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Steelers Finish Regular Season With 13-9 Win Over Browns

PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) — There was a lot at stake Sunday afternoon as the Steelers marched into Cleveland needing a win and a little bit of help from elsewhere as they closed out the regular season.

While it wasn’t pretty, the Steelers managed a wind-whipped victory as they edged the Browns 13-9 and now head into the postseason. It was the Steelers’ 16th victory in 17 games against the Browns.

Isaac Redman replaced injured starting running back Rashard Mendenhall and scored a touchdown as the Steelers limped into the AFC playoff.

Redman scored on a 7-yard run in the third quarter for the Steelers (12-4), who finished tied with Baltimore for first in the AFC North but lose the tiebreaker because the Ravens beat them twice. Pittsburgh needed to win and hope Cincinnati could knock off the Ravens. However, the Bengals lost 24-16.

Meanwhile, the Steelers had to survive two fumbles by Redman in the second half and then held their breath on the final play when Browns quarterback Seneca Wallace floated a pass into a crowd in the back of the end zone. But Pittsburgh safety Troy Polamalu came over the top and got his hand on the ball before rookie wide receiver Greg Little could grab it, allowing the Steelers to escape.

The Browns (4-12) lost their last six games and nine of 10 under first-year coach Pat Shurmur.

With quarterback Ben Roethlisberger already hobbled by a severely sprained ankle, the Steelers lost Mendenhall with an injured right knee in the first quarter.

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Mendenhall’s status for the postseason is unknown. Redman rushed for 92 yards on 19 carries.

Roethlisberger, barely able to move around in the pocket, went just 23 of 40 for 221 yards but made enough big throws to help him improve to 14-1 in his career against the Browns.

Shaun Suisham made two field goals for the Steelers, who won 12 games for the second year in a row, something they haven’t done since 1978-79. They won the Super Bowl both those years.

Phil Dawson kicked three field goals that accounted for all of Cleveland points.

Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward had five catches and became the eighth player in NFL history to reach 1,000 career catches.

Ward grabbed a shovel pass in the fourth quarter, and although it lost three yards, it got him to the milestone.

Ward and Hall of Famer Jerry Rice are the only players with 1,000 receptions and more than one Super Bowl win. Ward was embraced by his teammates when he came to the sideline after his catch, but it was one of the few things worth celebrating on a sloppy day for the Steelers, who dominated the stat sheet but couldn’t put the Browns away.

Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison was well-behaved.

Harrison, who was suspended for one game for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Browns quarterback Colt McCoy on Dec. 8, had little impact on the game. He was credited with three tackles, but none of them will need to be reviewed by commissioner Roger Goodell.

Mendenhall was hurt on the final play of the first quarter. He got tripped up at the end of a 5-yard run and immediately grabbed his right knee. Mendenall walked slowly to the sideline, slapping hands with some teammates on his way to the bench, where Pittsburgh’s medical staff checked him out before taking him to the locker room for further tests.

Without Mendenhall, the Steelers’ game plan was out the window. And with Roethlisberger slowed by his tender ankle, Pittsburgh had to make due.

With the score tied 6-6 in the third, Polamalu’s interception of Wallace at Cleveland’s 43 set up the Steelers’ go-ahead score.

On 3rd-and-2, Wallace rolled right, and feeling pressure from backup linebacker Jason Worlids, forced a pass to tight end Evan Moore that Polamalu read perfectly and picked off near the sideline.

Roethlisberger completed two passes and the Browns jumped offsides to put it at the 7 before Redman took a handoff right and weaved his way in to make it 13-6.

After getting their first points on Suisham’s 19-yard field goal on the final play before halftime, the Steelers took the kickoff to start the second half and marched deep into Cleveland territory before their drive stalled and Suisham booted a 29-yarder.

Down 6-0 and looking anything but prepared for the postseason, the Steelers finally put together a scoring drive to close the first half.

Roethlisberger hooked up with Antonio Brown for 40 yards and Pittsburgh moved to Cleveland’s 1-yard line with 11 seconds left. But out of timeouts, the Steelers couldn’t risk running the ball — a mistake the Browns made last week — and Roethlisberger threw two incomplete lobs into the end zone before Suisham kicked his 19-yarder.

Earlier, Suisham’s 45-yard attempt was blown wide left by strong gusts off Lake Erie.

The Steelers will take on the Broncos in Denver in the wild card round of the playoffs.

According to NFL.com, the Steelers and Broncos game has been set for 4:30 p.m. on Sunday on KDKA-TV.

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Steelers win, playoffs up next

CLEVELAND — The Steelers tonight won the battle but lost the holiday bauble that would have brought them the gift of a first-round bye and a home playoff game.

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Chalk Talk – vs Rams

Bob Labriola and Tunch Ilkin break down a few of the key plays from the Steelers 27-0 win over the St. Louis Rams

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Steelers at Browns Week 17 Inactives

Pittsburgh: RB Mewelde Moore, WR Arnaz Battle, T Jamon Meredith, G Doug Legursky, DE Al Woods, LB LaMarr Woodley, LB Chris Carter

Cleveland: QB Colt McCoy, WR Rod Windsor, WR Jordan Norwood, T Tony Pashos, C/G Steve Vallos, DT Kiante Tripp, CB James Dockery

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On the Steelers: 2011 defense makes no sense at all

Some of the great mysteries and dichotomies of the Steelers’ 2011 season can be found in the play of their defense. That defense has produced only 33 sacks and 14 turnovers. To compare, they had 48 sacks and 35 turnovers last season. Their four miserable fumble recoveries will set a new franchise low by far unless they gather more than double that today.

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Steelers QB Roethlisberger will play vs. Browns

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will play against the Cleveland Browns Sunday until the game is decided.Roethlisberger, who is nursing a high ankle sprain, sat out last week’s game against the St. Louis Rams. Week 17’s contest could be a crucial game for the Steelers if the Baltimore Ravens lose to the Cincinnati Bengals. Pittsburgh is currently locked into a playoff spot, sitting as a No. 5 seed.Roethlisberger has passed for 3,856 yards, 21 touchdowns and 14 interceptions this season.

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Car Dealership Ups the Ante for Steelers/Browns Matchup

Jason Bridge-USPRESSWIRE

A local Cleveland car dealership has set a lofty goal for their beloved Browns. If the Browns are some-how able to meet this goal, then many people will be starting off the new year pretty well.
What is the lofty goal you ask? A Browns shutout of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The reward? NFL fans who bought a car from December 26th up until New Year’s eve at Bill Doraty’s Kia dealership in Medina, Ohio, will get the car for free. The guys in Vegas have set the odds of a Browns shutout at 5000-1.
This promotion is very similar to the one that a Chicago car dealership offered to it’s customers. Promising free cars if the Bears were able to shutout the Packers on Christmas day, but that really had no chance of happening.
Shutout or no shutout, Cleveland fans will settle for a win over the rival Steelers, who have owned them for quite sometime. The last time Cleveland held Pittsburgh scoreless was back in 1989, with a 51-0 Browns victory.

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BTSC Steelers Six Pack: Clock Ticking on 2011 Edition

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IX – Thankfully the Steelers will enter their second of two matchups with the Cleveland Browns in much better shape injury-wise than they were in the first meeting, as well as when the two old rivals played in October of 1964. Only LaMarr Woodley appears likely to miss the final regular season contest due to injury.

X – If there ever were a week to head out to a watering hole or elsewhere that has Sunday Ticket, this weekend qualifies. Obviously we’d like to be able to watch both the Steelers-Browns game and the RavensBengals matchup concurrently. But from the look of it, not many markets outside of the direct region will see either game, as Denver’s ‘win-and-in’ game against the Chiefs is shown in most markets across the country. Here’s your NFL Week 17 TV Distribution Map.

XIII – Sports Illustrated has filed its Top NFL stories of 2011. There was the lockout, a certain Hall of Fame quarterback that unexpectedly wasn’t able to play a single down, Tebow-mania….any guesses as to what made the list?

XIV – All six of the Steelers Super Bowl trophies will be on display at the Carnegie Science Center through the weekend, including on New Year’s Day. Fun opportunity to check out all the hardware if you’re in or around the PGH area.

XL – For the final time this year, I submitted my responses about the Steelers upcoming game to the National Football Post’s Friday Football Forecast. Many thanks to them for the opportunity to contribute this season.

XLIII – Definitely sounds like Hines Ward is going to get every opportunity in the world to get to 1,000 catches this coming Sunday. He’s five shy heading into the final game of the regular season.


Source: Behind the Steel Curtain


Steelers Playoff Scenarios

Week 17 games will have a big impact on the Steelers’ playoff picture.

Source: Pittsburgh Steelers : News


Starkey: Reliving Steelers’ highs, lows so far

Though their 16-game path varies from year to year, the Steelers typically land in a familiar spot: playoff-bound with a decent chance to win the Super Bowl. What more could you ask for?

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