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Brown's clutch catch gives Steelers 21-18 win over Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) For Pittsburgh's first road game, Antonio Brown wore a bow tie and purple and black suit embroidered with fire-breathing gold dragons. He completed his outlandish outfit with ruby red-sequined sneakers.

The flashy look was both dazzling and jaw-dropping - just like Brown's game.

The All-Pro wide receiver made a crucial, leaping catch with less than three minutes left and Ben Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes to tight end Jesse James as the Steelers, with minimal help from Le'Veon Bell, opened the season by holding off the Cleveland Browns 21-18 on Sunday.

Roethlisberger improved to 21-2 in his career against the Browns, who led by rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer gave their rivals all they could handle - a positive sign for coach Hue Jackson and Cleveland fans after a horrid 1-15 season.

But the Browns couldn't stop Brown. With the Steelers clinging to their 3-point lead, he somehow caught and held onto Roethlisberger's throw in traffic for a 38-yard gain with 2:26 left to seal Pittsburgh's win. Brown finished with 11 receptions for 182 yards.

''I've watched him make unbelievable plays like that from the stands,'' said Steelers rookie running back James Conner, who played at Pitt and grew up rooting for Pittsburgh. ''So to be out there with him when he does it is crazy. He's an amazing football player.''

Kizer, who ran for a TD and threw a scoring a scoring in an impressive debut, had pulled the Browns within three on a 3-yard TD pass to Corey Coleman followed by a 2-point conversion with 3:36 left.

With Pittsburgh needing a big play, Brown delivered one - as usual.

Roethlisberger rolled left to buy some time and lobbed his deep pass near Pittsburgh's sideline toward Brown, who went up over defensive back Jason McCourty and hauled in the game's biggest catch. Jackson challenged the call, but it held up after a video review and the Steelers improved to 32-6 against the Browns since 1999.

''It's not our first rodeo,'' said Roethlisberger, who passes for 263 yards. ''I see AB go and I'm going to take that shot. I've got all the trust in the world in him, he's got it in me. I don't think there are any two guys who have worked together more than him and I do.

''So, it's fun to watch him play and be on the same team with him.''

The Browns have lost 13 straight openers, but they showed some promise, especially with Kizer and a vastly improved defense that played well despite not having top overall pick Myles Garrett, who injured his ankle earlier this week.

Bell, who skipped training camp in a contract dispute, ran tentatively and gained just 32 yards on 10 carries. He rejoined his teammates last week and signed his $12.1 million franchise tag, far less than he feels he deserves.

MORE WATTAGE

The Steelers sacked Kizer seven times, two by rookie T.J. Watt, the younger brother of Houston star J.J. Watt. The first-round pick also had an interception in a memorable debut.

With the Browns driving late in the third, Watt picked off Kizer.

''I was dropping back in coverage and it came right to me,'' Watt said. ''Once I caught it, I just tried not to fumble it.''

HADEN'S HOMECOMING

Steelers CB Joe Haden began the day looking for the visitors' locker room. He ended it holding the game ball.

Released recently by Cleveland, Haden faced the team he played with for seven seasons. He exchanged jerseys with Browns LB Christian Kirksey at midfield following the game and got some good-natured kidding by his new teammates for finally winning an opener.

Haden said he doesn't hold a grudge with Jackson.

''Me and the coach have a really good relationship. ''It's strong.''

PREGAME UNITY

In a show of unity, the Browns ran from their tunnel and onto the field before the game accompanied by Cleveland police officers, firefighters, military personnel and emergency workers.

After being criticized for kneeling in prayer during the national anthem before an exhibition, several Browns players, who felt their gesture had been misinterpreted, met with owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam to discuss ways to help Cleveland - and the nation - heal during a time of division. As part of better connecting to the community, the Browns asked to be joined by the public servants.

They all stood together for the national anthem and were joined on the sideline by the Haslams and Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams.

''We love our police department and our military and everything they do for us, and we respect what they do,'' Jackson said. ''We showed that today, and we showed that we are all together in this.''

UP NEXT:

Steelers: Host Minnesota on Sunday.

Browns: Travel to Baltimore on Sunday.

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Key Players
B. Roethlisberger 7 QB
263 YDs, 2 TDs, 1 INTs
D. Kizer 7 QB
222 YDs, 1 TDs, 1 INTs
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Two Point Conversion 2:26
TWO-POINT CONVERSION ATTEMPT. I.Crowell rushes left guard. ATTEMPT SUCCEEDS.
plays
yds
pos
21
18
Touchdown 3:36
D.Kizer pass short left to C.Coleman for 3 yards, TOUCHDOWN. PIT-J.Wilcox was injured during the play. PENALTY on PIT-J.Wilcox, Unnecessary Roughness, 15 yards, enforced between downs.
8
plays
73
yds
3:05
pos
21
16
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:37
C.Boswell extra point is GOOD, Center-K.Canaday, Holder-J.Berry.
plays
yds
pos
21
10
Touchdown 5:37
B.Roethlisberger pass short middle to J.James for 2 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
6
plays
75
yds
3:50
pos
20
10
Field Goal 9:27
Z.Gonzalez 24 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-C.Hughlett, Holder-B.Colquitt.
7
plays
53
yds
4:29
pos
14
10
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:45
C.Boswell extra point is GOOD, Center-K.Canaday, Holder-J.Berry.
plays
yds
pos
14
7
Touchdown 0:45
B.Roethlisberger pass short middle to J.James for 4 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
7
plays
91
yds
3:08
pos
13
7
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:22
Z.Gonzalez extra point is GOOD, Center-C.Hughlett, Holder-B.Colquitt.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 0:22
D.Kizer up the middle for 1 yard, TOUCHDOWN.
12
plays
68
yds
5:26
pos
7
6
Point After TD 12:44
C.Boswell extra point is GOOD, Center-K.Canaday, Holder-J.Berry.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 12:44
B.Colquitt punt is BLOCKED by T.Matakevich, Center-C.Hughlett, RECOVERED by PIT-A.Chickillo at CLE -8. TOUCHDOWN.
0
plays
0
yds
0:00
pos
6
0
Team Stats
Time of Pos 28:50 31:10
1st Downs 16 20
Rushing 1 3
Passing 13 12
Penalty 2 5
3rd Down Conv 5-13 3-12
4th Down Conv 0-0 2-2
Total Net Yards 290 237
Total Plays 54 62
Avg Gain 5.4 3.8
Net Yards Rushing 35 57
Rush Attempts 17 25
Avg Rush Yards 2.1 2.3
Net Yards Passing 255 180
Comp. - Att. 24-36 20-30
Yards Per Pass 7.1 6.0
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-8 7-42
Penalties - Yards 13-144 4-61
Touchdowns 2 2
Rushing TDs 0 1
Passing TDs 2 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-0 1-0
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 6-45.8 6-40.3
Return Yards 53 78
Punts - Returns 3-32 3-34
Kickoffs - Returns 1-4 1-14
Int. - Returns 1-17 1-30
Kicking 3/3 2/2
Extra Points 3/3 1/1
Field Goals 0/0 1/1
Red Zone Eff. 2-2 -100% 2-3 -67%
Goal to Go Eff. 2-2 -100% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Steelers 1-0 777021
Browns 0-1 703818
255 PASS YDS 180
35 RUSH YDS 57
290 TOTAL YDS 237
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
B. Roethlisberger 7 QB
20
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 263 2 1 95.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 263 2 1 95.0
B. Roethlisberger 24/36 263 2 1 20
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
L. Bell 26 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
10 32 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 32 0
L. Bell 10 32 0 15 4
J. Conner 30 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
4 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 11 0
J. Conner 4 11 0 5 1
B. Roethlisberger 7 QB
20
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 -8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 -8 0
B. Roethlisberger 3 -8 0 -1 20
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
A. Brown 84 WR
18
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
11 11 182 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 11 182 0
A. Brown 11 11 182 0 50 18
J. James 81 TE
16
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 6 41 2
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 41 2
J. James 8 6 41 2 19 16
L. Bell 26 RB
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 3 15 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 3 15 0
L. Bell 6 3 15 0 10 4
M. Bryant 10 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 2 14 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 14 0
M. Bryant 6 2 14 0 14 1
E. Rogers 17 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 2 11 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 11 0
E. Rogers 4 2 11 0 9 1
V. McDonald 89 TE
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
V. McDonald 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
T. Watt 90 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 1 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 1 2.0
T. Watt 6-1 2.0 1 0
A. Chickillo 56 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 2.0
A. Chickillo 4-2 2.0 0 0
V. Williams 98 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
V. Williams 4-1 0.0 0 0
R. Shazier 50 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-3 0 0.0
R. Shazier 4-3 0.0 0 0
J. Haden 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 1.0
J. Haden 4-2 1.0 0 0
W. Gay 22 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
W. Gay 4-1 0.0 0 0
S. Davis 28 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
S. Davis 3-0 0.0 0 0
J. Hargrave 79 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
J. Hargrave 3-0 1.0 0 0
T. Alualu 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
T. Alualu 2-3 0.0 0 0
M. Hilton 40 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Hilton 2-0 0.0 0 0
A. Burns 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
A. Burns 2-1 0.0 0 0
J. Wilcox 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
J. Wilcox 1-1 0.0 0 0
M. Mitchell 23 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Mitchell 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Heyward 97 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 1.0
C. Heyward 1-2 1.0 0 0
S. Tuitt 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
S. Tuitt 1-0 0.0 0 0
J. Smith-Schuster 19 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Smith-Schuster 1-0 0.0 0 0
K. Canaday 46 LS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
K. Canaday 0-1 0.0 0 0
L. Walton 96 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
L. Walton 0-1 0.0 0 0
D. Heyward-Bey 88 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
D. Heyward-Bey 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Boswell 9 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 3/3
SEASON FG XP
0/0 3/3
C. Boswell 0/0 0 3/3 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Berry 4 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 45.8 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
6 45.8 0
J. Berry 6 45.8 0 59
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Smith-Schuster 19 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 4.0 4 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 4.0 4 0
J. Smith-Schuster 1 4.0 4 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
E. Rogers 17 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 10.7 13 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 10.7 13 0
E. Rogers 3 10.7 13 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
D. Kizer 7 QB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 222 1 1 85.7
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
66.7% 222 1 1 85.7
D. Kizer 20/30 222 1 1 19
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
I. Crowell 34 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 33 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 33 0
I. Crowell 17 33 0 6 8
D. Kizer 7 QB
19
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 17 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 17 1
D. Kizer 5 17 1 11 19
M. Dayes 27 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 7 0
M. Dayes 3 7 0 3 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
C. Coleman 19 WR
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 53 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 5 53 1
C. Coleman 6 5 53 1 23 11
S. DeValve 87 TE
4
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 4 42 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 4 42 0
S. DeValve 5 4 42 0 21 4
I. Crowell 34 RB
8
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 33 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 33 0
I. Crowell 2 2 33 0 23 8
R. Louis 80 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 2 32 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 32 0
R. Louis 3 2 32 0 29 3
D. Johnson 29 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 2 20 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 20 0
D. Johnson 5 2 20 0 14 2
D. Njoku 85 TE
2
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 20 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 20 0
D. Njoku 2 2 20 0 13 2
K. Britt 18 WR
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 13 0
K. Britt 3 1 13 0 13 1
M. Dayes 27 RB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 2 9 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 9 0
M. Dayes 2 2 9 0 8 0
K. Williams 82 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
K. Williams 2 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
J. Peppers 22 FS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
J. Peppers 4-0 0.0 0 0
J. Schobert 53 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-5 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-5 0 0.0
J. Schobert 4-5 0.0 0 0
J. Taylor 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
J. Taylor 3-3 0.0 0 0
J. Collins 51 OLB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
J. Collins 2-2 0.0 0 1
C. Kirksey 58 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-3 0 0.0
C. Kirksey 2-3 0.0 0 0
L. Ogunjobi 65 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
L. Ogunjobi 2-2 0.0 0 0
D. Kindred 30 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 1 0.0
D. Kindred 2-1 0.0 1 0
J. McCourty 35 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
J. McCourty 2-1 0.0 0 0
J. Bitonio 75 G
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Bitonio 1-0 0.0 0 0
M. Dayes 27 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Dayes 1-0 0.0 0 0
D. Shelton 55 NT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Shelton 1-0 0.0 0 0
E. Ogbah 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
E. Ogbah 1-0 0.0 0 0
T. Coley 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Coley 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Boddy-Calhoun 20 SS
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
B. Boddy-Calhoun 1-2 0.0 0 0
D. Alexander 54 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Alexander 1-0 0.0 0 0
C. Nassib 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.0
C. Nassib 1-1 1.0 0 0
J. Burgess 52 ILB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Burgess 1-0 0.0 0 0
B. Bello 50 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
B. Bello 1-0 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Z. Gonzalez 5 K
0
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
1/1 1/1
SEASON FG XP
1/1 1/1
Z. Gonzalez 1/1 24 1/1 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Colquitt 4 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 48.4 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
5 48.4 3
B. Colquitt 5 48.4 3 61
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Peppers 22 FS
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 14.0 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 14.0 14 0
J. Peppers 1 14.0 14 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Peppers 22 FS
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 11.3 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 11.3 25 0
J. Peppers 3 11.3 25 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
7:59 PIT 26 2:11 4 -6 Punt
0:22 PIT 25 2:25 6 17 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:13 PIT 6 2:31 4 15 Punt
7:21 PIT 14 2:03 4 16 Punt
3:53 PIT 9 3:08 7 91 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PIT 25 1:04 3 -8 Punt
9:27 PIT 25 3:50 6 75 TD
1:13 PIT 34 4:08 8 37 INT
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:35 PIT 24 3:54 6 7 Punt
3:36 PIT 20 3:36 6 43 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CLE 25 2:16 3 -9 Punt BLK
12:44 CLE 25 4:45 7 2 Punt
5:48 CLE 32 5:26 12 68 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:57 CLE 22 1:44 4 26 Punt
8:42 CLE 40 1:21 4 20 Punt
5:18 CLE 36 1:25 3 4 Punt
0:45 CLE 11 0:45 3 13 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:56 CLE 41 4:29 7 53 FG
5:37 CLE 25 4:24 9 46 INT
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:05 CLE 31 1:30 3 -3 Punt
6:41 CLE 27 3:05 8 73 TD