1989 Steelers 17 at Browns 7
October 15, 1989
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1989 Steelers 17 at Browns 7

The Steelers avenge their bizarre opening day blow-out in a game that, in many ways, is almost as strange. The Steelers are outgained on the ground and in the air, and are penalized 10 times for 121 yds, yet somehow emerge with an 11-minute edge in time of possession. Backup QB Todd Blackledge hits just 9 of 28 passes, but Bernie Kosar is even worse, completing a putrid 15 of 41 and suffering the only 4-INT game of his career. Adding insult to injury, Browns RBs cough up the ball 3 times.

The Steelers never trail, and although the Browns cut the deficit to 3 midway through the 4th quarter, the Steelers immediately answer when Dwight Stone takes the ensuing kickoff, breaks outside and streaks 73-yds to the Cleveland 25. With 4 minutes remaining, the Steelers convert a ballsy 4th and inches at the Cleveland 3 on a diving Blackledge QB sneak. After two Blackledge runs net zero yards, Warren Williams takes a 3rd down pitchout into the end zone to seal the win.

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