Browns Beat the Steelers 14-20; Miracles Really Can Happen in Cleveland

Michael W. Youngman@@MWYoungmanContributor IIINovember 25, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 18: Brandon Weeden #3 of the Cleveland Browns throws a pass under pressure against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on November 18, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. The Cowboys defeated the Browns 23-20. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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On a crisp Sunday afternoon in November, the Cleveland Browns managed to pull of their third win of the season against their bitter rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

This being only their second win against the black and gold in eighteen attempts.

It certainly helped that the Steelers were missing some of their most important starters on both sides of the ball, such as QB Ben Roethlisberger and FS Troy Polamalu.

In addition, eight turnovers by the Steelers offense certainly did not hurt.

But even with the Steelers essentially gift-wrapping the game for the Browns, it was still a tense game to watch.

Why you ask?

Because five of the eight losses that the Browns have suffered this season have come by a touchdown or less. Three of those games were lost after the Browns came into the fourth quarter with a lead.

Does this win mean that the Browns have finally started to turn the corner?

As the youngest team in the NFL, they have certainly shown that they can compete in this league. Finishing off games, however, is a different story.

But not everything was good news on Sunday. Late in the fourth quarter, the Browns starting quarterback, Brandon Weeden, was taken to the locker room after what appeared to be a possible concussion.

With the win against the Steelers, the Browns have now won two games within their own division.

With one more games to be played within the AFC North against the Steelers, the Browns could actually come away with a .500 record within their own division.

Coming up next for the Browns are three teams under .500.

First are the Raiders, followed by the Chiefs and then the Redskins. So, the Browns could be 6-8 before going into Denver on December 23rd.

Believe it or not, it's actually possible for the Browns to wind up 8-8 by the end of the year, which would be their first non-losing season since 2007.

But don't bank on it.