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

4. Foot on the Throat

The Steelers looked like a team that was ready to cruise to an opening day win as they lead 21-7 with 7:44 to play after they stopped the Browns on downs, but just like that the game turned around.

It happened with a fumble by new starter James Conner, who put the ball on the ground after getting it stripped by Myles Garrett, and it was recovered by Jabrill Peppers.

The Browns on the very next play scored to make it a 21-14 game, and it got the crowd (of what was left and wasn’t Steeler fans) back into the game, and after yet another turnover after Roethlisberger fumbled, the Browns tied the game at 21.

Good teams don’t allow teams back into games, even if they are division rivals and it’s on the road, and the Steelers let that happen Sunday.

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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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