Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns

PIT
21
CLE
18
FINAL
1234T
PIT 777021
CLE 703818

Game Information
Location: FirstEnergy Stadium Cleveland, Ohio
Attendance: 67,431

CLEVELAND (AP) For Pittsburgh's first road game, Antonio Brown wore a bow tie and purple and black suit embroidered with fire-breathing gold dragons. He completed his outlandish outfit with ruby red-sequined sneakers.

The flashy look was both dazzling and jaw-dropping - just like Brown's game.

The All-Pro wide receiver made a crucial, leaping catch with less than three minutes left and Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes to tight end Jesse James as the Steelers, with minimal help from Le'Veon Bell, opened the season by holding off the Cleveland Browns 21-18 on Sunday.

Roethlisberger improved to 21-2 in his career against the Browns, who led by rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer gave their rivals all they could handle - a positive sign for coach Hue Jackson and Cleveland fans after a horrid 1-15 season.

But the Browns couldn't stop Brown. With the Steelers clinging to their 3-point lead, he somehow caught and held onto Roethlisberger's throw in traffic for a 38-yard gain with 2:26 left to seal Pittsburgh's win. Brown finished with 11 receptions for 182 yards.

"I've watched him make unbelievable plays like that from the stands," said Steelers rookie running back James Conner, who played at Pitt and grew up rooting for Pittsburgh. "So to be out there with him when he does it is crazy. He's an amazing football player."

Kizer, who ran for a TD and threw a scoring a scoring in an impressive debut, had pulled the Browns within three on a 3-yard TD pass to Corey Coleman followed by a 2-point conversion with 3:36 left.

With Pittsburgh needing a big play, Brown delivered one - as usual.

Roethlisberger rolled left to buy some time and lobbed his deep pass near Pittsburgh's sideline toward Brown, who went up over defensive back Jason McCourty and hauled in the game's biggest catch. Jackson challenged the call, but it held up after a video review and the Steelers improved to 32-6 against the Browns since 1999.

"It's not our first rodeo," said Roethlisberger, who passes for 263 yards. "I see AB go and I'm going to take that shot. I've got all the trust in the world in him, he's got it in me. I don't think there are any two guys who have worked together more than him and I do.

"So, it's fun to watch him play and be on the same team with him."

The Browns have lost 13 straight openers, but they showed some promise, especially with Kizer and a vastly improved defense that played well despite not having top overall pick Myles Garrett, who injured his ankle earlier this week.

Bell, who skipped training camp in a contract dispute, ran tentatively and gained just 32 yards on 10 carries. He rejoined his teammates last week and signed his $12.1 million franchise tag, far less than he feels he deserves.

MORE WATTAGE

The Steelers sacked Kizer seven times, two by rookie T.J. Watt, the younger brother of Houston star J.J. Watt. The first-round pick also had an interception in a memorable debut.

With the Browns driving late in the third, Watt picked off Kizer.

"I was dropping back in coverage and it came right to me," Watt said. "Once I caught it, I just tried not to fumble it."

HADEN'S HOMECOMING

Steelers CB Joe Haden began the day looking for the visitors' locker room. He ended it holding the game ball.

Released recently by Cleveland, Haden faced the team he played with for seven seasons. He exchanged jerseys with Browns LB Christian Kirksey at midfield following the game and got some good-natured kidding by his new teammates for finally winning an opener.

Haden said he doesn't hold a grudge with Jackson.

"Me and the coach have a really good relationship. "It's strong."

PREGAME UNITY

In a show of unity, the Browns ran from their tunnel and onto the field before the game accompanied by Cleveland police officers, firefighters, military personnel and emergency workers.

After being criticized for kneeling in prayer during the national anthem before an exhibition, several Browns players, who felt their gesture had been misinterpreted, met with owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam to discuss ways to help Cleveland - and the nation - heal during a time of division. As part of better connecting to the community, the Browns asked to be joined by the public servants.

They all stood together for the national anthem and were joined on the sideline by the Haslams and Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams.

"We love our police department and our military and everything they do for us, and we respect what they do," Jackson said. "We showed that today, and we showed that we are all together in this."

UP NEXT:

Steelers: Host Minnesota on Sunday.

Browns: Travel to Baltimore on Sunday.

---

For more NFL coverage: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP-NFL

Share
1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Steelers Browns
12:44 Anthony Chickillo 0 yd blocked punt return (Chris Boswell kick) 7 0
00:22 DeShone Kizer 1 yd run (Zane Gonzalez kick) 7 7

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Steelers Browns
00:45 Jesse James 4 yd pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Chris Boswell kick) 14 7

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Steelers Browns
09:27 Zane Gonzalez 24 yd FG 14 10
05:37 Jesse James 2 yd pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Chris Boswell kick) 21 10

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail Steelers Browns
03:36 Corey Coleman 3 yd pass from DeShone Kizer (Isaiah Crowell 2pt Rush) 21 18

Team Stats
  Pittsburgh Cleveland
1st Downs 16 20
Total Yards 290 237
Passing 255 180
Passing Completions/Attempts 24-36 20-30
Yards/Pass 6.9 4.9
Rushing 35 57
Rushing Attempts 17 25
Yards/Rush 2.1 2.3
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles Lost 0 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 1
Possession 28:50 31:10

Pittsburgh Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Ben Roethlisberger 24 36 263 7.3 2 1

Cleveland Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
DeShone Kizer 20 30 222 7.4 1 1

Pittsburgh Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Le'Veon Bell 10 32 3.2 0 15
James Conner 4 11 2.8 0 5
Ben Roethlisberger 3 -8 -2.7 0 -1

Cleveland Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Isaiah Crowell 17 33 1.9 0 6
DeShone Kizer 5 17 3.4 1 11
Matthew Dayes 3 7 2.3 0 3

Pittsburgh Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Antonio Brown 11 182 16.6 0 50
Jesse James 6 41 6.8 2 19
Le'Veon Bell 3 15 5.0 0 10
Martavis Bryant 2 14 7.0 0 14
Eli Rogers 2 11 5.5 0 9
Vance McDonald 0 0 0.0 0

Cleveland Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Corey Coleman 5 53 10.6 1 23
Seth DeValve 4 42 10.5 0 21
Isaiah Crowell 2 33 16.5 0 23
Ricardo Louis 2 32 16.0 0 29
Duke Johnson Jr. 2 20 10.0 0 14
David Njoku 2 20 10.0 0 13
Kenny Britt 1 13 13.0 0 13
Matthew Dayes 2 9 4.5 0 8
Kasen Williams 0 0 0.0 0

Pittsburgh Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
T.J. Watt 5 1 2 11
Anthony Chickillo 4 2 2 15
Joe Haden 4 2 1 3
William Gay 4 1 0 0
Ryan Shazier 4 3 0 0
Vince Williams 4 1 0 0
Javon Hargrave 3 0 1 9
Sean Davis 3 0 0 0
Tyson Alualu 2 3 0 0
Artie Burns 2 1 0 0
Mike Hilton 2 0 0 0
Cameron Heyward 1 2 1 4
Mike Mitchell 1 1 0 0
Stephon Tuitt 1 0 0 0
J.J. Wilcox 1 1 0 0
Kameron Canaday 0 0 0 0
L.J. Fort 0 0 0 0
Darrius Heyward-Bey 0 0 0 0
JuJu Smith-Schuster 0 0 0 0
L.T. Walton 0 1 0 0

Cleveland Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Jabrill Peppers 4 0 0 0
Joe Schobert 4 5 0 0
Jamar Taylor 3 3 0 0
Jamie Collins Sr. 2 2 0 0
Derrick Kindred 2 1 0 0
Christian Kirksey 2 3 0 0
Jason McCourty 2 1 0 0
Larry Ogunjobi 2 2 0 0
Carl Nassib 1 1 1 8
Briean Boddy-Calhoun 1 2 0 0
Trevon Coley 1 0 0 0
Emmanuel Ogbah 1 0 0 0
Danny Shelton 1 0 0 0
Dominique Alexander 0 0 0 0
B.J. Bello 0 0 0 0
Joel Bitonio 0 0 0 0
James Burgess 0 0 0 0
Matthew Dayes 0 0 0 0

Pittsburgh Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
T.J. Watt 1 17 0

Cleveland Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Derrick Kindred 1 30 0

Pittsburgh Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
JuJu Smith-Schuster 1 4 4.0 0 4

Cleveland Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jabrill Peppers 1 14 14.0 0 14

Pittsburgh Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Eli Rogers 3 32 10.7 0 13

Cleveland Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Jabrill Peppers 3 34 11.3 0 25

Pittsburgh Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
No kicking stats.

Cleveland Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Zane Gonzalez 1 1 100.0 24

Pittsburgh Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Jordan Berry 6 275 59

Cleveland Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Britton Colquitt 5 242 61