Week 5: Browns Give Steelers Their First Loss

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  1. LtJustice

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    Been working on this for what seems like forever. Seems like there was always something else to do when I had time (new owner, complaints, etc.), but I finally got it done!


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    The Browns headed into week 5 fresh off a victory against the Colts that would even their record at 2-2 on the season. With the hated Steelers coming into town, and a week 6 bye on the schedule ahead of them, falling to 2-3 would have been a morale killer that could have sent the entire season spiraling. Seeing as how the Browns had yet to taste victory against their bitter rivals in this release, and the Browns owner had never defeated the Steelers owner (including a Super Bowl matchup), a victory here looked to be a tall task for this young Browns team.

    The Browns would answer prove to be up to the task, as they overcame an early Pittsburgh lead to score three straight touchdowns, in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, and never looked back en route to a 28-21 victory.
    The Steelers would strike first in this one, after forcing a Browns punt on the opening drive, as Pittsburgh halfback Le’Veon Bell would break away for a 26-yard touchdown, midway through the first, for an early 7-0 lead.

    The Browns would answer back on the ensuing possession, with a long drive of their own. The 75-yard drive would be capped off when Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel would connect with rookie receiver Russ Justice on a 23-yard TD pass. Justice, the number 2 overall pick in the past rookie draft, would make a great catch at the 5 yard line and use his long body to lunge into the endzone for his first career touchdown. The score would tie the game at 7, early in the 2nd quarter.

    After a huge 3rd down sack by Browns linebacker Justin Houston, the Steelers would be held to a 3 and out on their next possession. Manziel would lead the Browns into Steeler territory before being picked off by recent Pittsburgh acquisition Prince Amukamara. The Pittsburgh offense would be held to a three and out following the turnover, and would punt the ball back to the Browns with 2 minutes left in the half.

    The Browns offense would put together a successful two minute drill, highlighted by a phenomenal catch by Justice at the Pittsburgh 4 yard line. Justice would out jump two Steelers defenders to come down with the 45 yard catch, which gave the Browns the opportunity to take the lead just before the half. Cleveland would capitalize on the opportunity, as Manziel connected with tight end Jermaine Gresham for a 2 yard TD and a 14-7 Browns lead at the half.

    The Steelers would start the 2nd half off with a bang, as a 39 yard run to open the half would immediately put the Steelers in Browns territory. The Pitssburgh offense would march all the way to the Browns 6-yard line, before Browns safety Sanders comings made the play of the game. Pittsburgh rookie quarterback Zane gray would try to squeeze the ball into fellow rookie receiver Corlus Murphy, just past the goal line. Commings read the play the whole way, jumped the pass, and took the ball 97 yards in the other direction for the pick6 touchdown and a 21-7 Browns lead early in the 3rd quarter. Gray, known for his mobility in college, almost made the touchdown saving tackle on the return, but came up just short in a foot race down the sideline.

    On the ensuing possession, the Steelers would again strike with a big play to quickly take them in Browns territory. 3rd year speedster Dri Archer would take a screen pass and streak down the sidelines for 53 yards, before being tackled at the Browns 13 yard line. The Steelers would capitalize this time, as Bell would score from 1 yard out, to pull the Steelers within a score at 21-14, late in the 3rd quarter.

    After holding the Browns to a punt, the Steelers were in position to tie the game up. The Pittsburgh offense would come close on yet another big play, as Gray found another fellow rookie receiver DaVonte Belton streaking down the sideline in single coverage. The 50+ yard bomb would come down to a jump ball between Belton and Commings, but Commings would get the position and make his 2nd interception on the day, to end the Steelers drive. The Browns offense would again be stalled and forced into a quick punt, to give the Steelers the ball back early in the 4th quarter.

    It wouldn’t take the Steelers long to come up with another big play, as Gray again went deep for Belton. This time Belton had a step on Browns cornerback Justin Gilbert and Gray dropped a perfect pass into his hands for a 65-yard TD. The Steelers would once again victimize the Browns with the big play, and the score would tie the game at 21, with just over 8 minutes to play.

    The Browns offense would answer the call though and putt together a long scoring drive that chewed up a lot of clock. The 78-yard, 6+ minute drive would end with a 5 yard TD run by Browns running back JaMichael Elmore, with just under 2 minutes remaining. Elmore, who struggled most of the day, would make a fantastic 2nd and 3rd effort to break free and get across the goal line for what would end up being the game winning score.

    The Steelers offense once again marched into Browns territory, but couldn’t produce another big play when they needed it most. Browns defenders would bat down the last three throws that gray would attempt, forcing a turnover on downs that would allow Manziel and company to kneel out the clock for the victory.

    Hell of a game, Curtis! Always fun!
    thafuture3886

    Sorry for the delay in getting this done!

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  2. CHUNKNESS

    CHUNKNESS Commissioner Quality Simulation Football

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    about time slacker ;)

    video is "private"
     
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  3. thafuture3886

    thafuture3886 Power Rankings Analyst

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    Good game Jim..that pick 6 changed the game
     
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  4. CHUNKNESS

    CHUNKNESS Commissioner Quality Simulation Football

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    Great highlights! That Elmore TD in the 4th was gritty.
     
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