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Browns end long drought, get Steelers in playoffs

CLEVELAND — Squeezing the game ball in his left hand, Baker Mayfield looked at the giant scoreboard showing highlights of Cleveland’s glory days. In the stands, masked fans hugged, high-fived and took one last look at the final score — Cleveland 24, Pittsburgh 22 — just to make ...

QB Rudolph displays poise in return

Mason Rudolph found closure, it seems, with Myles Garrett in his return to Cleveland. The Pittsburgh Steelers backup quarterback may have found a longer-term future in the NFL, too. There was no brawl this time. No avalanche of mistakes. Nothing but four quarters of competent and occasionally ...

Team MVP in running for NFL top defensive player

PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin has a theory on what makes Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt go. “T.J. is visiting from another planet, to be quite honest with you,” the longtime Pittsburgh head coach said this week when asked about Watt’s spectacular 2020. Technically, the youngest ...

Garrett, Rudolph not rehashing brawl

PITTSBURGH — The scene is forever ingrained in whatever becomes of Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph’s respective NFL careers. Thirteen months removed from the ugly brawl in Cleveland that both players have painstakingly tried to move past, their paths will cross again on Sunday. Rudolph ...

Browns can cap revival

CLEVELAND — One win separates the Browns from completing their turnaround. All it’s going to take for them to make the playoffs for the first time since 2002 and end the NFL’s longest postseason drought, return to relevance, and post their most wins in the regular season since 1994, is ...

Steelers at Browns

Records: Pittsburgh (12-3); Cleveland (10-5) TV: Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS Opening line: Browns by 10 Record vs. spread: Steelers 9-6; Browns 6-9 Series record: Steelers lead 77-59-1 Last meeting: Steelers beat Browns 38-7 on Oct. 18 in Pittsburgh Last week: Steelers beat Colts 28-24; ...

Rookie receiver taking success in stride

PITTSBURGH — The initial splash Chase Claypool made quickly turned into a tidal wave, one opposing defenses could no longer ignore. Scoring four touchdowns in your fourth game in the NFL has a tendency to do that. Yet the Pittsburgh Steelers rookie wide receiver has tried to stay the ...

Browns still confident despite disruptions

CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield spent time in Zoom meetings, checked his phone frequently and waited for word on when to report for practice. In 2020, that’s considered a normal Wednesday for an NFL player. However, this is anything but a normal week for the Browns. With a ...

Big Ben will sit on Sunday against Browns

Up next When: Pittsburgh at Cleveland, Sunday, 1 p.m. Records: Steelers (12-3); Browns (10-5) TV: CBS Line: Steelers are 7.5-point underdogs By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers are going to let Ben Roethlisberger rest up for the ...

Browns add 2 to COVID list

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — With their biggest game in years just days away, the Cleveland Browns added two more players to their lengthy COVID-19 list. Starting safety Andrew Sendejo and rookie tight end Harrison Bryant were placed on the list Tuesday, giving Cleveland eight players ...

Steelers get breather after clinching division

PITTSBURGH — This time, JuJu Smith-Schuster saved his dancing for the locker room. The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver who drew the ire of opponents and an admonition from head coach Mike Tomlin recently for TikToking his moves on the midfield logo during warmups celebrated the end of a ...

Huge comeback clinches division for Steelers

PITTSBURGH — Their once-promising season on the brink of a full-out collapse, the Pittsburgh Steelers headed to the locker room for halftime at Heinz Field on Sunday still searching for the team that began the season with 11 straight victories. Ben Roethlisberger believed it was still in ...

Colts’ path gets more complicated

PITTSBURGH — For more than 40 minutes, things came easily for the Indianapolis Colts. The defense overwhelmed Pittsburgh’s lifeless offense. Rookie running back Jonathan Taylor twice violently churned his way into the end zone. Philip Rivers found receivers running free all over Heinz ...

Steelers heading the wrong way

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger doesn’t want to talk about the end, whenever it might come. There’s too much to worry about in the present for the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback to look too far down the road. It’s why Roethlisberger called a players-only meeting — over Zoom of ...

AP: Steelers’ losing ways likely to continue

The sky is falling in the Steel City. Look for the Steelers’ losing streak to reach four against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. Colts, 19-17. Elsewhere: No. 2 Buffalo (-5) at No. 19 New England, Monday night: The Bills’ chance to further erase some of that recent ugly history vs. ...

Colts at Steelers

Records: Indianapolis (10-4); Pittsburgh (11-3) Kickoff: Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS Opening line: Steelers by 3 Record vs. spread: Colts 8-6; Steelers 8-6 Series record: Steelers lead 24-6 Last meeting: Steelers beat Colts 26-24 on Nov. 3, 2019 in Pittsburgh Last week: Colts beat Texans ...

Roethlisberger shoulders the blame

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger, the father of three young children, used a very father of three young children word to describe why he’s come under such heavy criticism during the Pittsburgh Steelers’ three-game losing streak. “When you play like poo, you should get talked about like ...

Steelers facing uncertainty in final weeks

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Mike Tomlin, to borrow a phrase, trusts the process. So does Ben Roethlisberger and everyone else on the Pittsburgh Steelers. Yet trusting the reeling AFC North leaders will get things turned around following a third straight loss — ...

Browns close in on playoff spot

The Associated Press The Cleveland Browns’ lengthy playoff drought is nearly over. The Browns, who have reached 10 wins for the first time since 2007, can clinch their first playoff spot since 2002 with a victory Sunday at the New York Jets and a loss by any of the following teams: the ...

Pittsburgh drops third game in a row, this time to 3-10-1 Bengals

By Mitch Stacy The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Giovani Bernard scored two first-half touchdowns after turnovers and the Cincinnati Bengals held on to stun the badly slumping Pittsburgh Steelers 27-17 on Monday night. The Bengals led 17-0 at halftime and survived a rally by the ...