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Browns don't lose, tie Steelers 21-21 in sloppy game

CLEVELAND (AP) One week in and the Browns are still undefeated.

Now that's progress.

Cleveland ended its 17-game losing streak on Sunday with a 21-21 tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who prevented the Browns from getting their first victory since 2016 when linebacker T.J. Watt blocked Zane Gonzalez's 43-yard field-goal attempt with 9 seconds left in OT.

The Steelers, who blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter, also wasted their chance to escape with a win when Chris Boswell was wide left on a 42-yard field-goal attempt with 1:44 remaining in the extra period.

It was the NFL's first tie in Week 1 since 1971 and the league's first overall since Washington and Cincinnati ended in a 27-27 deadlock on Oct. 30, 2016.

''If you don't win,'' Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said, ''it feels like a loss.''

The Browns remain winless since Dec. 24, 2016, but at least they have a positive after going 0-16 last season, just the second team in league history to lose all 16 games.

Pittsburgh committed six turnovers, including a strip-sack fumble of Roethlisberger late in OT that had the Browns poised to win their first opener since 2004.

But Gonzalez's kick was low and Watt, who had four sacks, got deep penetration and appeared to get his hand on the ball, which went sideways and landed on the soaked FirstEnergy Stadium turf as thousands of Browns fans threw up their hands in disbelief.

So close. So far.

''They broke through and were right there, so there wasn't much I could do about it,'' Gonzalez said. ''It was blocked. We felt good about it when we went out there. They definitely were in there a little quick.''

Browns coach Hue Jackson felt the Steelers were offside on the climactic kick.

''Disappointed for our fans,'' said an exasperated Jackson, who fell to 1-31-1 with Cleveland. ''Did not want them going home without a victory. I did not want our players to go home without a victory. We were not able to get it done. Did not finish it, but obviously, a tie. A tie.''

The Browns also had a chance to win it in regulation and were driving for a potential game-winning field goal, but Tyrod Taylor's deep pass for Josh Gordon was underthrown and intercepted by Cameron Sutton with 16 seconds left.

''There is nothing to be excited about, nothing at all,'' said Gordon, who missed most of the past four seasons because of drug suspensions. ''We don't come to work to get ties. It's the equivalent of a loss to me.''

The Steelers played their opener without star running back Le'Veon Bell, who remains away from the team in a contract dispute. As Bell continued his holdout in warm and dry South Florida, James Conner filled in and scored two touchdowns while running for 135 yards - just nine fewer than he gained as a rookie last season.

Roethlisberger threw three interceptions in the first half and finished 23 of 41 for 335 yards, throwing a 22-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to Antonio Brown.

Down 21-7 in the fourth quarter, the Browns were on the verge of their 18th straight loss.

But they forced a fumble by Conner and scored quickly on Carlos Hyde's 1-yard run to pull within a touchdown.

Cleveland's defense then forced a punt before Taylor connected with Gordon, who was playing in his first opener since 2012, made a gorgeous leaping catch in the corner over Steelers cornerback Cameron Sutton.

In his debut with Cleveland, Taylor completed 15 of 40 passes for 197 yards.

BUNGLING BROWNS

Cleveland gave up seven sacks and committed 11 penalties, including four on false starts.

''Tyrod got hit way too much,'' left guard Joel Bitonio said.

ROOKIE SHINES

Browns rookie cornerback Denzel Ward intercepted Roethlisberger twice in his NFL debut. Both picks by the No. 4 overall selection came in the first half.

''We got guys who can get the ball and are ball hawks,'' defensive lineman Myles Garrett said. ''Denzel is one of them.''

INJURIES

Steelers: CB Joe Haden injured his hamstring in the second half and did not return.

Browns: DE Emmanuel Ogbah left briefly with an ankle injury in the first quarter but returned.

LEFT OUT

It was a tough week for Browns rookie guard Austin Corbett. First, the No. 33 overall pick was replaced in the starting lineup when coach Hue Jackson slid Joel Bitonio back to left guard and put undrafted rookie Desmond Harrison in at left tackle. Corbett figured to be a backup on game day, but was one of the club's inactives.

UP NEXT

Steelers: Host Kansas City on Sept. 16.

Browns: Visit New Orleans on Sept. 16

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Key Players
J. Conner 30 RB
135 RuYds, 2 RuTDs, 57 ReYds, 5 RECs
28
FPTS
T. Taylor 5 QB
197 PaYds, PaTD, INT, 77 RuYds, RuTD
24
FPTS
Scoring Summary
Overtime
No scoring this quarter
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:58
Z.Gonzalez extra point is GOOD Center-C.Hughlett Holder-B.Colquitt.
plays
yds
pos
21
21
Touchdown 2:03
T.Taylor pass short right to J.Gordon for 17 yards TOUCHDOWN.
2
plays
55
yds
00:12
pos
21
20
Point After TD 7:32
Z.Gonzalez extra point is GOOD Center-C.Hughlett Holder-B.Colquitt.
plays
yds
pos
21
14
Touchdown 7:36
C.Hyde right guard for 1 yard TOUCHDOWN.
1
plays
1
yds
00:04
pos
21
13
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 5:23
C.Boswell extra point is GOOD Center-K.Canaday Holder-J.Berry. PENALTY on CLV Leverage 15 yards enforced between downs.
plays
yds
pos
21
7
Touchdown 5:29
J.Conner left guard for 22 yards TOUCHDOWN.
2
plays
39
yds
00:45
pos
20
7
Point After TD 8:24
C.Boswell extra point is GOOD Center-K.Canaday Holder-J.Berry.
plays
yds
pos
14
7
Touchdown 8:29
B.Roethlisberger pass deep right to A.Brown for 22 yards TOUCHDOWN.
3
plays
74
yds
1:41
pos
13
7
Point After TD 10:05
Z.Gonzalez extra point is GOOD Center-C.Hughlett Holder-B.Colquitt.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 10:15
T.Taylor scrambles left guard for 20 yards TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
86
yds
4:55
pos
7
6
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 11:16
C.Boswell extra point is GOOD Center-K.Canaday Holder-J.Berry.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 11:19
J.Conner right guard for 4 yards TOUCHDOWN.
10
plays
88
yds
5:39
pos
6
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Team Stats
Time of Pos 35:12 34:48
1st Downs 25 22
Rushing 7 10
Passing 17 6
Penalty 1 6
3rd Down Conv 7-15 5-18
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-1
Total Net Yards 472 327
Total Plays 80 85
Avg Gain 5.9 3.8
Net Yards Rushing 159 177
Rush Attempts 35 38
Avg Rush Yards 4.5 4.7
Net Yards Passing 313 150
Comp. - Att. 23-41 15-40
Yards Per Pass 7.6 3.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-22 7-47
Penalties - Yards 12-116 11-87
Touchdowns 3 3
Rushing TDs 2 2
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 6 1
Fumbles - Lost 3-3 1-0
Int. Thrown 3 1
Punts - Avg 7-37.1 12-37.2
Return Yards 125 61
Punts - Returns 5-56 1-15
Kickoffs - Returns 3-69 3-46
Int. - Returns 1-0 3-0
Kicking 3/4 3/4
Extra Points 3/3 3/3
Field Goals 0/1 0/1
Red Zone Eff. 2-3 -67% 2-3 -67%
Goal to Go Eff. 2-2 -100% 1-1 -100%
Safeties 0 0
1234 OTT
Steelers 0-0-1 07140021
Browns 0-0-1 00714021
313 PASS YDS 150
159 RUSH YDS 177
472 TOTAL YDS 327
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
B. Roethlisberger 7 QB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.1% 335 1 3 60.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.1% 670 2 6 60.5
B. Roethlisberger 23/41 335 1 3 10
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Conner 30 RB
28
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
31 135 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
62 270 4
J. Conner 31 135 2 22 28
B. Roethlisberger 7 QB
10
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 16 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 32 0
B. Roethlisberger 3 16 0 15 10
R. Switzer 18 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
2 16 0
R. Switzer 1 8 0 8 0
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Smith-Schuster 19 WR
11
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
8 5 119 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 238 0
J. Smith-Schuster 8 5 119 0 67 11
A. Brown 84 WR
15
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
16 9 93 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 18 186 2
A. Brown 16 9 93 1 22 15
J. James 81 TE
6
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 3 60 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 120 0
J. James 5 3 60 0 37 6
J. Conner 30 RB
28
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 5 57 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 10 114 0
J. Conner 6 5 57 0 19 28
J. Hunter 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
5 1 6 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 12 0
J. Hunter 5 1 6 0 6 0
R. Switzer 18 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
R. Switzer 1 0 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
T. Watt 90 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-3 0 4.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
16-6 0 8.0
T. Watt 8-3 4.0 0 0
C. Heyward 97 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-4 0 2.0
C. Heyward 5-2 1.0 0 0
S. Tuitt 91 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 0.0
S. Tuitt 4-0 0.0 0 0
B. Dupree 48 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 2.0
B. Dupree 4-1 1.0 0 1
J. Bostic 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-5 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-10 0 2.0
J. Bostic 4-5 1.0 0 0
S. Davis 21 SAF
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-2 0 0.0
S. Davis 4-1 0.0 0 0
V. Williams 98 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-8 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-16 0 0.0
V. Williams 4-8 0.0 0 0
M. Hilton 28 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
M. Hilton 3-0 0.0 0 0
J. Haden 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
J. Haden 2-1 0.0 0 0
J. Hargrave 79 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
J. Hargrave 2-1 0.0 0 0
C. Sutton 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 2 0.0
C. Sutton 2-0 0.0 1 0
M. Burnett 42 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
M. Burnett 1-1 0.0 0 0
T. Alualu 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
T. Alualu 0-1 0.0 0 0
A. Burns 25 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-4 0 0.0
A. Burns 0-2 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
C. Boswell 9 K
3
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
0/2 6/6
C. Boswell 0/1 0 3/3 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Berry 4 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
7 39.3 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
14 39.3 6
J. Berry 7 39.3 3 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Switzer 18 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 23.0 28 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 23.0 28 0
R. Switzer 3 23.0 28 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Switzer 18 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
5 11.2 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 11.2 22 0
R. Switzer 5 11.2 22 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT FPTS
T. Taylor 5 QB
24
FPTS
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
37.5% 197 1 1 51.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
37.5% 394 2 2 51.8
T. Taylor 15/40 197 1 1 24
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG FPTS
T. Taylor 5 QB
24
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 77 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
16 154 2
T. Taylor 8 77 1 24 24
C. Hyde 34 RB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
22 62 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
44 124 2
C. Hyde 22 62 1 12 12
N. Chubb 24 RB
2
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 42 0
N. Chubb 3 21 0 17 2
D. Johnson 29 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 34 0
D. Johnson 5 17 0 13 1
Receiving TAR REC YDS TD LG FPTS
J. Landry 80 WR
10
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
15 7 106 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 14 212 0
J. Landry 15 7 106 0 39 10
R. Higgins 81 WR
3
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
4 1 38 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 76 0
R. Higgins 4 1 38 0 38 3
J. Gordon 12 WR
7
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
3 1 17 1
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 34 2
J. Gordon 3 1 17 1 17 7
D. Njoku 85 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
7 3 13 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 6 26 0
D. Njoku 7 3 13 0 8 1
D. Fells 88 TE
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 12 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 24 0
D. Fells 1 1 12 0 12 1
D. Johnson 29 RB
1
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
6 1 8 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 16 0
D. Johnson 6 1 8 0 8 1
C. Hyde 34 RB
12
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
2 1 3 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 2 6 0
C. Hyde 2 1 3 0 3 12
A. Callaway 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 0 0 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 0 0 0
A. Callaway 1 0 0 0 0 0
T. Taylor 5 QB
24
FPTS
IN-GAME TGT REC YDS TD
1 1 -5 0
SEASON TGT REC YDS TD
- 1 -5 0
T. Taylor 1 1 -5 0 0 24
Defense T-A SACK INT FF
T. Mitchell 39 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
12-0 0 0.0
T. Mitchell 6-0 0.0 0 0
M. Garrett 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-1 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
10-2 0 4.0
M. Garrett 5-1 2.0 0 2
J. Collins 51 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-4 0 0.0
J. Collins 4-2 0.0 0 0
C. Kirksey 58 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-4 0 0.0
C. Kirksey 3-2 0.0 0 0
L. Ogunjobi 65 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-8 0 2.0
L. Ogunjobi 3-4 1.0 0 0
B. Boddy-Calhoun 20 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
B. Boddy-Calhoun 3-1 0.0 0 0
G. Avery 55 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 2.0
G. Avery 3-1 1.0 0 1
J. Peppers 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-6 0 0.0
J. Peppers 3-3 0.0 0 0
D. Randall 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 2 0.0
D. Randall 3-1 0.0 1 0
D. Ward 21 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-4 2 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-8 4 0.0
D. Ward 2-4 0.0 2 0
J. Schobert 53 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-6 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-12 0 0.0
J. Schobert 2-6 0.0 0 0
C. Smith 50 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 0.0
C. Smith 1-2 0.0 0 0
D. Kindred 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-4 0 0.0
D. Kindred 1-2 0.0 0 0
T. Coley 93 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-4 0 0.0
T. Coley 1-2 0.0 0 0
E. Ogbah 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-2 0 0.0
E. Ogbah 0-1 0.0 0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Z. Gonzalez 2 K
3
FPTS
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 3/3
SEASON FG XP
0/2 6/6
Z. Gonzalez 0/1 0 3/3 3
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Colquitt 4 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
12 43.5 6
SEASON NO AVG IN20
24 43.5 12
B. Colquitt 12 43.5 6 57
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
T. Carrie 38 DB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 14.0 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 14.0 14 0
T. Carrie 1 14.0 14 0
J. Peppers 22 DB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 24.0 24 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 24.0 24 0
J. Peppers 1 24.0 24 0
A. Callaway 11 WR
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 8.0 8 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 8.0 8 0
A. Callaway 1 8.0 8 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Peppers 22 DB
0
FPTS
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 15.0 15 0
J. Peppers 1 15.0 15 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PIT 25 1:31 3 8 Punt
10:11 PIT 20 2:29 5 23 Punt
6:34 PIT 50 1:02 4 32 INT
2:07 PIT 12 5:39 10 88 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:43 PIT 9 1:51 7 54 INT
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
9:59 PIT 26 1:41 3 74 TD
6:18 CLE 39 0:45 2 39 TD
3:33 PIT 14 6:16 12 52 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:56 PIT 14 2:08 4 -3 Punt
7:32 PIT 28 0:51 2 9 Fumble
5:22 PIT 5 3:04 6 14 Punt
1:58 PIT 31 0:29 3 1 Punt
0:23 PIT 8 0:16 1 -1 Half
OT POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:43 PIT 17 3:14 5 11 Punt
4:31 PIT 45 2:47 8 31 FG Miss
1:17 PIT 26 0:41 3 12 Fumble
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:35 CLE 36 3:21 6 16 Punt
7:51 CLE 14 1:15 4 11 Punt
5:32 CLE 10 3:27 6 16 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:16 CLE 25 3:46 7 28 Punt
7:30 PIT 28 4:46 7 26 Punt
0:51 PIT 45 0:42 2 -14 Half
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 CLE 14 4:55 10 86 TD
8:24 CLE 8 2:16 5 6 Punt
5:23 CLE 11 1:56 6 42 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:15 CLE 12 1:21 3 17 Punt
8:52 PIT 47 0:58 7 29 Downs
7:49 PIT 18 0:08 1 -1 Fumble
7:44 PIT 1 0:04 1 1 TD
6:48 PIT 37 1:27 3 -2 Punt
2:20 CLE 45 0:12 2 55 TD
1:29 CLE 29 1:13 5 28 INT
OT POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:00 CLE 25 1:17 3 9 Punt
5:29 CLE 19 0:58 3 7 Punt
1:44 CLE 32 0:27 3 0 Punt
0:36 PIT 24 0:27 3 -1 FG Miss