Steelers Knock Off Browns 24-10 In Season Finale To Finish Year 8-8 – Game Recap

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was 15-of-23 passing for 134 yards with 3 touchdowns to Leonard Pope, Antonio Brown and Plaxico Burress to lead the team to a 24-10 win Sunday over the Cleveland Browns in the 2012 season finale.

The win means that the Steelers finish the season at 8-8 after going 3-3 in the AFC North division. The win also means that the team avoided finishing the season with a sub-.500 record, something that they haven\’t done since going 6-10 in 2003.

The Steelers defense managed to force 4 turnovers in the game as safety Troy Polamalu recorded his first interception of the season and cornerback Cortez Allen forced 2 fumbles while linebacker Lawrence Timmons sealed the game late with a sack fumble of Browns quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, who was forced to start Sunday for the Browns due to injuries to Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy.

Linebacker James Harrison, who very well might have played his last game in a Steelers uniform Sunday, recorded 6 total tackles and sack in the win. Harrison is under contract for the next two seasons but could wind up being a salary cap causality during the offseason after nine seasons in Pittsburgh.

Running back Jonathan Dwyer led the Steelers on the ground with 52 yards on 11 carries and Pittsburgh rushed for 91 yards in the game total.

9 different receivers caught passes from Roethlisberger in the game with Emmanuel Sanders leading the team in receiving yards with 28 on his 2 catches.

The game was filled with several skirmishes which started after guard Doug Legursky tried to cut block a Browns defensive player. Phil Taylor retaliated by blind-siding tackle Kelvin Beachum down the field several plays later. Beachum left the game with a concussion and never retuned.

The Steelers also lost defensive end Brett Keisel and cornerback Keenan Lewis in the first half to knee injuries and rookie guard David DeCastro was also forced from the game with a stinger. The injury to Keisel might be one to his MCL and head coach Mike Tomlin said after the game that he will need an MRI to determine the damage.

  • RW

    Glad to get a win to close out the season. Now we can start talking about the draft…

  • Kysteeler

    We’ll prob pick 17th unless the Rams win, then we’ll be picking 16th. I’m glad we won, don’t want to start having losing seasons.

  • Buccos9

    One of the many mysteries in this weird season is why Tomlin did not hire a proper special teams coach after Al Everest was fired. The run today by Ventrone was one of many special teams breakdowns this year. Besides he numerous holding penalties on kicks, on at least two occasions the Steelers have used formations on fourth down that invited other teams to run right up the middle for a first down.

  • Reader783

    Special teams sure was a let down. Another bad game for Butler. That punt return against the Ravens, multiple fake punts, constant holds, always disadvantaged in field position…need to turn it around.

  • JT

    This team needs a long, painful offseason. Figure out who they are. Realize it’s not enough to just put on the black and gold uniform. You still have to put the work in to be the team they thought they were.

  • steeltown

    I am seriously getting concerned with Woodleys production… we pay Timmons a ton of money too but he is a beast and is living up to his contract and then some. Woodley is none existent, every week I see nothing from this guy and the bigger problem is they will restructure his contract again to get under cap, which in turn will give him more guaranteed money. Awful season. What happened to this guy?

  • Maurice_hill_district

    Won the wrong game. Hey coach the one game u needed to win, was the week before. Or against either one of the crappy teams who beat us before that. Great, proved we can beat the Brown’s 3rd qb, that really helps us.