The Steelers had to defeat the Browns for their first win of the season after TJ Watt scored a touchdown on a Deshaun Watson fumble late in the fourth quarter in a dramatic game that was overshadowed by Steelers’ serious knee injury. Nick Chubb.
TJ – JJ Watt’s little brother and star Steelers linebacker – scooped up the loose ball and ran 17 yards for the touchdown with 6:58 left to extend the Steelers’ Monday night home winning streak to 21. dating directly from 1991.
Additionally, Cleveland allowed a rival to score two defensive touchdowns for the first time since Pittsburgh on October 16, 1983.
The Browns played most of the final three quarters without Chubb, who was carted off the field with what appeared to be his second major left knee injury. He suffered a dislocation and three torn ligaments while a student at Georgia.
Chubb took over from Watson early in the second quarter and reached the Pittsburgh 3 when Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick dove on Chubb’s legs. The four-time Pro Bowler’s left leg bent awkwardly beneath him as he rolled over Fitzpatrick, his knee being pushed one way while the rest of his body went the other.
Steelers LB TJ Watt returns a fumble recovery for a touchdown past several Browns players
Watt, who is the little brother of Burnley FC minority owner TJ, celebrates after his crucial TD
Watt ended up becoming the Steelers’ all-time sack leader with 81.5 sacks after his last one against the Browns on Monday Night Football.
Deshaun Watson completed 22 of 40 passes for 235 yards with one touchdown and one interception
The injury was so disturbing to watch that a replay was only shown once inside the stadium, and ESPN refused to air replays during its television broadcast. Players from both teams knelt in prayer while Chubb was treated by medical staff.
Chubb, respected by his teammates because, as former quarterback Jacoby Brissett said, “he’s an All-Pro and acts like he’s on the practice squad,” was taken on a cart.
Jerome Ford, Chubb’s replacement, ran for 106 yards and caught a 3-yard touchdown pass for the Browns, but Cleveland’s mistakes cost it a chance to win at Pittsburgh in the regular season for the first time since 2003. The Browns beat the host Steelers. in the playoffs after the 2020 season.
Watson completed 22 of 40 for 235 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He was also flagged twice for unsportsmanlike conduct for grabbing a Steeler’s facemask while he was running. Penalties cut short two promising drives.
The Browns were penalized eight times for 81 yards and turned it over four times, two of which ended with a member of the NFL’s best rushing tandems celebrating in the end zone.
Browns RB Nick Chubb suffered a serious knee injury in the second quarter of Monday’s game.
Steelers quarterback Kenny Pickett completed 15 of 30 passes for 222 yards, one touchdown and one interception
The Steelers avoided their first 0-2 start since 2019 even as their offense continued to stutter. Kenny Pickett completed 15 of 30 passes for 222 yards, a third of them on a 71-yard touchdown run by George Pickens in the second quarter that briefly brought the Acrisure Stadium crowd to life.
Cleveland still appeared to be in good position when Ford ran 69 yards to set up Pierre Strong’s 1-yard plunge that gave the Browns a 22-19 lead midway through the third quarter.
Pittsburgh’s offense did virtually nothing for most of the second half, leading to chants from the crowd to fire coordinator Matt Canada.
Highsmith’s bull raced off the rim and Watt’s scoop-and-score saved the Steelers.
Next up: The Browns host Tennessee (1-1) next Sunday, while the Steelers travel to Las Vegas (1-1) next Sunday, where they will try to beat the Raiders on the road for the first time since 1995 .