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Conner Steps Up, But Turnovers Doom the Steelers in an Ugly 21-21 Opening Day Tie in Cleveland

CLEVELAND – Last season the Steelers were not sharp in their season opener against the Browns, but did enough for a 21-18 win over their AFC North rivals.

Sunday in a driving rain there was no suck luck, as the Steelers gave the ball away a mind-numbing six times, and needed a blocked field goal by T.J. Watt with :13 seconds left in overtime to survive a 21-21 tie in Cleveland.

It’s the first opening day tie in the NFL since 1971, as the Broncos and the Dolphins played to a 10-10 tie to start the season.

Now 47 years later, the Browns and Steelers will wake up on Monday each with a mark of 0-0-1.

Here’s takeaways from the ugly opening day contest, as the Steelers will now get ready for their home opener on Sunday at Heinz Field against the Chiefs.

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Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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  1. rocky Falleti

    September 10, 2018 at 12:12 am

    Too many wasted possessions in the 4th quarter trying to run the clock out. Our OC needs to call a better game and not just run on 1st and 2nd then pass on third down. The lack of preseason play for our offensive starters showed that they were not ready for the game.

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