Corey Coleman dropped a potential first-down completion on fourth-and-2 in the final 2 minutes against Pittsburgh inside the Steelers' 20-yard line. "We just have to get out of that". In 2010, the other time the Steelers had a bye under Tomlin, the team needed a win over the Browns to get the No. 2 seed, so starters played and the team went to the Super Bowl. "Then we'll have to deal with everything from there, but I know we're doing everything we can to go to Pittsburgh and win a football game".
"This is going to stay next to my name, this organization's name, this team's name for the rest of our lives", said Browns head coach Hue Jackson. Sashi Brown was sacked as general manager at that point and replaced with former Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey. Haslam is scheduled to meet with reporters after the game, as he sometimes does after the finale, and reaffirm his support.
"It looked like the first game of the year", offensive coordinator Todd Haley said. Twice in the first half they drew third-down defensive penalties that extended Pittsburgh drives.
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While Jackson, who will jump in Lake Erie at some point in the near future to fulfill his vow the Browns wouldn't go 1-15 as they did in 2016, is expected back in 2018, another offseason filled with searching awaits.
"I don't think we're way, way off as many people think we are", Jackson said. Cleveland fans get a bad rap because the team is garbage, but it's not an accurate representation of the fan base.
The Steelers never trailed while beating their closest rivals for a seventh straight time. He also returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown.
The Steelers defense also broke a Pittsburgh all time record as their defense recorded six sacks on Kizer.
That lone Cleveland victory came on October 5, 2003, a season in which the Steelers went 6-10 under Bill Cowher. New England clinched home-field advantage with a victory over the New York Jets.
Steelers: Will enjoy a week off before hosting the divisional round the weekend of January 13-14.