For Browns fans, Sunday at the Lakefront was as fun as it could get.
Led by a defense that collected a whopping eight turnovers, and an offense that was just good enough, the Browns finally beat their rivals, topping the Steelers 20-14.
Trent Richardson’s 15-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was the difference, as half of the Steelers possessions on the day ended with turnovers.
Each of the four Pittsburgh running backs put the ball on the ground, and the Browns were more than happy to take the gifts from their hated rivals.
Richardson ended the day with 112 total yards from scrimmage. Brandon Weeden added a touchdown pass while completing 17-of-26 throws for 158 yards with an interception for the Browns, who are now 3-3 following an 0-5 beginning to the season.
The Browns defense were the stars of the day, recovering five fumbles in addition to their three picks of Steelers QB Charlie Batch and scored 17 points off the Steelers turnovers.
Cleveland also held Pittsburgh to just 242 total yards, with Batch managing 199 through the air on 20-of-34 passing.
The game did not start too good for the Browns, as Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons took a tipped pass and went 53 yards for a score just 1:11 into the game to make it 7-0.
Then after the Browns punted, the giveaways for the Steelers started, with Rashard Mendenhall fumbling first, and then a couple more before the Steelers put a drive together to take the lead at the end of the half.
Batch wasn’t very good, on the day he went 18-for-31 for 175 yards, and mostly went to safe routes and check downs.
The Steelers offense never got in sync with all the turnovers, and would up just 1-for-9 on third downs on the day.
Pittsburgh had a scoring chance after Batch found Emmanuel Sanders for a 15-yard gain to the Cleveland 28 with under 13 minutes left, but his next pass was deflected and intercepted by lineman Billy Winn to thwart that opportunity.
Four of the Steelers’ final five drives would end in a turnover, with Batch picked off by Joe Haden with around three minutes remaining and Chris Rainey fumbling on a reception shortly afterward.
Pittsburgh also had a lateral attempt by Mike Wallace to Sanders mishandled on the final play, with the Browns recovering as time ran out.
The Browns head out west to take on the Raiders next Sunday at 4pm.
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