PITTSBURGH - OCTOBER 17: Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers talks to Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns after defeating the Cleveland Browns 28-10 on October 17 2010 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Cleveland Vs. Pittsburgh: Banged Up Steelers Win 14-3

The Pittsburgh Steelers will attempt to keep their division championship hopes alive when they host the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.

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Thursday Night Football, Browns Vs. Steelers Final Score: Pittsburgh Walks Away With A Win, 14-3

To the surprise of most, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger came back out after halftime and got back on the football field. He was visibly hobbled, struggling to move around in the pocket. The Steelers offense became naturally run centric, but struggled to score in the third quarter. Luckily for the Steelers however, the Browns offense didn't fair much better as both teams went scoreless in the third quarter.

The fourth quarter started with the Steelers having the football and thanks to two long passes by a hobbled Roethlisberger, the Steelers were right on the goal line. A long pass to Mike Wallace looked initially like a touchdown, but after review Wallace's knee was down. While it looked like a sure thing the Steelers would score from the goal line, thanks in part to some spectacular play by linebacker Chris Gocong, the Browns made a goal line stand.

The Browns couldn't do much backed up on their own goal, but after punting the ball to the Steelers were able to pick off an errant throw by Roethlisberger. Big Ben was picked off in part because of his leg injury, as he couldn't step into the throw. On the ensuing Browns drive, McCoy was crushed by James Harrison in a hit that will undoubtedly bring a fine. Two plays later, McCoy was back into the football game but ended the drive throwing a bad interception in the endzone.

After the interception, Roethlisberger connected with Antonio Brown on a 79-yard catch and run touchdown, with some nifty moves by Brown to avoid some Browns defensive backs. The touchdown all but put the game away for the Steelers as they walked away with a 14-3 victory. Despite being hobbled with a leg injury, Ben Roethlisberger completed 17 out of 22 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns. Antonio Brown had a huge night for the Steelers, hauling in five catches for 151 yards and a touchdown.

It was another rough outing for Colt McCoy and the Browns offense, with McCoy completing just 18 of 35 passes and throwing two interceptions. Once again, the Browns were kept out of the endzone.

For more on the Browns head over to Dawgs By Nature. For more on the Steelers, check out Behind The Steel Curtain. Follow the rest of the Week 14 NFL action at SB Nation NFL.

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ANIMATED: James Harrison's Hit On Colt McCoy Will Probably Be A Costly One

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison hasn't been fined for an illegal hit in quite a while, be he can be sure he'll get one in the mail from the NFL this week. On a play in which Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy was rolling out of the pocket, McCoy dumped a pass off to only get absolutely crushed by Harrison.

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As you can see, Harrison led the shot with his head hitting McCoy right in the helmet. I don't know if I'd call the hit dirty, but given his history with hits and fines, Harrison should know by now to wrap up and hit with his shoulder rather than his helmet.

On another note, Colt McCoy came back into the game a few plays after the hit. Immediately after the hit, McCoy laid on the ground for quite a while and looked clearly dazed on the sideline. It's curious with the crackdown on concussions that McCoy would be allowed to re-enter the game. A few plays after McCoy returned, he threw a bad interception in the endzone.

For more on the Browns head over to Dawgs By Nature. For more on the Steelers, check out Behind The Steel Curtain. Follow the rest of the Week 14 NFL action at SB Nation NFL.

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Thursday Night Football, Browns Vs. Steelers Score Update: Steelers Hold 7-3 Lead At Halftime

The Pittsburgh Steelers began the second quarter with a 7-3 lead and were driving down the football field. The drive was cut short however, when wide receiver Hines Ward fumbled the football and it was recovered by Cleveland Browns defensive back Sheldon Brown. Just three plays later however, Colt McCoy was picked off by safety Troy Polamalu.

Completing a weird sting of events, two plays later Steelers tight end Heath Miller fumbled the football giving it right back to the Browns. The Browns couldn't do much with the football however, moving just a bit down the football field before punting the ball away. The next drive for the Steelers could prove to be a game changing drive, with Ben Roethlisberger going down with an ankle injury. The injury looked serious and he's doubtful to return. Not only did Roethlisberger go down, center Maurkice Pouncey also went down with a leg injury, as well as defensive lineman Ziggy Hood.

Back up quarterback Charlie Batch took over before halftime, but the offense failed to really move the football. Batch is the only other active quarterback ont he Steelers roster, and he'll lead the Steelers out after halftime.

For more on the Browns head over to Dawgs By Nature. For more on the Steelers, check out Behind The Steel Curtain. Follow the rest of the Week 14 NFL action at SB Nation NFL.

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Ben Roethlisberger Injury: Steelers QB Injures Left Leg

Ben Roethlisberger has left the Pittsburgh Steelers' Thursday night game against the Cleveland Browns with a left leg injury, sustained when Browns defenders tackled him high-low and his left ankle was rolled up on. The foot and leg appeared to bend in ways they weren't intended.

Roethlisberger was escorted immediately to the locker room as he was helped off by trainers. He wasn't able to put on weight on his left leg and his face was contorted into a grimace. Backup quarterback Charlie Batch is in for the moment. Roethlisberger has been dealing with a right thumb injury this season, but this is on a different level. 

If you don't like watching such things, don't read past this, because here's the .gif:

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That left foot looks like something really nasty happened to it. Every Steeler fan is holding his/her breath right now, because, though it's foolhardy to speculate about injuries, Big Ben was in some serious pain.

For updates on Roethlisberger and the Steelers, visit Behind The Steel Curtain.

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Thursday Night Football, Browns Vs. Steelers Score Update: Pittsburgh Holds Early 7-3 Lead

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns kicked off on Thursday Night Football with the Browns getting the football first. To the surprise of many, Browns quarterback Colt McCoy marched the Browns right down the football field, going four for four passing the football, including a deep pass to tight end Evan Moore. A few plays later, a Colt McCoy scramble looked like he got in the endzone, but the call was overturned as McCoy's elbow was down right before the goal line. Running back Peyton Hillis was stuffed on the next play and the Browns had to settle for the field goal to take an early 3-0 lead.

On the Steelers ensuing drive, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went right down the football field with ease. It took just six plays by the Steelers offense before Roethlisberger hit Jerrico Cotchery in the endzone for the 11-yard touchdown pass. After the teams offenses both marched down the field on their opening drives, they bogged down a bit. The Steelers ended the first quarter with the 7-3 lead and the football.

For more on the Browns head over to Dawgs By Nature. For more on the Steelers, check out Behind The Steel Curtain. Follow the rest of the Week 14 NFL action at SB Nation NFL.

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Steelers Vs. Browns Inactives: Peyton Hillis Active, Emmanuel Sanders Inactive

The Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers released their inactive lists for Thursday Night Football as they square off in an old-fashioned rivalry game. There are no surprises from either side as they prepare to kick off on the NFL Network.

The Browns will have running backs Peyton Hillis and Montario Hardesty active. Both were active last week against the Baltimore Ravens, but Hardesty received no touches for the game. Hillis will likely get most of the carries again as he seems fine following his hip injury. It is not a particularly good matchup for Hillis as he faces a stout Steelers defense.

The Steelers will be without Emmanuel Sanders, as expected. He is recovering from some knee and foot issues and is getting the week off. Antonio Brown will look to step up opposite Mike Wallace in Thursday's game. The Steelers will also give Lamarr Woodley the game off as they hope to have him ready in time for their Week 15 Monday Night Football showdown with the 49ers.

Browns Inactives: QB Thad Lewis, SS T.J. Ward, OG Steve Vallos, OT Oniel Cousins, TE Jordan Cameron, LB Quinton Spears, and DE Auston English.

Steelers Inactives: LB LaMarr Woodley, WR Emmanuel Sanders, LB Chris Carter, DE Al Woods, OT Jamon Meredith, WR Arnaz Battle and QB Dennis Dixon.

For more on the Browns head over to Dawgs By Nature. For more on the Steelers, check out Behind The Steel Curtain. Follow the rest of the Week 14 NFL action at SB Nation NFL.

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NFL Picks And Predictions Week 14: Browns Vs. Steelers

The heavily-favored Pittsburgh Steelers have dominated their series with the Cleveland Browns. Do NFL experts expect that to continue on Thursday night?

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Browns Vs. Steelers: TV Schedule, Game Time Announcers And More

The Pittsburgh Steelers will attempt to keep their division championship hopes alive when they host the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.

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