Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Steelers Cruise Past Browns, 30-9

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Steelers Cruise Past Browns, 30-9

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Ben Roethlisberger entered a game as a substitute quarterback for the first time in 11 years, threw for nearly 400 yards and three touchdowns and the Steelers breezed past the Cleveland Browns, 30- 9, Sunday at Heinz Field.

Roethlisberger, who left a game last week against Oakland with a mid-foot sprain, replaced starter Landry Jones early in the first quarter with the scored tied ,3-3. Jones' left ankle was injured on the final play of the game's second series.

Roethlisberger threw two touchdown passes to Antonio Brown and another to Martavis Bryant. He completed 22 of 33 passes for 379 yards and one interception. Bryant caught six passes for 178 yards and Brown 10 for 139 yards. The Browns also committed four pass- interference penalties for 141 yards.

Their second victory in a row elevated the Steelers to 6-4 with an off week before they resume play Nov. 29 at Seattle. Cleveland fell to 2-8.

Roethlisberger completed 18 of 23 passes for 286 yards in the first half, when he guided the Steelers to three scores, including touchdown passes to Brown and Bryant in the second quarter.

Jones started for Roethlisberger, who practiced in a limited way two days the past week and was listed as questionable for the game. Coach Mike Tomlin decided to start Jones but dressed Roethlisberger as the No. 2 quarterback for the first time since the second game of his rookie season.

Jones' left ankle was injured when right tackle Marcus Gilbert inadvertently stepped on him while pass blocking from the Cleveland 6 on a third-down pass that was incomplete.

As Roethlisberger jumped up to warm up on the sideline, Boswell kicked the first of his two field goals in the opening period for a 3-0 Steelers lead.

Cleveland responded to tie it on Travis Coons' 23-yard field goal that came after Johnny Manziel completed a 61-yard pass to Travis Benjamin. Manziel, starting for the injured Josh McCown, threw a 7- yard touchdown pass to Gary Barnidge in the fourth quarter. He completed 33 of 45 passes for 372 yards and one interception for his best game in his two seasons.

Roethlisberger then came on for his first relief appearance since the second game of his rookie season in 2004, when he replaced an injured Tommy Maddox in Baltimore. …

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