CLEVELAND — Courtesy of a third-quarter touchdown run from Trent Richardson, the Cleveland Browns took a 20-14 lead over the Pittsburgh Steelers into the fourth quarter of play at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
The Browns took their second lead over the Steelers when Richardson rushed for a 15-yard touchdown at the 5:19 mark of the third quarter. The touchdown was Richardson’s sixth rushing score of the season. His run finished a three-play, 31-yard drive that was set up by a Pittsburgh turnover.
On their second possession of the third quarter, the Steelers faced a third-and-six from their own 19-yard line. Quarterback Charlie Batch dropped back to pass to veteran wide receiver Plaxico Burress when defensive back Sheldon Brown jumped the route and collected the interception, the Browns’ fourth forced turnover of the game.
A late touchdown run put the Steelers in front of the Browns, 14-13, at halftime.
Running back Chris Rainey scored on a one-yard touchdown run and put the Pittsburgh Steelers back in front of the Browns, 14-13, with one second remaining in the first half. Rainey’s touchdown finished off a nine-play, 84-yard drive.
Cleveland tight end Jordan Cameron caught a five-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brandon Weeden on a third-and-goal play and put the Browns in front of the Steelers, 10-7, with 12:20 left to play in the first half.
The Browns’ touchdown was the first given up by the Steelers in their opponents’ last 29 offensive possessions.
The defense set up the Browns with a first-and-goal when it forced the Steelers’ second turnover of the game.
On third-and-19 from their five-yard line, the Steelers called for running back Isaac Redman to run the ball, but he was stopped at the line of scrimmage and stripped of the football by Browns defensive end Juqua Parker. Defensive back Buster Skrine came up with the fumble recovery, his first of the season.
On the strength of a defensive score, the Steelers held 7-3 lead over the Browns in Sunday’s AFC North Division game.
Pittsburgh linebacker Lawrence Timmons returned a Weeden interception 53 yards for a touchdown, which gave the Steelers a 7-0 lead over the Browns with 13:49 remaining in the first quarter.
Timmons caught the ball after defensive lineman Brett Keisel batted it at the line of scrimmage. The third-down pass was intended for wide receiver Greg Little on a drag route over the middle of the field.
Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson converted a 28-yard field goal attempt and drew the Browns to within three points of the Steelers, 7-3, with 8:25 left in the first quarter.
The drive, which lasted seven plays and travelled 33 yards, was set up by the Browns defense.
After the team punted to the Steelers following its second possession, Cleveland defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin forced the football loose from running back Rashard Mendenhall and defensive back Usama Young recovered at Pittsburgh’s 44-yard line. An official review of the play upheld the call on the field.
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