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The Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0) beat the Cleveland Browns (0-1) 21-18 in the season opener despite their best effort to give the game away to Cleveland.

The Browns played well.

Roethlisberger lobbed his deep pass near Pittsburgh's sideline toward Brown, who went up over Browns defensive back Jason McCourty and hauled in the game's biggest catch. Not well enough to win, but well enough to have fans excited about this young team after the initial sadness from the loss wears off.

The Steelers made life miserable for the Browns quarterback - this time Kizer. The Steelers ranked 16th in the league in passing yards allowed last season and can use Haden's playmaking abilities as they pursue their fourth straight playoff appearance.

Now, he'll add depth to one of Cleveland's AFC North rivals instead of solidifying the Browns secondary.




But with a loss comes negatives as well. Brown finished with 11 receptions for 182 yards. It was a classic case of the Browns playing well enough to contend, but not doing enough to close out a victory. Cleveland isn't a team who can fully exploit a banged up secondary.

In his 89 game career, J.J. Watt has never had a game with two or more sacks and an interception.

The Browns have the Baltimore Ravens next week on the road, which is no easy task.

After spending much of the game struggling to convert first downs, the Steelers got rolling late in the second quarter and mounted a go-ahead touchdown drive with 45 seconds to play in the first half against the Browns.

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