They would have been the No. 1 wild card, leaving three 9-7 teams to sweat out the tie-breaker for the second wild card.
"A sour feeling", quarterback Tyrod Taylor said. Against one of the best teams in the league - best team in this division - if we can stand toe-to-toe with them, we can stand toe-to-toe with anybody.
Pittsburgh was without Bell, whose contract holdout will carry into the season's second week.
"Hell yeah, it feels like a loss", Steelers defensive tackle Cam Heyward said. We were not able to get it done. There is a lot for our team to be proud of, but there is still a lot of stuff we need to work on and correct. I credit T.J. for getting that block, but the outcome was already decided. "I saw it just like you did".
Roethlisberger passed for 335 yards, but he was upset Pittsburgh's offense couldn't put away the Browns. But on Cleveland's first play, Gordon lined up wide in a three-tight end personnel package. Garrett dropped Roethlisberger for a 5-yard loss on the first play of the second quarter, but it didn't do much to slow down Roethlisberger. "This is a new year, this a new opportunity for this organization and football team, myself included". "He just has to do it week in and week out and be this player every week". So far this season, the Cleveland Browns have learned how to stop losing.
"I'm gonna improve", Jackson said Friday, shortly after making his Harrison announcement.
Gordon had only three passes thrown his way against the Steelers, but made the most of his only reception.
"We have been practicing fade balls all week, the offseason and training camp", Gordon told reporters. Gordon has also been battling a hamstring issue.
It was a tough week for Browns rookie guard Austin Corbett. But the Browns punt from their own 26 after Bud Dupree batted a pass intended for Jarvis Landry.
The Browns gunslinger took the snap and looked down the middle of the field, before pulling his eyes toward Gordon on the right flank. "Anything less is not good enough". We have to play better as an offensive unit.
However, the weirdest, wackiest game of the day came in the rainy-Cleveland conditions, where the Steelers tied the Browns 21-21. Cleveland then recovered a fumble with less than a minute left in overtime and had a chance to win it with a 42-yard field goal, which of course was blocked. The Browns and the Steelers tied at 21.
BREATHE EASY, WISCONSIN: Aaron Rodgers returned in the second half after being carted off the field with a knee injury and led the Packers back from a 20-0 deficit to a 24-23 win over the Bears. His only catch was a game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter.
James Conner was the lone bright spot, rushing for 135 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but his success is against the backdrop of Le'Veon Bell's absence.