Steelers 28, Browns 10

Posted by Matt Florjancic on October 10, 2010 – 4:52 pm

PITTSBURGH, PA—It was a game of firsts for both the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers when the two teams met at Heinz Field on Sunday afternoon. The Browns fell 28-10 to the Steelers, who welcomed quarterback Ben Roethlisberger back to the field after he served a four-game suspension.

Roethlisberger went 16-of-27 for 257 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in his return to the NFL. He concluded all scoring with a 14-yard touchdown pass to tight end Heath Miller.

While it was the first game of the season for Roethlisberger, Sunday’s match-up was the first start in the career of NFL rookie quarterback Colt McCoy. In his debut game, the University of Texas product completed 23-of-33 passes for 281 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

McCoy’s lone touchdown pass of the game was a 12-yarder to tight end Benjamin Watson. It cut into the Steelers’ 18-point lead. Pittsburgh recovered the ensuing onside kick.

Third-year Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall made it a three-score game when he scored from two yards away. The drive lasted only four plays and 13 yards after Browns returner Chansi Stuckey fumbled a punt.

Stuckey was in for Joshua Cribbs, who was one of two Browns wide receivers knocked out of the game by Steelers linebacker James Harrison. Mohamed Massaquoi was also knocked out of the game on a hit by Harrison.

The Steelers took a 14-3 lead into the fourth quarter after Hines Ward’s eight-yard touchdown reception from Roethlisberger. With the catch, Ward became took over second place all-time in Steelers history with 81 career touchdowns and moved into a fourth-place tie with Hall of Famer Art Monk with at least one reception in 183 straight games.

The touchdown was set up by two big pass plays from Roethlisberger. After the Browns downed a punt at the Steelers’ four-yard line, Roethlisberger dropped back and fired a 50-yard pass to Mike Wallace. On the next snap, Roethlisberger found Miller for a 36-yard reception.

The Steelers’ lone score of the first half came on a 29-yard touchdown pass from Roethlisberger to Wallace.

The Browns took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter when Phil Dawson connected on a 39-yard field goal with 1:51 remaining in the period.

Dawson, the most accurate field goal kicker in team history, now has 235 field goals for his career, one more than Pro Football Hall of Famer, the late Lou Groza. His kick capped a drive that was created by Joe Haden’s first career interception and subsequent 62-yard return.

Steelers increase lead over Browns

PITTSBURGH, PA—Pittsburgh Steelers Rashard Mendenhall capped off a four-play, 13-yard drive with a two-yard touchdown run with 5:50 remaining in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Browns at Heinz Field.

The drive was set up by Chansi Stuckey’s fumbled punt on a fair catch attempt.

Browns trail 14-3 after three

PITTSBURGH, PA—With Hines Ward’s eight-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, he gave the Pittsburgh Steelers a 14-3 lead over the Browns which they took into the fourth quarter at Heinz Field Sunday afternoon.

Ward has five catches for 54 yards and one touchdown. He is now second all-time in Steelers history with 81 career touchdowns and moved into a fourth-place tie with Hall of Famer Art Monk with at least one reception in 183 straight games.

The touchdown was set up by two big pass plays from Ben Roethlisberger. After the Browns downed a punt at the Steelers’ four-yard line, Roethlisberger dropped back and fired a 50-yard pass to Mike Wallace. On the next snap, Roethlisberger found tight end Heath Miller for a 36-yard reception.

Early on in the third quarter, the Browns and Steelers traded field position with neither team establishing dominance. The Browns kicked away to the Steelers, who marched from their 27-yard line to the Browns’ 45 before having to punt the football.

On the ensuing drive after the defensive stand, the Browns had a ten-play drive stall at Pittsburgh

Massaquoi out for game

PITTSBURGH, PA—Second-year Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi is out for the rest of the game with a head injury.

Masssaquoi was hit by Pittsburgh Steelers James Harrison on a first-and-ten play from the Browns’ 44-yard line on the first play following the two-minute warning. Massaquoi was set to catch a pass in the left flat before being met by Harrison. It was the second time the Browns lost a wide receiver for the game as a result of a hit from Harrison.

Browns trail 7-3 at halftime

PITTSBURGH, PA—The Browns trail the Steelers 7-3 at halftime at Heinz Field this afternoon.

The Steelers’ lone score of the day came on a 29-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to second-year wide receiver Mike Wallace. The touchdown is Roethlisberger’s first of the season after he made his return from suspension on Sunday afternoon.

The Browns took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter when Phil Dawson connected on a 39-yard field goal with 1:51 remaining in the period.

In his NFL debut, Browns rookie quarterback Colt McCoy is 6-of-9 for 67 yards with an interception. He has connected with four different receivers, including Peyton Hillis three times for 31 yards.

Hillis had 33 yards rushing on nine carries.

Roethlisberger is 7-of-11 for 80 yards with one touchdown and one interception through the first half. Running back Rashard Mendenhall has 53 yards on 12 carries and Wallace leads all receivers with two catches for 40 yards and the touchdown.

Cribbs done for the day

Browns kick returner Joshua Cribbs was injured on what appeared on replay to be a helmet-to-helmet hit from Steelers linebacker James Harrison and has been ruled out for the remainder of the game.

Steelers take 7-3 lead

In response to the Browns opening up the scoring with a 39-yard field goal, the Pittsburgh Steelers marched 81 yards on 11 plays and took 6:11 off the clock before Ben Roethlisberger found Mike Wallace open in the end zone for a 29-yard touchdown reception.

The Steelers hold a 7-3 lead over the Browns with 10:40 remaining in the second quarter from Heinz Field.

Dawson makes history

With a 39-yard field goal at the 1:51 mark of the first quarter, Browns kicker Phil Dawson gave the Browns a 3-0 lead and broke the team’s all-time field goals record.

Dawson, the most accurate field goal kicker in team history, now has 235 field goals for his career, one more than Pro Football Hall of Famer, the late Lou Groza. His kick capped a drive that was created by Joe Haden’s first career interception.

Haden gets first INT

The Browns’ defense came up with an interception of Ben Roethlisberger in the red zone when rookie Joe Haden jumped the route and returned in 62 yards.

McCoy’s first drive

The Browns won the coin toss and after Joshua Cribbs returned the ball from the eight to the 35-yard line, quarterback Colt McCoy stepped onto the field for his first start.

He connected on his first NFL pass, an eight-yarder to Brian Robiskie. McCoy continued to move the Browns down the field and into Pittsburgh territory before he was sacked and then intercepted on back-to-back plays.

Pregame Festivities

The Steelers and Browns have been introduced to the Terrible Towel-waving crowd at Heinz Field. The captains will be called to the field shortly for the coin toss.

The National Anthem was sung by Chris Young.


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