Perfection: Browns complete winless season with loss to Steelers

Ross Houston
December 31, 2017

If there's reason for hope, it comes through the 2018 NFL Draft, in which the Browns own the top-overall pick and five selections over the first two rounds as part of the impressive haul amassed by jettisoned VP of football operations Sashi Brown.

The Browns have not won on a Sunday afternoon since December 13, 2015.

From there it was a race to the final whistle as the Steelers worked to make sure no one got hurt before they entered the playoffs. It came on an errant toss from Steelers backup Landry Jones, making the start today for a resting Ben Roethlisberger. Smith-Schuster also added two touchdowns on the day, the first wide open reception in the end zone and the second coming from a rare kickoff return.

If the past two seasons are any indication, Dorsey has a big job ahead of him when it comes to turning around the Browns.

Ridley's touchdown run capped off an eight-play, 75-yard drive that was aided heavily by a pair of Browns penalties. Kizer had escaped pressure from the Steelers pass rush on fourth-and-2 before throwing to a wide-open Coleman up the sideline.

On Toussaint's seven-yard run, Browns linebacker Joe Schobert gave the Steelers a free 15 yards when he was flagged for a face-mask penalty that moved the ball down to the Cleveland 16-yard line.

What a fitting conclusion to a memorably forgettable season in Cleveland. The Browns went three-and-out after the turnover as Kizer misfired on a third-down pass intended for Gordon.

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