Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster makes a reception during the game against the (Marlon Martin / Golden Sky Media)CLEVELAND (GSM) — The stage is set. The prime time rematch between the Steelers and Browns will take place during the wild card round of the playoffs.
The Steelers (12-4) lost to the Browns (11-5) 24-22 at FirstEnergy Stadium Sunday afternoon. It was a game that Cleveland needed to win to snap an 18-year drought of making the postseason. Despite Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Haden, Maurkice Pouncey, TJ Watt and Cam Heyward taking this game off, Pittsburgh still gave the Browns a run.
This will be the third meeting between these two teams with a 1-1 split during the 2020 season and this will also be third time in both franchises history where they will meet in the playoffs. The Steelers have won both meetings.
Kickoff is scheduled for Sunday Jan. 10, 2021 at 8:15pm EST at Heinz Field.
(GSM) — Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has been suspended without salary for the remainder of the 2019 NFL season following an altercation with Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph.
The incident took place in Cleveland during the Thursday night matchup with 8-seconds left to play in the game where Garrett forcibly removed Rudolph’s helmet and hit him over the head with it. Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey proceeded to throw punches, striking Garrett several times prior to kicking him while on the ground.
The National Football League hit both the Steelers and Browns with stiff financial penalties and said in a statement, “The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns organizations have each been fined $250,000 and three players – Cleveland’s MYLES GARRETT and LARRY OGUNJOBI, and Pittsburgh’s MAURKICE POUNCEY – have been suspended without pay for their actions in Thursday night’s game,” The statement read. “Garrett has been suspended without pay indefinitely – at a minimum for the remainder of the regular season and postseason – and must meet with the commissioner’s office prior to a decision on his reinstatement. He was also fined an additional amount. Garrett violated unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct rules, as well as fighting, removing the helmet of an opponent and using the helmet as a weapon.”
Art Rooney II, president of the Pittsburgh Steelers released a statement on the incident:
“As an organization, we are disappointed with what occurred last night near the end of our game against the Cleveland Browns. The actions of the players involved were not something that should be part of any football game. Our players, coaches and everyone in the Steelers organization understand that we must always maintain composure, no matter what happens. After a hard-fought game between two rivals, it is a shame that the game ended that way.”
The Cleveland Browns also commented publicly about what transpired Thursday night via owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam:
“We are extremely disappointed in what transpired last evening at the end of our game. There is no place for that in football and that is not reflective of the core values we strive for as an organization. We sincerely apologize to Mason Rudolph and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Myles Garrett has been a good teammate and member of our organization and community for the last three years but his actions last night were completely unacceptable. We understand the consequences from the league for his actions.”
PITTSBURGH – The Steelers were victorious in the wake of tragedy.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin, although proud of his team’s 33-18 victory against the Browns Sunday, started his opening remarks referencing the shooting at Tree of Life synagogue where 11 people lost their lives over the weekend. A resident of the Squirrel Hill community himself he said the massacre hit close to home.
Let me start by representing our organization and saying that our hearts go out to the victims of yesterday’s shooting, the Squirrel Hill community and the community of Pittsburgh at large. I am a member of the Squirrel Hill community, personally, and words cannot express how we feel as members of this community. We are prayerful.
As for the game, Running back James Conner rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns to help his team seal the win. Tomlin, who watched Conner play at Pitt, not surprised by what he can do. “I had a front row seat for his college exploits,” Tomlin Said. “Not that we’re surprised by his talents or his play demeanor or his displays of will. It’s pretty impressive.”
Conner, humble in his approach, says he loves football and will do what it takes to win. “I’m just doing what I love to do. I’m trying to be in the right sport for Ben in the check-downs [and] trying to put the ball in the right spots in the run game.”
In what some are calling a blowout, offensive lineman Ramon foster says even though the score was high, Their AFC North rival has improved over time. “They are a really good team. They’re not the Browns of old. They’ve got a lot of high picks. They’ve got guys who understand how to play the game a little bit better.”
The Steelers head to Baltimore this weekend to face the Ravens on November 4. The Ravens lost to the Carolina Panthers 36-21.