Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gerry Dulac's Two- Minute Drill

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gerry Dulac's Two- Minute Drill

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GAME BALL goes to: ILB Lawrence Timmons

After giving up an average of 26.7 points in their past four games, the Steelers defense needed an emotional lift and Timmons helped provide it. He made three big defensive stops in the first half and finished with eight tackles, including two for a loss, and a sack. And, after getting beat for a 35-yard touchdown on a swing pass to RB Fozzy Whittaker, Timmons atoned with an interception with 55 seconds remaining. "We were talking before the game, and I told him I expect a big game out of him, and he produced," DE Cam Heyward said.

X's AND O's

Antonio Brown finished three catches shy of breaking the single- season team record held by Hines Ward (112), but he became the first player in NFL history to have at least five catches and 50 yards in every game in a 16-game season. Brown finished with nine catches for 87 yards, giving him110 catches and a club-record 1,499 yards for the season. "He's our team MVP; he's highly productive," coach Mike Tomlin said. "He wants to be one of the key reasons why we're successful."

THE COUNTDOWN A quick look at the top performances from the game Sunday vs. the Browns:

1.) Bell tolls: In a game in which he set the team's rookie record for scrimmage yards in a season (1,259), Le'Veon Bell delivered his biggest moment on a 5-yard touchdown run that gave the Steelers a 14-0 lead. Bell carried eight times for 41 yards on a 14- play drive and capped the series with a run in which he spun off right tackle and pushed three Browns defenders into the end zone. "Franco Harris is one of the greatest runners to ever come through here," Bell said. "Being mentioned with him is a great accomplishment."

2.) What a catch: Jerricho Cotchery showed why he is one of the best bargains in the NFL, catching his team-best and career-high 10th touchdown pass when he dived over the pylon for a 9-yard score to make it 7-0. …

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