The Browns have had an emphatic start to their first playoff game in 18 years. On the game's first play from scrimmage, safety Karl Joseph corralled a fumble in the end zone to give the Browns an early 7-0 lead in their wild-card game against the Steelers.
Pittsburgh compounded its mistake moments later, when Roethlisberger was picked off by M.J. Stewart. The pick set up Baker Mayfield's 40-yard touchdown pass to Jarvis Landry, as Cleveland stormed out to a 14-0 first quarter lead.
The Browns are playing tonight without coach Kevin Stefanski, who is currently on the team's COVID-19 list. Cleveland is also without starting offensive guard Joel Bitonio and cornerback Denzel Ward. The team's COVID-19 outbreak forced the Browns to hold virtual practices for most of the week leading up to Sunday night's game. But despite those challenges, the Browns jumped out to a quick lead over the Steelers, who won the AFC North after going 12-4 during the regular season.
Cleveland is playing in its first playoff game since 2002, when they built a 24-7 lead over Pittsburgh before losing, 36-33. The Steelers are trying to win their first playoff game since 2016.