Pittsburgh scored first with a field goal but the Browns fired right back. Phil Dawson drilled a 51-yard FG after missing a 39-yard attempt earlier in the quarter.
Josh Gordon fumbled on the Browns' 24-yard line and the Steelers punched in a TD in the waning moments of the half. Ben Roethlisberger hit TE Leonard Pope from 1-yard out after a pass interference call on Eric Hagg put the ball near the goal line.
After the Browns began the half with a three and out, Pat Shurmur rolled the dice and dialed up a fake punt. The next play was a deep shot that was flagged for pass interference. Two plays later, Thad Lewis found Greg Little in the back of the end zone to knot things up at 10.
The Steelers struck right back, methodically driving down the field and finishing with a 9-yard TD connection between Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown. Pittsburgh's drive included 12 plays, amassed 80 yards and burned 6:24 off the clock in the process.
Cleveland had its chance to get back into the game late, though. Thad Lewis connected with Travis Benjamin, but the young WR fumbled after getting back up. Pittsburgh took over inside Browns territory and put Cleveland away.
Joe Haden was beat by Plaxico Burress in the end zone and the Steelers went up 24-10, a score that would hold after a last-ditch comeback attempt by the Browns failed.