Steelers lead after three

Posted by Matt Florjancic on January 1, 2012 – 11:35 pm

CLEVELAND — The Pittsburgh Steelers enjoyed a 13-9 lead over the Cleveland Browns after three quarters of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Kicker Phil Dawson made his third field goal of the game — this one from 49 yards — and drew the Browns to within four points of the Steelers with 1:59 remaining in the third quarter.

On the fourth play of the drive, quarterback Seneca Wallace helped set up the field goal with a 20-yard rush from Pittsburgh’s 44-yard line on first-and-10.

Isaac Redman’s seven-yard touchdown run gave the Steelers a 13-6 lead over the Browns with 5:27 remaining in the third quarter.

Redman’s touchdown was his third of the season and helped the Steelers finish a six-play, 43-yard drive which the defense set up.

The Browns faced a third-and-two from their own 42-yard line and Wallace dropped back to pass. Wallace threw the ball to the right of the formation, but Steelers safety Troy Polamalu collected the interception.

Shaun Suisham’s 19-yard field goal cut the Browns’ lead to 6-3 over the Steelers at the end of the first half of play.

Suisham capped off a nine-play, 71-yard drive with the field goal.

Dawson extended Cleveland’s lead to 6-0 over the Steelers with 1:06 remaining in the first half.

Dawson finished an eight-play, 40-yard drive with the 45-yard field goal. The 45-yarder was Dawson’s 275th career field goal.

Earlier in the first half, Dawson gave the Browns a 3-0 lead over the Steelers on a 26-yard field goal with 6:03 left on the second quarter clock.

Dawson kicked the field goal after Wallace’s pass to wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi fell incomplete on third-and-goal from the eight-yard line.

Wallace had the longest play of the drive, a 27-yard run on third-and-two from Pittsburgh’s 31-yard line. After dropping back to pass, Wallace felt the pressure, stepped up in the pocket and outran several Steelers before being tripped up at Pittsburgh’s four-yard line.

The Steelers faced a second-and-five from the Browns’ 37-yard line at the start of the second quarter. They drove down to the Cleveland 14-yard line, but the Browns defense tightened up and prevented their AFC North Division rivals from getting on the scoreboard.

On third-and-five from the 14-yard line, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was forced out of the pocket and rolled to his right, but rookie defensive end Jabaal Sheard was able to track him down and registered a sack for a 13-yard loss. Kicker Shaun Suisham then hooked a 45-yard field goal attempt wide left.

The Steelers and Browns remained scoreless with less than 10 minutes left in the second quarter.

Including today, there was no first quarter scoring in four of the Browns’ eight home games this year. The Browns won two of those first three contests — they defeated the Seattle Seahawks 6-3 on Oct. 23 and the Jacksonville Jaguars 14-10 on Nov. 20.

Cleveland’s only loss after playing a scoreless first quarter came against the Baltimore Ravens, when the team fell 24-10 on Dec. 4.

The Steelers held a 5-0 advantage in first downs and a 62-16 edge in total yards. Pittsburgh owned the lead in time of possession, having held the ball for 10:56, as opposed to just 4:04 for the Browns.


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Dawson hits third FG

Posted by Matt Florjancic on January 1, 2012 – 11:32 pm

CLEVELAND — Kicker Phil Dawson made his third field goal of the game — this one from 49 yards — and drew the Cleveland Browns to within four points of the Pittsburgh Steelers at 13-9 with 1:59 remaining in the third quarter of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

On the fourth play of the drive, quarterback Seneca Wallace helped set up the field goal with a 20-yard rush from Pittsburgh’s 44-yard line on first-and-10.


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Redman finds end zone

Posted by Matt Florjancic on January 1, 2012 – 11:20 pm

CLEVELAND — Isaac Redman’s seven-yard touchdown run gave the Pittsburgh Steelers a 13-6 lead over the Cleveland Browns with 5:27 remaining in the third quarter of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Redman’s touchdown was his third of the season and helped the Steelers finish a six-play, 43-yard drive which the defense set up.

The Browns faced a third-and-two from their own 42-yard line and quarterback Seneca Wallace dropped back to pass. Wallace threw the ball to the right of the formation, but Steelers safety Troy Polamalu collected the interception.


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Suisham ties the game

Posted by Matt Florjancic on January 1, 2012 – 11:04 pm

CLEVELAND — Shaun Suisham’s 29-yard field goal brought the Pittsburgh Steelers into a 6-6 tie with the Cleveland Browns with 9:43 remaining in the third quarter of play from Cleveland Brown Stadium.

Suisham’s second field goal of the game came at the end of a 13-play, 66-yard drive which took 5:17 off the third quarter clock.


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Browns lead at halftime

Posted by Matt Florjancic on January 1, 2012 – 10:54 pm

CLEVELAND — Shaun Suisham’s 19-yard field goal cut the Cleveland Browns’ lead to 6-3 over the Pittsburgh Steelers at the end of the first half of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Suisham capped off a nine-play, 71-yard drive with the field goal.

Kicker Phil Dawson extended Cleveland’s lead to 6-0 over the Steelers with 1:06 remaining in the first half.

Dawson finished an eight-play, 40-yard drive with the 45-yard field goal. The 45-yarder was Dawson’s 275th career field goal.

Earlier in the first half, Dawson gave the Browns a 3-0 lead over the Steelers on a 26-yard field goal with 6:03 left on the second quarter clock.

Dawson kicked the field goal after Seneca Wallace’s pass to wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi fell incomplete on third-and-goal from the eight-yard line.

Wallace had the longest play of the drive, a 27-yard run on third-and-two from Pittsburgh’s 31-yard line. After dropping back to pass, Wallace felt the pressure, stepped up in the pocket and outran several Steelers before being tripped up at Pittsburgh’s four-yard line.

The Steelers faced a second-and-five from the Browns’ 37-yard line at the start of the second quarter. They drove down to the Cleveland 14-yard line, but the Browns defense tightened up and prevented their AFC North Division rivals from getting on the scoreboard.

On third-and-five from the 14-yard line, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was forced out of the pocket and rolled to his right, but rookie defensive end Jabaal Sheard was able to track him down and registered a sack for a 13-yard loss. Kicker Shaun Suisham then hooked a 45-yard field goal attempt wide left.

The Steelers and Browns remained scoreless with less than 10 minutes left in the second quarter.

The two teams played to a scoreless tie in the first quarter of play.

Including today, there was no first quarter scoring in four of the Browns’ eight home games this year. The Browns won two of those first three contests — they defeated the Seattle Seahawks 6-3 on Oct. 23 and the Jacksonville Jaguars 14-10 on Nov. 20.

Cleveland’s only loss after playing a scoreless first quarter came against the Baltimore Ravens, when the team fell 24-10 on Dec. 4.

The Steelers held a 5-0 advantage in first downs and a 62-16 edge in total yards. Pittsburgh owned the lead in time of possession, having held the ball for 10:56, as opposed to just 4:04 for the Browns.


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Dawson continues to amaze with his mastery of the wind

Posted by Matt Florjancic on January 1, 2012 – 10:53 pm

By: Vic Carucci, Senior Editor

Here are some halftime thoughts from the Browns-Steelers game:

–Phil Dawson is amazing. Yes, we’ve seen him hit many a field goal under difficult weather conditions, but he demonstrated once again today that he is at his very best when the circumstances are at their worst. His 45-yard field goal just before the half, to give the Browns a 6-0 lead, was impressive because it cut through the swirling winds that thwarted an earlier field-goal try by Shaun Suisham in the other direction.

–As we discussed before the game, the windy conditions weren’t going to stop the Steelers from taking at least one shot to one of their two game-breaking receivers, Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace. Sure enough, Ben Roethlisberger was able to connect with a wide-open Brown for a 40-yard gain late in the half to set up a 19-yard Suisham field goal to make it 6-3 as time expired in the first half.

–Seneca Wallace’s mobility continues to be the best part of what he has to offer as a quarterback. Any running back would have been proud to have had the 27-yard gain he had to set up Dawson’s first field goal of the game. He showed explosiveness and made an excellent cut to his left at the end before finishing off with a dive.

–Joshua Cribbs made two of the more noteworthy plays of the first half with a tackle on Steelers kickoff return after the Browns’ field goal and back-to-back catches of 23 and 14 yards late in the half to help set up Dawson’s second field goal.

–The Browns started getting a little bit of spark in their running game late in the first half, but they need much more. This game is close enough where the Browns need to continue to keep hammering away to help set up play-action throws and for a possible breakaway run.

–Even on that bad ankle, Ben Roethlisberger continues to show his uncanny knack for feeling the rush. And he has felt plenty of it today. On two occasions, he has managed to get rid of the ball just as he has been hit. The Steelers’ pass protection is flawed enough for the Browns to keep exploiting with straight push from their front four and stunts and games.

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Dawson hits from 45

Posted by Matt Florjancic on January 1, 2012 – 10:31 pm

CLEVELAND — Kicker Phil Dawson extended Cleveland’s lead to 6-0 over the Pittsburgh Steelers with 1:06 remaining in the first half of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Dawson finished an eight-play, 40-yard drive with the 45-yard field goal. The 45-yarder was Dawson’s 275th career field goal.


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Browns take 3-0 lead

Posted by Matt Florjancic on January 1, 2012 – 10:15 pm

CLEVELAND — Kicker Phil Dawson gave the Cleveland Browns a 3-0 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers on a 26-yard field goal with 6:03 remaining in the first half of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Dawson kicked the field goal after Seneca Wallace’s pass to wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi fell incomplete on third-and-goal from the eight-yard line.

Wallace had the longest play of the drive, a 27-yard run on third-and-two from Pittsburgh’s 31-yard line. After dropping back to pass, Wallace felt the pressure, stepped up in the pocket and outran several Steelers before being tripped up at Pittsburgh’s four-yard line.


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Suisham misses wide left

Posted by Matt Florjancic on January 1, 2012 – 10:05 pm

CLEVELAND — The Pittsburgh Steelers had driven down to the Cleveland 14-yard line, but the Browns defense tightened up and prevented their AFC North Division rivals from getting on the scoreboard.

On third-and-five from the 14-yard line, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was forced out of the pocket and rolled to his right, but rookie defensive end Jabaal Sheard was able to track him down and registered a sack for a 13-yard loss. Kicker Shaun Suisham then hooked a 45-yard field goal attempt wide left.

The Steelers and Browns remained scoreless with less than 10 minutes left in the second quarter from Cleveland Browns Stadium.


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Browns, Steelers scoreless after one

Posted by Matt Florjancic on January 1, 2012 – 9:51 pm

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers played to a scoreless tie in the first quarter of play from Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Including today, there was no first quarter scoring in four of the Browns’ eight home games this year. The Browns won two of those first three contests — they defeated the Seattle Seahawks 6-3 on Oct. 23 and the Jacksonville Jaguars 14-10 on Nov. 20.

Cleveland’s only loss after playing a scoreless first quarter came against the Baltimore Ravens, when the team fell 24-10 on Dec. 4.

The Steelers hold a 5-0 advantage in first downs and a 62-16 edge in total yards. Pittsburgh owns the lead in time of possession, having held the ball for 10:56, as opposed to just 4:04 for the Browns.

The Steelers faced a second-and-five from the Browns’ 37-yard line at the start of the second quarter.


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