Steelers DE Cam Heyward says tie against Browns ‘feels like a loss’

Cleveland Browns 2018 new season begins as Browns battle Steelers

The game ended in a 21-21 tie after Zane Gonzalez's 43-yard field goal attempt in the driving rain with 9 seconds left in overtime fell short after being blocked by the Steelers' T.J. Watt.

Browns coach Hue Jackson felt the Steelers were offside on the climactic kick.

The two-time Pro Bowler left the game at Cleveland after pulling up on a special-teams play.

"It's the nature of the game", DeCastro said. "He's continuing to get better as well". "I don't think it's really settled in yet".

"We've just got to finish the game out", Burns said. "A tie. a tie". It was also the first time the Browns did not lose in 17 games and the first tie for the Steelers since November 2002.

They failed to win the game despite getting six takeaways by their opportunistic defense: three interceptions and three fumble recoveries.

There are countless statistics that show how awful the Browns have been for the past decade, but one from Sunday's tie really jumps out. The Steelers defense had seven totals sacks. Rodgers threw three touchdown passes, including a 75-yarder to Randall Cobb with 2:13 left in the game. He was sacked four times and stripped twice, finishing with a rating of 51.4.

The Browns remain winless since December 24, 2016, but at least they have a positive after going 0-16 last season, just the second team to lose all 16 games. "That's what the National Football League does", free safety Sean Davis said. Roosevelt Nix got penetration, and Britton Colquitt uncorked a 29-yard punt to start Pittsburgh at its own 45.

In his debut with Cleveland, Tyrod Taylor completed 15 of 40 passes for 197 yards.

As Le'Veon Bell continues to stay away from the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team does not plan to trade the star running back or rescind his franchise tag, sources told ESPN. Carlos Hyde punched it in to narrow the gap to 21-14. His only catch was a game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter. He scrambled to his left for 12 yards at the two-minute warning.

Roethlisberger threw three interceptions in the first half and finished 23 of 41 for 335 yards, throwing a 22-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to Antonio Brown.

Jackson wouldn't pinpoint Taylor's problems in the opener - he led the team in rushing and ran for a TD - but made it clear the 28-year-old had better step up his game. Before then, they looked stagnant on offense with just a broken play touchdown run by Taylor keeping them alive at 21-7.

Opinions as to whether to love or hate the Browns' 21-all battle with the Steelers vary, but there are some irrefutable applications about a tie.



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