The Steelers looked dominant almost immediately. They didn’t waste a single down and consistently pushed forward in their first possession, even though it ended in a field goal.
It was also apparent that the Browns (and quarterback Baker Mayfield) didn’t have their best stuff. On third-and-4 during their first possession, Mayfield threw a pick-six directly to Minkah Fitzpatrick.
That series was followed by Mayfield throwing another interception, which led to another Steelers touchdown.
It wasn’t until the final four minutes of the first half that the Browns finally made a big play. Mayfield had a 36-yard pass to Austin Hooper, and ultimately hit Rashard Higgins for a touchdown to avoid leaving the first half with a goose egg on the scoreboard.
It didn’t get any better in the second half. When the Browns went for it on fourth-and-1 in the third quarter, they ran into a solid mass of Steelers knocking them back.
On the flip side, when the Steelers went for it on fourth-and-1 just a few minutes later, they converted and scored a touchdown a few plays later. The Steelers scored again on their next possession to go up 38-7 and effectively end the game.
In the final seconds of the third quarter, Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski took Mayfield out of the game and replaced him with Case Keenum. It was unclear whether Mayfield was benched or if he was just being preserved because the Steelers had such a huge lead, but Mayfield’s stats weren’t great regardless. He was 10-for-18 with 119 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.