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Pittsburgh Steelers fend off Cleveland Browns to earn third straight win

Oct 31, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (22) runs with the ball as Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Jordan Elliott (96) and free safety John Johnson (43) defend during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 31, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (22) runs with the ball as Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Jordan Elliott (96) and free safety John Johnson (43) defend during the first half at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Roethlisberger went 22-of-34 passing for 266 yards and a touchdown to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 15-10 road win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.

Diontae Johnson caught six passes for 98 yards and Najee Harris rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries for the Steelers (4-3), who won their third straight.

Baker Mayfield went 20-of-31 passing for 225 yards in defeat for Cleveland (4-4).

Cleveland opened the scoring with 8:12 left in the first quarter on a 30-yard field goal by Chase McLaughlin, but Pittsburgh tied the game at 3-3 with 9:21 remaining in the second quarter on a 31-yard field goal by Chris Boswell.

The score remained that way until the third quarter, when D’Ernest Johnson scored on a 10-yard run with 9:36 remaining in the third to give Cleveland a 10-3 lead.

The score capped off an eight-play, 86-yard drive.

Pittsburgh answered, driving 78 yards in 12 plays and cutting Cleveland’s lead to 10-9 on an 8-yard touchdown run by Harris.

After Boswell left the game with a possible concussion following a fake field goal attempt in the second quarter, the Steelers elected to go for a two-point conversion, but a pass fell incomplete and Cleveland maintained the lead.

The Steelers took a 15-10 lead with 11:04 remaining in the game on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger to Pat Freiermuth, which came on fourth-and-goal and completed a 13-play, 83-yard drive. Pittsburgh again failed on a two-point conversion pass.

Later in the quarter, Cleveland drove to the Pittsburgh 26-yard line, but a fourth-and-12 pass fell incomplete and the Steelers took over on downs.

On second down of the ensuing drive, the Steelers essentially put the game away on a 50-yard pass from Roethlisberger to Johnson down to the Cleveland 22-yard line.

–Field Level Media