After review, Hue Jackson says Steelers weren't offsides on Browns missed field goal in overtime

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.

Hey, progress.

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.

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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