Myles Garrett Calls Browns' Playoff Win over Steelers 'Poetic Justice'

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJanuary 11, 2021

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) reacts as he walks off the field after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 48-37 during an NFL wild-card playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Justin Berl)
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In Myles Garrett's first NFL season, he had to endure just the second 0-16 campaign in NFL history. On the heels of helping the Browns earn their first playoff victory since 1994, Garrett called the win "poetic justice."

"Not only that, but the first win in Pittsburgh since Ben [Roethlisberger]'s been in the league," Garrett said in an ESPN interview. "I remember he ended my season—or they ended our season, my first year. Made it 0-16, and they were the ones to give us our first playoff win. That's poetic justice."

Garrett recorded one tackle in the Browns' 48-37 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, which saw Cleveland force five turnovers, including four Roethlisberger interceptions.

As the Pro Bowl defensive end noted, the victory also marked the first Browns triumph in Pittsburgh against Roethlisberger—perhaps representing a changing of the guard in the AFC North. Roethlisberger and Maurkice Pouncey remained on the Steelers bench after the game, seemingly taking a moment to reflect on their careers.

Pittsburgh began the season 11-0 before losing five of its last six games.

"It's going to start between me and God, a lot of praying," Roethlisberger told reporters of his future. "A lot of talking with my family, discussions, decisions. I still have a year left on my contract. I hope the Steelers want me back, if that's the way we go. There will be a lot of discussions. But now is not the time for that.

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"This loss is fresh. It's just sitting on our hearts and our minds right now. It will for a while."

The Steelers put together a valiant effort after digging themselves a 28-0 hole in the first quarter. Roethlisberger threw for 501 yards and four touchdowns, and the Steelers got to within 12 points in the third quarter before Cleveland put things away in the fourth.