PITTSBURGH — With Ben Roethlisberger’s one-yard touchdown pass to tight end Leonard Pope with less than a minute remaining in the first half, the Pittsburgh Steelers held a 10-3 halftime lead over the Cleveland Browns from Heinz Field.
The three-play, 24-yard drive came after Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was stripped of the football following a pass from quarterback Thaddeus Lewis.
Cleveland kicker Phil Dawson converted a 51-yard field goal attempt, which helped the Browns tie the Steelers, at 3-3, with 3:48 remaining in the first half. Dawson’s field goal is tied for the second-longest field goal in Heinz Field history. Former Steelers kicker Jeff Reed set the record with a 52-yarder in 2010.
With the kick, Dawson is now seven of seven on field goals of at least 50 yards this season. He is 13 of 14 from 40 or more and entered the game with an NFL-best 13 field goals from at least 50 yards since the start of the 2011 season.
Dawson’s kick capped off a 10-play, 47-yard drive that lasted 4:05.
Kicker Shaun Suisham’s 41-yard field goal gave the Steelers a 3-0 lead over the Browns with 7:53 remaining in the second quarter of play.
Suisham, now 28 of 31 on field goal attempts this season, capped off a nine-play, 48-yard drive that took 4:52 off the second-quarter clock. The Steelers were forced to attempt a field goal after running back Isaac Redman was stopped for no gain on third-and-three from the Browns’ 23-yard line.
The Browns and Steelers played a scoreless first quarter at Heinz Field. It was the third time this season where the Browns and their opponents played a scoreless first quarter. In the previous two games, the Browns lost at Baltimore, 23-16, but won at Oakland, 20-17.
In the first quarter of his first career NFL start, Lewis completed 7 of 11 attempts for 86 yards with an interception. He has connected four different players, wide receivers Gordon, Greg Little and Travis Benjamin, as well as tight end Benjamin Watson. All except for Watson have a reception of at least 12 yards.
Running back Montario Hardesty gained 20 yards on six carries, and had a long run of 16 yards on the day.
Between Lewis’ passing and Hardesty’s running, the Browns were able to hold the ball for 8:20 in the first quarter.
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