By Jake Mysliwczyk
The Cleveland Browns faced the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field for round one of the NFL playoffs and put up a record breaking fight resulting in a 48-37 season-ending loss for Pittsburgh.
This was arguably the Steelers most embarrassing loss as the Browns scored an NFL playoff record, 28 points in the first quarter and intercepted Ben Roethlisberger four times. The misery started on the first play of the game when center Maurkice Pouncey snapped the ball over Roethlisberger’s head, the ball landed on the one yardline and Cleveland recovered in the end zone for a touchdown, 14 seconds into the game. On the next drive, Roethlisberger threw an interception which resulted in a Browns score not long after.
The Steelers started putting up points in the second half but the damage was already done and there was no recovering from the 28-point lead that Cleveland took early on. In Pittsburgh’s last three playoff appearances, the Steelers have lost in the first round all three times.
After the game, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and center Maurkice Pouncey sat on the bench and shared an emotional moment as Ben walked off the field in tears. Was this the last time we saw Ben Roethlisberger as a Steeler?
Photos from the Browns vs Steelers blowout below: