If this is Ben Roethlisberger’s last game at Heinz Field, he will come out victorious.
Deont Johnson earned a 5-yard touchdown pass from Rothlisberger, Chris Boswell scored four field goals, and sacked Pittsburgh’s Baker Mayfield defense nine times — four of which came from TJ Watt — in a 26-14 win over the Cleveland Browns on Monday night.
Watt’s four sacks give him 21.5 sacks this season, putting him one sack behind the NFL record of 22.5 set by Michael Strahan in the 2001 season with the New York Giants.
Watt is the Steelers’ first player to have four sacks in a game since Joey Porter picked up four sacks against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2001. He is the third player this season to have at least four sacks a game, joining Miles Garrett of the Browns (4.5. vs. Chicago ) and Chandler Jones of the Arizona Cardinals (5.0 vs. Tennessee).
Pittsburgh’s win ensures its 18th consecutive season without losing a single record. They will finish no worse than 8-8-1 this season. This covers the entire term of Rothlisberger’s tenure in Pittsburgh.
While it was Rothlisberger’s stage, it was Watt, the Steelers’ defense and Nagy Harris who led the way to victory.
Harris rushed for 188 yards on a 28 carry-on and beat Franco Harris’ record in the most dashing yards by a rookie in Steelers history. Harris had 1,055 flush yards in 14 games as a rookie in 1972. Harris finished the night at 1,172 yards for the season. The 188 yards is the eighth-largest by a Steelers player in history.
Watt carried the stellar dash pass for Pittsburgh as well. Watt, Alex Highsmith (2.0), Cam Heyward, Henry Mundo and Derek Tosca met for a nine-sack night for the Steelers’ defense.
Roethlisberger finished the night with 123 passing yards with a touchdown and 46 interceptions.
After Johnson’s touchdown gave the Steelers on the board, Chris Boswell kicked field goals from 22 and 30 yards to take a 13-0 lead at halftime.
A sack by Roethlisberger’s Jadeveon Clowney backed the Steelers up to their 4-yard line. After a penalty kick, Donovan caught Peoples-Jones 39 yards in a shot to run through the Steelers High School to reach the scoring center. After two runs of Nick Chubb getting close to the Browns, David Njoku earned 3 yards from the touchdown for the Browns on the board.
Boswell extended the difference again with field goals from 50 and 48 yards to make it 19-7 a game with just 5:48 left.
Harrison Bryant caught a 1-yard touchdown from Mayfield to cut the lead to 19-14 with 1:10 left. Harris then broke a free kick for the 37-yard track after the Steelers reclaimed a kick to the side to put the match away.
Roethlisberger knelt to victory after Trey Norwood Mayfield intercepted 10 seconds left.
Mayfield completed 16 of 38 passes for 185 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.