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Steelers-Browns highlights, lowlights

November 26, 2012
By Buck Frank ( , The Altoona Mirror

The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers' 20-14 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland:

Play of the game: With 2 minutes, 36 seconds remaining in the game and the Steelers beginning a drive at their own 26-yard line, running back Chris Rainey fumbled the ball after a short reception, and Cleveland's Phil Taylor recovered it to seal the Browns' win.

Offensive player of the game: Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson rushed for 85 yards and one touchdown.

Defensive player of the game: Cleveland linebacker D'Qwell Jackson recorded nine tackles and had one pass defense, forced fumble and fumble recovery.

Most telling statistic: The Steelers committed eight turnovers.

Hidden statistic: The Steelers produced only one drive that netted more than 30 yards.

Best pass: Cleveland rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden fired a 5-yard strike to tight end Jordan Cameron, who had beaten Will Allen and Larry Foote, in the end zone in the second quarter.

Worst pass: Pittsburgh's Charlie Batch had little zip on a third-quarter throw to Plaxico Burress on the right sideline, and Cleveland's Sheldon Brown picked off the pass.

Best run: Rainey was stopped on a run from the Cleveland 1-yard line with less than 10 seconds remaining in the first half, but he stayed up, broke it to the outside and scored.

Best catch: Cleveland tight end Benjamin Watson made a diving 13-yard grab at the Pittsburgh 20 on a third-and-8 pass in the second quarter.

Dropped pass: Burress couldn't haul in the first ball thrown his way.

Best block: Browns tight end Alex Smith took out linebacker Lawrence Timmons on Richardson's 15-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

Missed block: Steelers left guard Doug Legursky, playing for the injured Willie Colon, gave up a sack to Taylor in the third quarter.

Best tackle: Browns defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin stripped Rashard Mendenhall of the ball while bringing him down on a first-quarter carry. Cleveland's Usama Young recovered the ball.

Best hit: Cleveland strong safety T.J. Ward popped the ball loose from Jonathan Dwyer in the second quarter, and Jackson recovered it.

Missed tackle: Browns linebacker Kaluka Maiava didn't wrap up Rainey on his touchdown run.

Best coverage: Cleveland cornerback Joe Haden stayed with Mike Wallace on a deep pass with 3 minutes left in the game and intercepted the ball.

Worst coverage: Allen was beaten by Cameron off the line of scrimmage on his 5-yard TD.

Best kick: Cleveland's Reggie Hodges booted a 35-yard punt that bounced out of bounds at the Pittsburgh 3-yard line with 19 seconds left in the game.

Worst kick: None worth noting.

Best return: Timmons intercepted a deflected ball and raced 53 yards for a touchdown just 1 minute into the game.

Costliest penalty: Near the end of the third quarter, Pittsburgh backup right tackle Kelvin Beachum was called for holding on a second-and-26 pass play that went for 33 yards to Heath Miller. After the penalty, the Steelers faced a second-and-32 from their own 7 and punted two plays later.

Best decision: With 12 seconds left in the first half and the Steelers at the Cleveland 26-yard line, Batch threw deep into the end zone to Burress and got an interference call on Brown. That set up Rainey's touchdown.

Worst decision: The Steelers should not have started Mendenhall. He fumbled on his second carry and set the tone for the game. He finished with 6 yards on four attempts.

Best effort: On Timmons' touchdown, Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel tipped the ball and then delivered a block on center Alex Mack.

Unsung hero: Former Steelers quarterbacks coach Mark Whipple is now the Browns' quarterbacks coach and has helped in Weeden's development. Weeden was 17-of-26 for 158 yards with one touchdown and one interception.

Replays: Neither coach challenged any plays, and no calls were overturned on mandatory reviews or replay assistant challenges. The Steelers were out of timeouts and couldn't challenge a possible fumble by Richardson with a little more than 2 minutes left in the game.

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