CLEVELAND – They didnt look like themselves at all. Not with the turnovers, penalties and blown chances.
These werent the Pittsburgh Steelers of old.
And it had little to do with their 37-year-old quarterback.
That was an ugly performance, coach Mike Tomlin said.
With their playoff lives in peril, the Steelers committed eight turnovers and third-string QB Charlie Batch didnt do enough to overcome the miscues as Pittsburgh lost 20-14 to Cleveland on Sunday, giving the Browns a rare win over their hated rivals.
When you turn the ball over the way we did, youre not going to beat anybody, Tomlin said. We were highly penalized. When you do those things, youre going to lose. I dont care who is playing quarterback.
Batch, forced to start because of injuries to Ben Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich, threw three interceptions and the Steelers (6-5) lost five fumbles, the last on a desperation final-play lateral as they fell to the Browns (3-8) for just the second time in 18 games.
Batch finished 20 of 34 for 199 yards but couldnt rally the stumbling Steelers the way Big Ben can.
I have to put it on my shoulders, Batch said. We had a chance to win, actually two, and I turned it over. Cant do that. I made some bad throws. We had all the fumbles, and yet we still had a chance to win, thats the crazy part.
Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden sustained a concussion in the final minutes.
Coach Pat Shurmur said the 29-year-old Weeden was being treated for the head injury, which happened when he hit his head while throwing.
Browns rookie Trent Richardson rushed for 85 yards, scoring the go-ahead TD on a 15-yard run in the third.
The win pleased new Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, who had a minority share of the Steelers before buying the Browns in August.
Ive seen it the other way around, Haslam said. Its good to see their fans leaving and our fans staying and cheering. It was a great win for us. Its nice for me, but its bigger for our coaches and our players.