Browns Playoff Hopes Diminished After Loss to Steelers

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PITTSBURGH, PA -- The Pittsburgh Steelers rallied behind Duck Hodges after falling behind to the Browns 10-0 to begin the game. Hodges led the Steelers to 20 unanswered points in route to a 20-13 win as the Steelers boost their odds to make the playoffs.

The emergence of Pittsburgh wideout James Washington was a key factor in the Steelers comeback victory on Sunday afternoon. Washington roped in four passes for 111 yards including an impressive juggling catch in the end zone late in the first half. Hodges found Washington for a 39-yard bomb that not only changed field position, but also shifted the momentum of the game, and the Steelers never looked back from that moment on.

On the final drive of the first half, Baker Mayfield appeared to injure his hand while throwing a hail mary. Mayfield's hand slammed on the facemask of an opposing lineman on the follow through of his pass, and was rushed to the locker room following the play. Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield came out of the tunnel after halftime with a glove over his throwing hand, and was able to return for the remainder of the game.

The Browns saw their three-game winning streak come to a screeching halt and are no longer riding high. Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt combined for 104 rushing yards, with neither of the backs finding the end zone. Mayfield completed 18 of 32 passes for 196 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Jarvis Landry continues to be Mayfield's favorite target, bringing in 6 receptions for 76 yards. Kareem Hunt scored the lone touchdown for the Browns, finding the end zone on a 15 yard touchdown pass from Mayfield.

The Cleveland Browns (5-7) will take on the Cincinnati Bengals, who secured their first win of the season on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 1:00 pm ET at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Check out highlights from today's game below!

 
 
 
 

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