The Pittsburgh Steelers attempted it Thursday night in Cleveland, according to Al Michaels, the classic Stanford band play. With a few seconds left, Mitch Trubisky made a pass, and the laterals began to regress.
Browns defeat Steelers thanks to a last-second wild touchdown
The Browns’ Denzel Ward recovered the fumble for 6 points, bringing the score to 29-17 after everything was said and done. The football was in the end zone.
In case you were wondering, neither the already-met over/under total of 37.5 nor the spread, Cleveland -3.5, were affected by the final touchdown.
Cleveland Browns exorcise demons from the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth quarter to take the lead in the AFC North.
In their 29-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night, the Browns overcame many obstacles.
They competed against the Steelers, a long-time foe. They were facing a fourth-quarter lead of two scores. Even so, there was another onside kick.
They did not blow a two-score lead in the fourth quarter this time, in contrast to each of the previous two games. They prevented an onside kick from being recovered.
They also avoided losing to the Steelers, which has happened frequently since their return to the league in 1999. Instead, the Browns overcame their humiliating loss to the New York Jets on Sunday to defeat Pittsburgh and secure at least a tie for first place in the AFC North after three games.
Early in the fourth quarter, Cleveland had a nine-point lead, making the score 29-14. With 1:57 left, Pittsburgh managed to cut the deficit to 23-17.
The onside kick was then swatted out of bounds by Anthony Schwartz. This is true even though the Steelers helped make the play offsides, which gave the ball back to the Browns.
Nick Chubb wasted little time in showcasing his superhuman abilities. He broke off a 13-yard run on his second carry, finishing it off by leaping over a diving Steeler defender.
Chubb then provided the opening score for the Browns with a run of 36 yards that had the potential to go into the end zone. But at the Steeler 12, his teammate Donovan Peoples-Jones appeared to drag him down.
With two plays left, Cleveland was up 7-0 when Jacoby Brissett connected with Amari Cooper for an 11-yard touchdown pass between Terrell Edmunds and Pittsburgh’s Minkah Fitzpatrick.
Prior to the game, the Steelers’ deep passing game had been virtually nonexistent. But what brought them back to parity was Mitch Trubisky’s second deep ball of the game and George Pickens’ highlight-reel reception.
Pickens pulled in a one-handed catch as he was tumbling down at the Browns 18 while being closely defended by fellow rookie Martin Emerson Jr. Two plays after the 36-yard gain, Najee Harris scored from five yards out to tie the score at seven on the first play of the second quarter.
In the passing game during the first two games, the Browns’ use of tight end David Njoku had raised some concerns. This did not apply to Pittsburgh.
Njoku made a 13-yard catch on third-and-4 from the Cleveland 27 to stop the Browns’ second scoring drive of the first half. As a result of his running out of bounds and being the first to touch the ball earlier in the play, a long completion to Cooper was called back due to an illegal-touching penalty.
On the drive, Njoku added two more catches for a total of 16 yards. With 8:58 left, the Browns led 13-7 thanks to a touchdown reception of 7 yards at the back of the end zone.
Njoku caught passes for 35 yards on the first three plays of the following series as well. He would receive seven targets and catch them all for 69 first-half yards.
Njoku has nine catches for 89 yards in total.
Both teams’ kickers found the west end of the stadium to be an adventure in the first half. Due to a strong breeze at that end, both kicks were missed.
On his team’s second possession, Chris Boswell of Pittsburgh missed a 49-yard field goal wide right. In the meantime, Cade York’s second point-after attempt of the game struck the upright, maintaining the Browns’ advantage at 13-7.
In order to gain a 14-13 lead in the second quarter, Pittsburgh switched to their traditional Steeler offensive. The 10-play, 75-yard drive had eight rushing plays, one of which ended with a recovered fumble that gained 51 yards.
Trubisky’s one-yard run for the Steelers was the drive’s winning play. Pittsburgh’s lone lead of the game came from Boswell’s extra point.
Linebacker and co-captain Anthony Walker Jr. sustained a left knee injury in the third quarter, leaving the Browns with a huge loss. Right tackle Chukwuma Okorafor of the Steelers appears to have stepped on his lower leg.
Okorafor was flagged for an ineligible man downfield on the play, adding insult to injury.
During the same series, defensive tackle Taven Bryan and linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah both sustained hamstring injuries. They neither came back.
Between the final minutes of Sunday’s loss to the Jets and Thursday’s second score for the Browns, York missed two opportunities. He was able to atone in a way with 2:34 remaining in the third quarter.
In order to give Cleveland a 16-14 lead, York kicked his sixth field goal of the year from 34 yards out.
Some people criticized Nick Chubb for scoring with 1:55 left in the game on Sunday to give the Browns a two-score lead. On Thursday night, Chubb gave Cleveland a two-score lead once more, and this time there was no question as to why he would act in this manner.
The Browns faced a fourth-and-goal situation from the Pittsburgh 1 with 9:29 remaining in the contest. Chubb received the kickoff, leaped into the air, and spun into the end zone for a touchdown, giving his team a 23-14 advantage.
To benefit the Browns, linebacker Jacob Phillips produced two crucial defensive plays late in the game. With just under five minutes left, he successfully sacked Trubisky on third-and-3 for Pittsburgh at its own 13 to force a punt.
On the following drive’s third down, Phillips intercepted a pass intended for Pat Freiermuth. With 1:48 left, the Steelers would settle for a 34-yard field goal from Boswell to go within 23-17.
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