Cleveland, outgained 369-126, probably could have played a lot longer without scoring against a Pittsburgh defense that gave up the fewest yards and points in the NFL.
“We were so upset we had to practice on Christmas, we had to take it out on the Browns,” linebacker Larry Foote said.
After Phil Dawson missed a 53-yard field-goal try in the first quarter, the Browns gained no more than 18 yards on any possession. Bruce Gradkowski (5-of-16, 18 yards, two interceptions) didn’t complete a pass for nearly 27 minutes, except for Tyrone Carter’s 32-yard interception return touchdown.
For the Steelers, Willie Parker’s 116 yards rushing gave their sagging ground game a lift with the playoffs approaching. He had only one 100-yard game since running for 105 yards in Cleveland on Sept. 14.
Parker’s 34-yard touchdown run with 4:07 left in the second quarter broke a scoreless tie and was Pittsburgh’s longest run this season. After Roethlisberger (9-of-14, 110 yards, one interception) was lifted, backup Byron Leftwich scored on an 8-yard run to make it 14-0 with 40 seconds left in the half.
Notes: 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.
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