CLEVELAND – The Browns recovered from a disastrous start and trailed the Pittsburgh Steelers only 7-3 after the first quarter at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
The Browns were near midfield after quarterback Brandon Weeden hit Josh Gordon on a crossing route for a 26-yard pickup. But on third-and-8, Brett Keisel tipped Weeden’s pass intended for Greg Little on a shallow crossing route. Linebacker Lawrence Timmons intercepted it and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown 71 seconds in.
The Browns defense forced a turnover of its own, but got only three points off the fumble by Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall. Defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin forced the fumble in pursuit, safety Usama Young recovered and Cleveland took over at the Pittsburgh 44-yard line.
The Browns settled for a 28-yard Phil Dawson field goal. He’s 20-for-20 on the year and has made a league-best 26 straight.
The Browns had good field position much of the quarter but were 0-for-5 on third down.