Ben Roethlisberger improved to 16-1 against the Cleveland Browns, and his Pittsburgh Steelers climbed to 25-5 against Cleveland since 1999 in a 27-11 win for the Steelers against the Browns on Sunday in Cleveland.
With the victory, the Steelers (5-6) have won 5-of-7 games following an 0-4 start to the season, and have moved into a six-way tie for the final wild card playoff spot in the American Football Conference. They will meet one of the other 5-6 teams, the Ravens, in a Thanksgiving night game in Baltimore.
Roethlisberger threw touchdown passes to Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders, William Gay returned an interception for a score, and Shaun Suisham kicked a pair of field goals.
The Steelers’ defense sparkled, despite an historic day by Browns receiver Josh Gordon, who tied his team’s record with 14 receptions for a club-record 237 yards and a touchdown. In addition to the pick by Gay, Steelers defenders recovered three fumbles by Cleveland (4-7).
Roethlisberger completed 23-of-34 passes for 217 yards with no interceptions. Brown (92 yards) and Sanders (52 yards) both caught six passes. Le’Veon Bell carried the ball 23 times for 80 yards.