The Pittsburgh Steelers did not win the AFC North division with their victory over the Cleveland Browns Sunday afternoon, but they did overcome a 6-0 deficit and a case of the fumbles in the fourth quarter by Isaac Redman.
While the game may not have had much meaning for Cleveland Browns players, they did play with emotion and one of their best efforts of the season.
Unfortunately for the Browns, the Steelers stout defense stymied head coach Pat Shurmur and quarterback Seneca Wallace. Peyton Hillis, playing for a contract, ran the ball hard again for the third straight week. Wide receiver Mohamed Massaqoui had a good showing until the fourth quarter where he forgot how to catch the football.
The defense, despite all the criticism, held the Steelers to 0 points at the half and just 13 by the game's end. Time of possession was heavily skewed in favor of Pittsburgh, yet the Browns had a chance to win the game in the final minute.
Probably the biggest disappointment was the continual struggles of the Browns offense. The play-calling of head coach/offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was unimaginative and predictable throughout the game.
Recent reports have indicated the Browns are on the hunt for an offensive coordinator. That should be music to the ears of reeling Cleveland Browns fans heading into yet another maddening offseason.
The hope remains, as it does in every offseason, that the Browns can rebuild, recover and succeed next year.
Offseason. The best time to be a Browns fan.
Cleveland. Where there's always next year.
Final score: Steelers 13, Browns 9