The Pittsburgh Steelers scored a 41-9 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday to win the AFC North and gain a first-roud bye in the playoffs. The season seemed like a tough climb for the Steelers after missing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who was suspended in the early stages.
Roethlisberger once again led the Steelers with 280 yards and threw two touchdown passes. Pittsburgh defense swarmed rookie quaterback Colt McCoy who was intercepted three times and sacked four times. McCoy’s lone touchdown pass came in the fourth quarter when the game was already beyond reach for the Browns.
Roethlisberger threw a 56-yard touchdown pass to Mike Wallace early in the first quarter to et the tone for the Steelers. Rashard Mendenhall rushed for two touchdowns in the first half as the Steelers led 31-3 at the break.
Roethlisberger spend the rest of the second half resting. By then, Pittsburgh led 38-3 on Antwaan Randle El’s touchdown pass to Hines Ward.