Cleveland Browns: Three Studs in Victory Over Pittsburgh Steelers

It’s official. The Cleveland Browns have won a playoff game for the first time in a while. On Sunday night, the Browns topped the Pittsburgh Steelers, 48-37, and will visit Kansas City next weekend for a divisional-round matchup.

Kudos to the Browns for showing up and doing what was necessary to win, especially against a division rival who owned them for years.

What players stood out during this road win for Cleveland? Let’s take a look below.

Defense

The Cleveland Browns’ defense took the ball away from the Steelers on numerous occasions and made sure to score points.

Off a bad snap, the Browns were able to get a touchdown, which at the time made it 7-0 orange and brown.

Cleveland also picked off four Ben Roethlisberger passes in the Wild-Card showdown.

Pittsburgh only mustered 10 first-half points.

Steeler back James Conner was held to just 37 rushing yards on 11 carries. The Steelers were forced to throw the ball a ton after being down 28-0 to start the ball game, which definitely hurt Conner’s effectiveness.

Cleveland made plays and got a strong team effort defensively. They came out ready to play.

Baker Mayfield

Mayfield distributed the rock to different receivers and took advantage of a Steeler defense that was forced to have a short rest because the Steeler offense started to score quickly.

Baker completed 21 of 34 passes for 263 yards and three touchdowns. He also didn’t throw an interception.

Nick Chubb tallied 76 yards on the ground and Kareem Hunt chalked up two touchdowns.

Baker connected with tight end Austin Hooper seven times for a total of 46 yards and a score.

Jarvis Landry also had 92 yards and a TD and Chubb had a touchdown reception in the win.

O-line

The Cleveland Browns did not allow a single sack in this game, which is a huge accomplishment.

The Steelers defense was one of the best at taking down the opposing QB this season.

The Browns were missing starting guard Joel Bitonio, but they got an all-around positive contribution collectively from the following players.

  • Jedrick Wills, Jr., Michael Dunn, J.C. Tretter, Wyatt Teller, and Jack Conklin

Final Thoughts

The Cleveland Browns have been building for a playoff win for a long time. They were due for a win like this.

The Dawg Pound deserves to celebrate, but can their team defeat Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs next week?

It will be a tall task, but as we have seen during the early stages of this year’s playoffs, anything can happen.

The Browns will get head coach Kevin Stefanski back next week and possibly Bitonio.

Maybe the Browns go on a magical run or maybe they don’t, but one thing is for sure they are changing the culture, at least for the short-term future of the franchise.

If Cleveland gets by the Chiefs, they would face either Baltimore or Buffalo in the AFC Championship Game.

What do you make of the Browns winning in Pittsburgh? Leave a comment below.

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