Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021 in Heinz Field in Pittsburgh was a day of celebration for the Cleveland Browns fans, as their team outlasted the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 48-37 victory. The Browns rode a rushing game that produced 127 yards and two rushing touchdowns, to go along with a Baker Mayfield performance of 263 yards, three touchdowns.
Mayfield ended the game with 263 yards passing, to go along with three touchdowns, no interceptions, and completing 21 of 34 passes. This performance led to a 115.20 passer rating for Mayfield.
The Browns deployed a rushing game led by Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. For the game, Chubb carried the ball 18 times and rushed for 76 yards, leading to no touchdowns. Hunt supplemented by carrying the ball eight times for a total of 48 yards. In the passing game, the Browns’ top receivers were Rashard Higgins and Jarvis Landry. Higgins caught two passes for a total of 28 yards, while Landry contributed with 92 yards from five passes.
With no forced fumbles, two tackles for loss and zero sacks , the Browns got just the defensive help it needed to get the win.
For the losing team, Ben Roethlisberger finished the game completing 47 of 68 passes to lead the way for the Steelers. This performance by Roethlisberger led to a QB rating of 85.50, and game stats of 501 yards, four interceptions and four touchdowns.
The Steelers’ rushing game was led by James Conner and Benny Snell Jr.. For the game, Conner carried the ball 11 times, rushed for 37 yards, and one touchdown. Snell Jr. supplemented and carried the ball a total of two times for a total of 13 yards. Meanwhile JuJu Smith-Schuster and Diontae Johnson were the top 2 aerial passing targets for the Steelers. Smith-Schuster caught 13 passes from Roethlisberger for a total of 157 yards, while Johnson contributed with 117 yards from 11 passes.
Although their team lost the game, the Steelers defense ended the game with no sacks, and zero tackles for loss, to go along with zero forced fumbles.
It is celebration time for the Browns who advance to the next round. As for the Steelers, they go home to ponder on their season.