Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

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Shaun Suisham kicked a 41-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Pittsburgh Steelers to the win over the Cleveland Browns.

0:46 | September 7, 2014 | Cleveland Browns, Football, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers

Game Information
Location: Heinz Field Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Attendance: 64,598

PITTSBURGH (AP) Johnny Manziel's time is coming. For now, the most famous backup quarterback in football is merely a student.

Brian Hoyer, the journeyman veteran who beat out the Heisman Trophy winner for the starting job in Cleveland, provided a lesson in resilience on Sunday. Then Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers provided another in how to finish.

Again.

Roethlisberger hit Markus Wheaton twice during a last-gasp drive to set up Shaun Suisham's 41-yard field goal as the Steelers survived 30-27.

"Well, that was exciting, wasn't it?" joked Steelers coach Mike Tomlin.

That's one way of putting it. Another might be harrowing after Pittsburgh let a 24-point lead evaporate.

Still, in the end it was Roethlisberger doing what he always seems to do when he faces the Browns. Roethlisberger improved to 18-1 against Cleveland after one last audible set up Wheaton for a 20-yard gain.

"When (Suisham) lines up to kick it, I was on the sideline like, `This was why we have him,"' Roethlisberger said. "There was never a doubt he was going to make it."

There never is when the Browns (0-1) play in Pittsburgh (1-0). Cleveland hasn't beaten the Steelers on the road in 11 years, though for the first time in a long time the gap in the decidedly one-sided rivalry appears to be narrowing.

Roethlisberger passed for 365 yards and a touchdown, running back Le'Veon Bell had 197 total yards and a score and Antonio Brown caught five passes for 116 yards with a touchdown. Brown added a highly entertaining (if illegal) kick to the face of Cleveland punter Spencer Lanning - and still the Steelers needed every last second to hold off the Browns.

"We can't apologize for the way we win," Roethlisberger said. "We just have to win games."

Cleveland's second-half rally came without receiver Josh Gordon (suspension), running back Ben Tate, who left in the second quarter with a knee injury, and tight end Jordan Cameron (shoulder).

It also came without Manziel. He spent his NFL debut in a baseball cap watching Hoyer nearly engineer one of the unlikeliest upsets since the franchise's reincarnation in 1999.

The northern Ohio native who was nearly out of football when the Steelers gave him a short stint as a backup in 2012 completed 19 of 31 passes for 230 yards and a 9-yard touchdown to Travis Benjamin. That tied the game at 27 with 11:15 to go.

"I told those guys at the end of the game that I'll take that team to the end of the Earth if we're going to fight back like that," Hoyer said.

Scrapping is nothing new to Hoyer, who held off Manziel during an uninspired training camp battle. Coach Mike Pettine promised the well-traveled Hoyer he wouldn't have to spend games looking over his shoulder. Pettine flatly answered "no" when asked if he considered going to Manziel after the Browns fell behind 27-3 at the half.

"The way the game went we just never felt the need for him," Pettine said.

The Browns ditched their methodical attack for an uptempo no-huddle that kept Pittsburgh off-balance. When Tate went to the sideline, rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell provided a jolt.

West darted for 100 yards and Crowell scored a pair of second-half touchdowns as the Browns somehow pulled even.

It just wasn't enough. After sometimes frantic play for the first 50 minutes, both teams squandered chances to take control. Cleveland's last gasp came with a first down its 20 with 1:53 to go. A sack, an incompletion and an ill-advised screen gave the Steelers the ball back at their 43.

Roethlisberger found Wheaton for an 11-yard gain on second down and connected with Wheaton again at the Cleveland 24. Suisham, who signed a contract extension during training camp, smacked the winner down the middle.

Earlier, surrounded by playmakers and emboldened by an expanded no-huddle offense, Roethlisberger passed for 278 yards - including a beautiful 35-yard rainbow touchdown to Brown - in the first 30 minutes as the Steelers raced to the 27-3 halftime lead.

The highlight came on a rollicking punt return by Brown in the second quarter. He tried to leap over Lanning, only to have his cleat smash into Lanning's face. The play drew an unnecessary roughness penalty on Brown - perhaps the first ever by a punt returner - and comic laughter from the sun-splashed crowd delighting in what appeared to be another mauling in a series full of them.

"I tried to get over him," Brown said. "There was no intent to hurt him. It was just a bad outcome of a play."

The penalty hardly stopped the Steelers, who needed two plays to spring Bell for a 38-yard touchdown run that made it 24-3.

NOTES: Cameron caught two passes for 47 yards before aggravating a shoulder injury that has bothered him all summer. ... The Steelers are 11-1 in their last 12 home openers. ... Pittsburgh RB Dri Archer left the game with left knee and ankle injuries and did not return.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Browns Steelers
09:58 Shaun Suisham 36 yd FG 0 3
05:39 Billy Cundiff 39 yd FG 3 3
00:50 LeGarrette Blount 7 yd run (Shaun Suisham kick) 3 10

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Browns Steelers
09:49 Antonio Brown 35 yd pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Shaun Suisham kick) 3 17
07:43 Le'Veon Bell 38 yd run (Shaun Suisham kick) 3 24
00:00 Shaun Suisham 34 yd FG 3 27

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Browns Steelers
13:27 Isaiah Crowell 3 yd run (Billy Cundiff kick) 10 27
09:05 Isaiah Crowell 15 yd run (Billy Cundiff kick) 17 27

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Browns Steelers
14:57 Billy Cundiff 25 yd FG 20 27
11:15 Travis Benjamin 9 yd pass from Brian Hoyer (Billy Cundiff kick) 27 27
00:00 Shaun Suisham 41 yd FG 27 30

Team Stats
  Cleveland Pittsburgh
1st Downs 23 24
Total Yards 389 503
Passing 198 376
Passing Completions/Attempts 18-30 24-35
Yards/Pass 6.0 9.9
Rushing 191 127
Rushing Attempts 31 29
Yards/Rush 6.2 4.4
Turnovers 0 1
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 0 1
Possession 27:33 32:27

Cleveland Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Brian Hoyer 18 30 222 7.4 1 0

Pittsburgh Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Ben Roethlisberger 23 34 365 10.7 1 1
Robert Golden 1 1 25 25.0 0 0

Cleveland Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Terrance West 16 100 6.2 0 29
Ben Tate 6 41 6.8 0 25
Isaiah Crowell 5 32 6.4 2 16
Travis Benjamin 1 10 10.0 0 10
Taylor Gabriel 1 8 8.0 0 8
Ray Agnew 1 2 2.0 0 2
Brian Hoyer 1 -2 -2.0 0 -2

Pittsburgh Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Le'Veon Bell 21 109 5.2 1 38
Ben Roethlisberger 3 8 2.7 0 7
LeGarrette Blount 4 6 1.5 1 7
Dri Archer 1 4 4.0 0 4

Cleveland Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Andrew Hawkins 8 87 10.9 0 25
Jordan Cameron 2 47 23.5 0 47
Jim Dray 2 30 15.0 0 20
Travis Benjamin 2 20 10.0 1 11
Miles Austin 2 20 10.0 0 17
Gary Barnidge 1 13 13.0 0 13
Taylor Gabriel 1 5 5.0 0 5

Pittsburgh Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Antonio Brown 5 116 23.2 1 41
Markus Wheaton 6 97 16.2 0 40
Le'Veon Bell 6 88 14.7 0 30
Justin Brown 3 38 12.7 0 18
Heath Miller 3 26 8.7 0 11
Antwon Blake 1 25 25.0 0 25
Dri Archer 0 0 0.0 0
Will Johnson 0 0 0.0 0
LeGarrette Blount 0 0 0.0 0

Cleveland Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Donte Whitner 13 1 0 0
Justin Gilbert 6 1 0 0
Karlos Dansby 5 1 0 0
Paul Kruger 4 1 1 4
Jabaal Sheard 3 0 1 5
Barkevious Mingo 3 1 0 0
Buster Skrine 3 2 0 0
Tashaun Gipson 2 0 0 0
K'Waun Williams 2 0 0 0
Billy Winn 2 0 0 0
Chris Kirksey 1 0 1 5
Armonty Bryant 1 1 0 0
Joe Haden 1 0 0 0
Ahtyba Rubin 1 1 0 0
Phil Taylor 1 1 0 0
Johnson Bademosi 0 0 0 0
Aaron Berry 0 0 0 0
Jim Dray 0 0 0 0
Jim Leonhard 0 1 0 0
Jordan Poyer 0 0 0 0

Pittsburgh Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Cortez Allen 6 0 0 0
Troy Polamalu 6 5 0 0
Ryan Shazier 5 1 0 0
Jarvis Jones 4 2 1 10
Lawrence Timmons 4 2 0 0
Jason Worilds 3 2 1 8
Cameron Heyward 3 1 1 6
Steve McLendon 3 0 0 0
Mike Mitchell 3 4 0 0
Ike Taylor 2 2 0 0
William Gay 1 0 0 0
Brett Keisel 1 1 0 0
Le'Veon Bell 0 0 0 0
Arthur Moats 0 1 0 0
Sean Spence 0 0 0 0
Cam Thomas 0 1 0 0

Cleveland Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Karlos Dansby 1 0 0

Pittsburgh Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
No interceptions.

Cleveland Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Travis Benjamin 4 85 21.2 0 28

Pittsburgh Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Dri Archer 2 29 14.5 0 17

Cleveland Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Travis Benjamin 1 0 0.0 0 0

Pittsburgh Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Antonio Brown 3 46 15.3 0 36

Cleveland Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Billy Cundiff 2 2 100.0 39

Pittsburgh Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Shaun Suisham 3 3 100.0 41

Cleveland Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Spencer Lanning 7 314 57

Pittsburgh Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Brad Wing 6 262 56