For the second straight season the Steelers won their final game of the season to wrap up a season at .500 at 8-8.
Unlike last season though, the club had a lot more to play for Sunday, as they needed a win and early losses by the Ravens and Dolphins to keep their playoff hopes alive.
They took care of business beating the Browns 20-7, and got favors from the Bengals and Jets, who beat the Ravens and Dolphins, knocking both out of the postseason.
The Steelers needed one more favor, and it’s a big one – a win by the Chiefs, who are resting nearly all their starters, over the Chargers.
As for Sunday, the team played more than well enough to beat a Browns team that dropped 10 of their last 11 games.
Le’Veon Bell ran for 90 yards and a touchdown, and passed Franco Harris for most yards from scrimmage by a rookie.
Ben Roethlisberger threw for 179 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions in a steady rain.
The victory means the Steelers after an 0-4 start end the regular season going 8-4. They also rallied to go 6-2 over the final eight weeks of the regular season.
Cleveland once again wraps up the season at the basement of the AFC North. They used three different QB’s, traded former first-round pick Trent Richardson, and now face rumors the team may fire first-year head coach Rob Chudzinski.
Jason Campbell went 23 of 40 passes for 240 yards with a touchdown. Overall it was the 7th straight loss for Cleveland, including setbacks to the Jaguars at home and the Jets.
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