1:00 PM ET, December 28, 2008
Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, PA
PITTSBURGH -- For a team that supposedly couldn't lose, the Steelers nearly sustained the worst possible setback going into the playoffs. The Browns ended a miserable season with an embarrassing loss that had serious ramifications.Ben Roethlisberger gave playoff-bound Pittsburgh a major scare by sustaining a concussion during a 31-0 rout over the Browns on Sunday. Later, Cleveland general manager Phil Savage was fired, and sources told ESPN's Chris Mortensen that coach Romeo Crennel will also be let go. An official announcement could come as soon as Monday.
Walker: Bad decision?It will be a decision that is questioned for a long time in Pittsburgh. Against a division rival, should the Steelers still play their starters in a meaningless regular-season finale? Pittsburgh decided to and suffered an injury to its starting quarterback in the process, writes James Walker. Blog
• The Steelers won their 11th straight vs. the Browns despite Ben Roethlisberger's injury. They've won four straight home games overall.
• The Browns closed the season by failing to score an offensive touchdown in their last six games, the most consecutive games without an offensive TD in the Super Bowl era (since 1966).
• The Steelers shut out Browns for first time since 2005. The Browns were shut out in their last two games, the first time in team history they've been shut out in consecutive games.
• The Browns finished 4-12 for second time in the last three years.
-- ESPN research
Gradkowski's passer rating was 1.0. ... Ward's six catches for 70 yards gave him his fifth career 1,000-yard season, his first since 2004, and a team-record 800 career receptions. ... Lewis finished with 1,002 yards. ... The 1974 Bears went 22 quarters without an offensive touchdown. ... The Steelers won their 11th in a row against the Browns. ... Crennel is 0-8 against Pittsburgh and 24-40 overall. ... The Steelers have won six of seven. ... Cleveland had only 102 yards passing in its final two games. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||2.5||6.0|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||04:07||Willie Parker 34 Yd Run (Jeff Reed Kick)||0||7|
|TD||00:32||Byron Leftwich 8 Yd Run (Jeff Reed Kick)||0||14|
|FG||05:35||Jeff Reed 22 Yd||0||17|
|TD||09:41||Gary Russell 3 Yd Run (Jeff Reed Kick)||0||24|
|TD||08:43||Tyrone Carter 32 Yd Interception Return (Jeff Reed Kick)||0||31|