Keisel’s forced fumble early key for Steelers
PITTSBURGH – The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers’ 20-7 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at Heinz Field:
Play of the game: With the Steelers leading 7-0 and the Browns facing a third and 9 at the Pittsburgh 25-yard line, Pittsburgh defensive end Brett Keisel stripped quarterback Jason Campbell of the ball and linebacker Chris Carter recovered it.
Offensive player of the game: Steelers receiver Antonio Brown caught nine passes for 87 yards. He became the first player in NFL history to go an entire 16-game regular season with at least five receptions and 50 yards in each game.
Defensive player of the game: Pittsburgh linebacker Lawrence Timmons recorded eight tackles, including a sack, and intercepted a pass.
Most telling statistic: The Browns were 0-for-3 on fourth down, all inside Pittsburgh territory.
Hidden statistic: The Browns were within the Steelers’ 33-yard line six different times in the game and scored just 7 points.
Best pass: Campbell dropped one over Steelers safety Will Allen and into the hands of tight end Jordan Cameron for a 21-yard pickup late in the third quarter.
Worst pass: Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger stared too long at Jerricho Cotchery on a first-quarter pass, and Browns linebacker Craig Robertson intercepted it.
Best run: Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell pinballed his way for a 15-yard gain in the second quarter.
Best catch: Cotchery went low to snag a 12-yard pass at the Browns’ 9-yard line on Pittsburgh’s first scoring drive.
Dropped pass: There were several in the game. The most obvious might have been Steelers cornerback Cortez Allen having a sure interception go through his hands near the goal line in the third quarter.
Best block: Browns center Alex Mack cleared a gaping hole for running back Edwin Baker to sprint 20 yards in the first quarter.
Missed block: Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert was pushed around by Billy Winn on a third-down sack of Roethlisberger in the first quarter.
Best tackle: Timmons chased down Baker on a short pass and dropped him for a 1-yard loss in the second quarter.
Best hit: Pittsburgh rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones slammed into Josh Gordon and knocked the ball away on a third-quarter pass.
Missed tackle: Winn could have stopped Bell in the backfield, but Bell eluded him for a 5-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Best coverage: Cortez Allen broke up a third-down pass to Browns wide receiver Brian Tyms in the fourth quarter.
Worst coverage: Cleveland cornerback Buster Skrine allowed Cotchery to go free and score on a 9-yard reception in the first quarter.
Best kick: Pittsburgh’s Shaun Suisham booted four long kickoffs for touchbacks that kept Cleveland from getting good field position.
Worst kick: Cleveland’s Spencer Lanning booted a punt from the Pittsburgh 33 into the end zone for a net of 13 yards late in the second quarter.
Best return: None worth noting.
Costliest penalties: A holding call on Browns left tackle Joe Thomas pushed the Browns out of field-goal range in the second quarter, and a delay-of-game penalty on a fourth-and-1 play in the fourth quarter helped prevent the Browns from scoring after a long drive.
Best decision: Roethlisberger targeted Brown 14 times.
Worst decision: Down 14-0 in the second quarter, the Browns, with just four wins, punted at the Pittsburgh 33.
Best effort: The Steelers’ secondary kept Gordon from becoming a factor until late in the game. Gordon finished with seven receptions for 82 yards but had just one catch for 11 yards until 1:08 remained in the third quarter.
Unsung hero: The Steelers’ Stevenson Sylvester, an inside linebacker, played a lot of snaps at left outside linebacker with Jason Worilds out with an abdominal injury.