Roethlisberger, Steelers hold off Browns

Roethlisberger, Steelers hold off Browns

Roethlisberger, Steelers hold off Browns

The Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) beat the Cleveland Browns (0-1) 21-18 in the season opener despite their best effort to give the game away to Cleveland.

Brown also brought in Brock Osweiler, who La Canfora says was a "cancer" in the locker room and added very little to a club that is trying to develop young quarterbacks such as rookie DeShone Kizer and Cody Kessler. They deferred after winning the coin toss, drove the Browns backward on three plays and then blocked a punt by Britton Colquitt.

As the Browns got to the goal line, the rookie quarterback took matters into his own hands, and he followed the charge of the Browns offensive line to power into the end zone on a quarterback sneak to score his first touchdown of his National Football League career. Kizer scored two plays later.

Kizer's throw to Corey Coleman on a quick slant that came on fourth-and-goal at the 3 with less than 4 minutes left to make it 21-16 before Isaiah Crowell ran in for the 2-point try to provide the final margin.

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The Browns cut Haden back on August 30, only to see him sign with the AFC North division-rival Pittsburgh Steelers nearly immediately.

The Browns' offense struggled to move the ball on their first two drives of the game, but on the third, everything clicked, and they drew even with the Pittsburgh Steelers, 7-7, when Kizer rushed for a touchdown with 22 seconds to play in the first quarter.

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On second down at his 11, Roethlisberger fired a pass over the middle that was tipped by linebacker Joe Schoebert and deflected directly to Brown, who caught it and zig-zagged his way for 50 yards. Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell, in his first game after missing the preseason in a contract dispute, carried 10 times for 32 yards. QB Cody Kessler, who is 0-8 as a starter last season with the Browns previous year, was inactive.

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