The Steelers are locked in as the third seed for the AFC, so a few players were “Air Lifted to the Playoffs” as Mike Tomlin put it. No Big Ben, T.J. Watt, Markuice Pouncey, or Cam Heyward. Those are just a few of those who were inactive Sunday against the Browns.
In Cleveland, Mason Rudolph leading the Black and Gold offense. Cleveland starts with the football and on their first series Nick Chubbs goes for 47 yards and the Touchdown to take an early lead. Rookie Chase Claypool had a big game. 5 Receptions for 101 yards and his size is really a problem for those defending him. He’s about 6’5 and 240 pounds. He’s fast and strong. Chris Boswell still out with a groin injury, a perfect day from Mathew Wright. He went 3 for 3 on Field Goals.
Moving on to the second Half, the Browns lead by 1. Baker Mayfield Touchdown to Austin Hooper. Browns now lead 17 to 9. On the Steelers’ next drive, Mason Rudolph was having a good day at 22 of 39 for 315 yards, but Rudolph picked off here by M.J. Stewart. The Browns offense uses that turnover to score another 7 points. Steelers now down 24-9, Rudolph goes deep to Claypool who ties Louis Lipps for most Touchdowns by a Steelers Rookie with 9 this Season. Pittsburgh down 8.
Time running out at 4th and 7 for the Browns and the Steelers hold off Cleveland and take over on downs. They answer back with a Touchdown. This one caught by Juju Smith-Schuster. Steelers go for two to tie the game. Rudolph tries to find Claypool in the endzone, but he can’t reel it in. Cleveland wins by two, but these Teams will meet again next week in the Wild Card round. See video for comments from Sunday’s starting QB Mason Rudolph…