The Pittsburgh Steelers were defeated 29-17 by the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio, dropping their record to 1-2.
The Browns started the game with Nick Chubb setting the tone with a 13-yard burst up for Cleveland’s first drive. However, the first drive ended in a three-and-out after the run, giving the Steelers their first offensive opportunity.
Mitch Trubisky did the same for the opening drive. He worked together with Diontae Johnson for a 13-yard completion, but the offense then went three plays without a completion, resulting in a punt.
On the Browns’ next drive, the Steelers forced a three-and-out, and Miles Killebrew set up the Steelers with great field position by tipping the punt. Starting at the Browns’ 48-yard line, the Steelers managed only 16 yards in four plays. With six minutes left in the first quarter, Chris Boswell missed his first field goal of the game.
The Browns then took their field position as an advantage. It took them seven plays to get to the endzone and score the game’s first touchdown. A fourth-down conversion near midfield and a 36-yard rush by Chubb put them on the verge of victory.
On the next possession, George Pickens made a one-handed catch for 36 yards. Jaylen Warren then humiliated the Browns’ defense for 23 yards before Najee Harris scored on a five-yard run after breaking multiple tackles.
Brissett then threw for 58 yards on the drive, which ended with a six-yard touchdown pass to Davi Njoku. Even though Cade York missed the extra point, the Browns could lead the game 13-7.
Trubisky succeeded in completing several passes to get the offense moving before the running game took over. Harris and Warren combined to gain 40 yards on the ground before Trubisky jumped in for a one-yard touchdown. The first halftime game ended at 14-13 with Pittsburgh leading.
GEORGE PICKENS 😱😱😱
— PFF (@PFF) September 23, 2022
Browns’ second-half comeback
Cleveland regained possession, and their offensive success continued. Brissett cooperated with Cooper for a 32-yard pass over the middle of the field, and the running backs added 39 yards to the drive.
The Browns faced a fourth-and-one at the goal line and, as they had done so many times before, handed the ball to Chubb up the middle. Chubb backed into the endzone after the defense made an initial stop, bringing the score to 23-14.
The Steelers’ defense fought their way to a stop, forcing the Browns to punt with 5:40 left once more, this time with a Trubisky sack at the six-yard line.
The defense stood firm once more, forcing another quick punt. The Steelers drove 63 yards to set up a 35-yard field goal by Chris Boswell. Pittsburgh was left behind 23-17 with 1:48 remaining.
Pickens jumped on the onside kick attempt too early, giving the Browns the ball at the Steelers’ 46-yard line. After three runs, the Steelers stuffed Cleveland on fourth-and-one.
After a punt, the Steelers threw several pitches before Denzel Ward recovered a bad pitch in the endzone, ending the game 29-17. Pittsburgh gained only 54 yards on its first three second-half possessions.
This is the single best catch since OBJ, bar none. Unbelievable on so many levels https://t.co/3M1iPtZouE
— John (@jfamfb) September 23, 2022
Trubisky’s performance against the Browns the night before drew attention. Trubisky appeared to be on the verge of breaking out for the first 30 minutes of the game before stalling after halftime. He moved well throughout the game, and the Steelers led by a point at halftime.
Steelers’ coach Mike Tomlin, on the other hand, intends to keep Trubisky as the starter. Tomlin was asked if he planned on making any significant lineup changes for the next game.
“I’m not in that mindset,” said Tomlin, who was not specifically asked about his quarterbacks. “I’m interested in reviewing this tape and looking at the totality of it and figuring out how we collectively get better. I will answer that question definitely no.”
This angle is wild. Catch of the year so far by George Pickens. pic.twitter.com/B2GGbA2c4l
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) September 23, 2022