After review, Hue Jackson says Steelers weren't offsides on Browns missed field goal in overtime
Since Jackson joined Cleveland in 2016, the team is 1-31-1
The Browns tied the Steelers 21-21 in their regular-season opener, marking their best start since 2004. That's right, it has been 14 years since Cleveland won in Week 1. And while they didn't manage a victory Sunday, they didn't lose either.
But after the game coach Hue Jackson, who is now 1-31-1 since joining the team in 2016, wondered if the Steelers got away with one. With 13 seconds left in overtime, the Browns' 43-yard field goal was blocked by Pittsburgh linebacker T.J. Watt.
"The miss at the end I think had nothing to do with the conditions," Jackson said Sunday, referring to the monsoon-type weather that lasted the entire afternoon. "I would like to see the play because I thought someone was offside."
By Monday, after Jackson had time to review the film, he reconsidered.
Either way, the game shouldn't have been close; the Browns forced six turnovers on the day, which should have guaranteed them a win in regulation.
The last turnover came three plays before the missed field goal. Linebacker Joe Schobert recovered a Ben Roethlisberger fumble and returned it to the Steelers' 14-yard line. But a penalty on Myles Garrett brought the ball back to the 24. The Browns lost a yard on first down, setting up the 43-yard attempt that never had a chance.
"The trajectory of the ball was kind of low," kicker Zane Gonzalez said afterwards, via Cleveland.com. "They were able to make a play. They made the play when they had to for this game to end in a tie."
Now the Browns head to New Orleans in search of their first win since the 2016 season. The good news is that the Browns are 13-4 lifetime against the Saints, including a 5-1 mark dating back to 1993. Cleveland has also won its last three games in the New Orleans. God help us all if the Browns are 1-0-1 in a week's time.
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