PITTSBURGH – The Steelers converted a Josh Gordon fumble into a touchdown with 47 seconds left in the second quarter and led the Browns 10-3 at halftime.
Gordon, Cleveland’s rookie receiver, caught a quick hitch on second-and-10 from the Cleveland 25-yard line but lost the ball fighting for yardage. He injured an ankle on the play and was carted into the locker room.
The Steelers didn’t waste the field position, cashing in with a 1-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to tight end Leonard Pope. A pass interference penalty in the end zone on safety Eric Hagg put the ball at the 1.
Cleveland’s points came on a 51-yard field goal from Phil Dawson. He responded after missing a 39-yarder, his first attempt after being named to the Pro Bowl last week.
Dawson entered the game having made 28 of 29 field goals, and the only miss was a deflection. He was wide right on the 39-yarder, then drilled the 51-yarder to tie for the second-longest field goal made in the history of Heinz Field.
Browns quarterback Thaddeus Lewis looked poised in his first career action and showed his command of the West Coast Offense. He went 11-for-18 for 119 yards.
However, he was errant on a few downfield throws and was intercepted in the red zone by Troy Polamalu in the first quarter.
Lewis was promoted from the practice squad Monday after Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy suffered shoulder injuries last week.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Browns have hired San Diego Padres vice president Brent Stehlik as executive vice president and chief revenue officer. The move is expected to be announced soon.