Dorian Thompson-Robinson led the Cleveland Browns on a drive in the last minute of the game, and Dustin Hopkins kicked a field goal from 34 yards out with two seconds left on the clock to give the home team a 13-10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday afternoon.
The win moved Cleveland (7-3) into sole possession of second place in the AFC North, moving them ahead of the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-4) and placing them only one spot behind the Baltimore Ravens.
As a result of Deshaun Watson’s season-ending shoulder fracture, Thompson-Robinson earned his second career start. This past April, Thompson-Robinson was selected in the fifth draft round after playing at UCLA. The inexperienced passer completed 24 passes out of 43 attempts for 165 yards and one interception.
During the Browns’ last drive, which began with 1:18 remaining in regulation, Thompson-Robinson completed four passes to four different receivers, of which three gained first downs. A defensive delay of game penalty was called on Pittsburgh, which allowed Cleveland to line up for a field goal that would put them ahead of Pittsburgh.
The Steelers’ attempt at a hook-and-ladder play in the game’s waning seconds was unsuccessful.
Myles Garrett of the Cleveland Browns recorded two sacks, giving him 13 for the season. Elijah Moore was responsible for six receptions and 60 receiving yards.
For Pittsburgh, running back Jaylen Warren had nine carries for 129 yards and a touchdown on a long run. Additionally, he added 16 yards receiving, which means that Warren was responsible for 145 of the Steelers’ total 249 yards of offense. Kenny Pickett’s 15 completions out of 28 attempts only netted 106 yards.
During the game’s second drive, Jerome Ford was responsible for all five carries for the Browns and took two direct snaps. When Ford attempted to score on a third-and-goal play from the one-yard line, the official call indicated that he had been brought down before reaching the end zone. The Browns raised a challenge, and after review, it was determined that they were successful because the ball had just barely crossed the plane of the goal line.
The score stayed 7-0 until the conclusion of the second quarter when Cleveland scored again before halftime after driving 77 yards in 17 plays to make the score before the break. Thompson-Robinson’s 5-yard run on third-and-4 kept the drive going, and he continued to complete six passes before Hopkins kicked a field goal from 25 yards out with five seconds left to give his team a 10-0 lead at halftime.
On the first drive of the second half, the Steelers received the much-needed jolt they had been looking for. Warren took a pitch to the right, faked out one of the defenders, and then broke through a hole on his way to scoring a touchdown for 74 yards.
Later in the third quarter, Chandon Sullivan intercepted a pass that Thompson-Robinson had thrown and squirted out of Amari Cooper’s ready hands. However, the Steelers continued their poor play by going three-and-out.
Pittsburgh knotted the score at 7 minutes and 40 seconds remaining in the game. Chris Boswell kicked a field goal from 28 yards out after the Steelers were forced to settle for a field goal after Garrett made his second sack of the drive.