The Cleveland Browns narrowly defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers in a thrilling 24-22 win, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021 in FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland. They deployed a rushing game that produced 192 yards, two rushing touchdowns, to support a Baker Mayfield performance of 196 yards and one touchdown.
Mayfield finished the game with one touchdown, completing 17 of 27 passes. At the end of the day, he finished with 196 yards and no interceptions, and a passer rating of 97.20.
The ground game for the Browns saw Nick Chubb carrying the football 14 times, and Kareem Hunt helping with rushing the ball 10 times. The two rushers produced 108 yards and 37 yards respectively in a winning effort. The passing game for the Browns had Mayfield tossing the football to Rashard Higgins and Jarvis Landry as his most productive targets. Higgins caught two passes for a net gain of 55 yards. The secondary target (Landry) caught five passes for a net contribution of 51 yards.
With no forced fumbles, one tackle for loss and one sack , the Browns got just the defensive help it needed to get the win.
Compared to Mayfield of the Browns, Mason Rudolph of the Steelers threw for 315 yards with two touchdowns, and one interception, completing 22 of 39 passes, for a 89.20 passer rating.
The rushing game for the Steelers was led by James Conner and Anthony McFarland. For the game, Conner rushed for 37 yards from carrying the football nine times. Meanwhile McFarland carried the ball 5 times for a total of 17 yards. For the passing game, the top receivers for the Steelers included Diontae Johnson and Chase Claypool. Johnson caught three passes for a total of 96 yards, while Claypool contributed with 101 yards from five passes.
In a losing effort, the Steelers defense contributed with four sacks , zero forced fumbles, one tackle for loss, and zero defensive touchdowns for the game.
With the win, the Browns leave with a record of 11-5 for the season, while the Steelers record for the season now stands at 12-4.