard scoring run for a 17-0 Pittsburgh lead.

After Cam Sutton picked off Mayfield, Washington was wide open down the right side for a 28-yard touchdown catch for a 24-0 lead.

Cleveland struck with 1:01 left in the first half when Mayfield's 13-yard pass found Higgins alone on the right edge of the end zone, making it 24-7.

In the third quarter, Claypool's 3-yard run to the left pylon gave the Steelers a 31-7 lead and Snell pushed it to 38-7 with a 1-yard walk into the end zone with 8:08 left.

--Field Level Media

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