PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown before the Steelers' offense began stopping itself with turnovers, and Pittsburgh benefited from a curious first-down measurement to beat the rival Browns for the 12th consecutive time, winning 27-14 this afternoon.
Roethlisberger, second in the league in passing and on pace for what would easily be his best statistical season, was 23 of 35 for 417 yards in his second career 400-yard game. He threw for 433 during a 31-20 loss to Denver in 2006. Hines Ward made eight catches for 159 yards and a touchdown.
The game turned out a lot closer than it was expected to be for much of the second half, mostly because each team turned it over four times in a sloppily played game in which Pittsburgh outgained Cleveland 543-197.
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