For most of the game the Steelers offense showed the same ineptitude they’ve shown all season, until the defense started to create some turnovers.
Here are winners and losers from the game versus the Browns, where the team was able to avoid a losing record on the season.
The Steelers were already without Mike Adams, Ike Taylor, Mike Wallace, Willie Colon, Heath Miller and others when Brett Keisel, Kelvin Beachum, David DeCastro and Keenan Lewis left the game versus the Browns.
Injuries are just a part of the NFL. However, the Steelers always seem to lose key players every single season.
I don’t know if its a case of the team needing to condition better, but something needs to be done better to try and prevent the loss of so many players.
Maurkice Pouncey was a real tough guy out there on the field versus the Browns and was getting into a fight seemingly after every other play.
I’m all for not letting anyone walk over you and standing up for teammates, but Maurkice, and anyone else who was fighting, should grow up and just play.
Maybe if the team had shown that type of passion earlier in the season they wouldn’t have been playing a meaningless Week 17 game.
I might as well rename the loser slides "Todd Haley" because I feel like the embattled offensive coordinator has been here every single week.
Under Haley the offense has shown spurts of doing well. However, far too often the offense looks just plain terrible.
Again the play-calling was questionable at best for most of the game and they were outgained by over 100 yards by the Browns.
Ben Roethlisberger did not have a perfect day versus the Browns, although he did not have a turnover for the first time since he returned from injury.
Ben finished the game 15-of-23 passing with 134 yards and three touchdowns to Antonio Brown, Leonard Pope and Plaxico Burress.
After coming under fire the last few weeks for turning the ball over, it was good to see Ben end the season on a semi-high note, and his final numbers were 26 touchdowns to only eight picks.
Cortez Allen had the game of his life last week versus the Bengals, and that play continued versus the Browns in Week 17.
Allen forced two fumbles in the game, both recovered by the team, and both led to Steelers touchdowns.
If the Steelers can keep Keenan Lewis, they could have a great set of corners next season with Ike Taylor, Lewis and Allen.
This has really been another lost season for Troy Polamalu, but it was nice to see him look like he was finally healthy in the game.
Not that it helps, now that the Steelers were eliminated from the playoffs, but Troy was flying around like his old self versus the Browns and came up with his first pick of the season.
I really do not think Troy is going to retire after this season, and all the Steelers can do is hope he can stay healthy for a full season.
Lawrence Timmons really had a great, under-the-radar season for the Steelers, especially considering all of the injuries suffered by the team.
With the injuries to James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley, the Steelers really struggled to rush the passer this season, and Timmons actually led the team with six sacks on the season.
Other than sacks, Timmons also led the team with three interceptions and had the team's only defensive touchdown of the year.