Browns Comeback Falls Short, Steelers Win Opener 21-18

The touchdown was the team's first touchdown in the first quarter of a season opener since 2010, which looks to be a good sign for the Browns offensively with a rookie leading the way for them under center.

When the Pittsburgh Steelers take the field against divisional rival Cleveland Sunday, all eyes will be on the offense.

The Steelers tried to set the tone quickly.

A blocked punt gave the Steelers an early 7-0 lead against the Browns early in the first quarter.

Pittsburgh linebacker Tyler Matakevich burst through the line and Anthony Chickillo jumped on it in the end zone, ending Cleveland's first drive of the season in tremendous failure.

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Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer threw his first touchdown pass of his National Football League career with about four minutes left in the game.

Of the 75 yards the Steelers gained on their six plays from scrimmage on the drive, 41 came on a pass interference penalty against Browns cornerback Jamar Taylor on a throw intended for Brown. Kizer scored two plays later.

The Steelers expanded their advantage to 21-10 on the following possession when Roethlisberger hooked up with James for a 2-yard pass out of an empty backfield. But after the way the team played today, Browns fans have to be much more optimistic than they have been in the past. First-round pick T.J. Watt is the starter at right outside linebacker.

NOTES: CB Joe Haden, who was cut by the Browns on August 30, started for the Steelers.

Game time is finally upon us! Cleveland T Joe Thomas, who has never missed a snap with the Browns, started his 161st straight game on Sunday.

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