Big Ben Leads Steelers To 21-18 Win Over Browns In Opener

NFL AFC Wild Card Playoff Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers

What it means for the Steelers: The play was Pittsburgh's first blocked punt for a touchdown since 1998.

A 2-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger gave the Steelers a 21-10 lead against the Browns with about six minutes left in the third quarter.

Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer had pulled the Browns within three on a 3-yard TD pass to Corey Coleman followed by a 2-point conversion. Ben Roethlisberger connected with Jesse James for a four-yard touchdown, capping the 91-yard drive, which would send the Steelers into the locker room at halftime up, 14-7. The Browns offense will not be the highest-octane offense the Steelers face, but if it is unable to hold the Browns in check, then the season may be a long one for Butler's unit.

With Pittsburgh needing a big play, Brown delivered one - as usual. As the younger brother of Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, expectations are already sky-high, and he'll inevitably be compared to his older brother, at least at the beginning of his career.

The Steelers began the second half much the way they played the first when they didn't score a touchdown until late. The 1-yard rushing touchdown made the game 7-7. Although Browns linebacker Joe Schobert tipped the pass, Brown stayed focused, caught the ball, turned upfield and gained 50 yards. The formula: Brown (11 catches, 182 yards) single-handedly got the Steelers into the red zone, and James got the scores.

His biggest mistake, though, came in the third quarter when he misread coverage and threw to an area where Watt was waiting. Anthony Chickillo will get the start if Dupree does not play.

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