The Pittsburgh Steelers did what they had to do and defeated the Cleveland Browns in the final week of the season, but they will still have to play next week. The Baltimore Ravens defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in the other AFC North clash, meaning that despite their 13-9 victory, the Steelers will be the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs.
Because the division hung in the balance coming into the game, Ben Roethlisberger played in the game with a badly sprained ankle. He was much better than he was in his previous game on the bad ankle against the San Fransisco 49ers, but was still far from his best. He was 23/40 passing and did not throw a touchdown pass.
The first half was poor, with neither team doing much on offense. Phil Dawson made a couple of field goals early and got the Browns off to a decent start with a 6-0 lead in the second quarter. Pittsburgh picked up a bit of a momentum at the end of the half, putting together a late drive to set up a last-second field goal and send the teams into halftime with the Browns up 6-3.
Pittsburgh took over in the third quarter, scoring a field goal early to tie it up, then scoring a touchdown on their next drive. Isaac Redman capped off a six-play, 41-yard drive with a seven-yard touchdown run that put his team up 13-6. The Browns would add a field goal, but couldn't do more than that. An impressive late drive set up a shot at the end zone for the win, but Seneca Wallace's last-second desperation heave was knocked down to give the Steelers the 13-9 win.