Browns Comeback Falls Short, Steelers Win Opener 21-18

As the Browns got to the goal line, the rookie quarterback took matters into his own hands, and he followed the charge of the Browns offensive line to power into the end zone on a quarterback sneak to score his first touchdown of his National Football League career.

The Cleveland Browns are building for the future - and it's a good thing, too, because the present looks very grim indeed. The key play in the 68-yard drive was a 21-yard pass interference penalty on Steelers safety Sean Davis at the Pittsburgh 4-yard line. While the offense will get most of the headlines for the Steelers in 2017, the barometer for their success will come from the performance of their defense, namely their front seven. The Steelers ranked 16th in the league in passing yards allowed last season and can use Haden's playmaking abilities as they pursue their fourth straight playoff appearance.

The Browns cut the deficit to 14-10 on a 24-yard field goal by rookie Zane Gonzalez with 9:27 left in the third quarter. The offseason saw the departure of long-time defensive stalwart Lawrence Timmons, the addition of first-round pick T.J. Watt and the contract extension of Stephon Tuitt.




Roethlisberger improved to 21-2 in his career against the Browns, who gave their rivals all they could handle - a positive sign for coach Hue Jackson and Cleveland fans after a horrid 1-15 season.

Here are four big takeaways from Sunday's game. He just missed picking off a pass in the second quarter. QB Cody Kessler, who is 0-8 as a starter last season with the Browns past year, was inactive.

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