CLEVELAND — The first half was not what Eric Mangini and Colt McCoy had in mind when they said all their attention was on beating Pittsburgh.
McCoy threw three interceptions in the first half, leading to 17 Steelers points and the Browns trail 31-3 at the half.
It didn't take long for Troy Polamalu to impose his presence as the Pro Bowl safety intercepted McCoy on the second play of the game.
Eight seconds later, Ben Roethlisberger went deep to Mike Wallace on the first play and Wallace got behind Joe Haden for the 56-yard touchdown and the Steelers led 7-0 with 14:17 to play in the first quarter.
The Steelers extended their lead to 14-0 with 6:57 to play in the first quarter as Rashard Mendenhall went in from one-yard out.
After forcing the Browns to punt, the Steelers went right back to work and Roethlisberger hit Hines Ward for a first down on third-and-seven to the 40.
Roethlisberger converted the next third down as he hit Wallace on a quick slant for 41 yards to the Browns 12 on third-and-3 as Coye Francies was giving chase. The Steelers went 71 yards in 10 plays taking 4:38 off the clock.
The Browns got on the scoreboard with 14:43 to play as Phil Dawson kicked a 19-yard field goal after moving 80 yards on 15 plays, stalling at the Steelers' two-yard line.
Three players later, McCoy hit Mohamed Massaquoi for 31 yards to the five on third-and-10. A shovel pass to Hillis moved the ball to the two. On the next two plays, McCoy rolled out and threw two passes to Robert Royal, who had his hands on both and dropped them. The Browns settled for the field goal with 14:43. The Browns had the ball for 7:14.
The Steelers answered with a second Mendenhall one-yard touchdown run to make it 21-3 with 7:51 to play in the first half. Roethlisberger got the drive going with a 10-yard run to the 40. On the next play, Roethlisberger hit Mendenhall in the flat for a 24-yard pick up to the Browns' 36.
A 16-yard pass to Emmanuel Sanders put the ball at the 16. On third-and-7, Shaun Rogers jumped offsides and the Steelers converted the first down on the next play. Two plays later, Mendenhall scored his second touchdown of the game.
The Steelers increased their lead to 28-3 with 4:53 to play in the first half as Roethlisberger hit Heath Miller with a four-yard touchdown pass, which was set up by McCoy's second interception.
After getting the ball back, McCoy tried to hit Mohamed Massaquoi, but overthrew him and Ryan Clark intercepted the pass and returned it to the Browns' 24.
On first down, Roethlisberger hit Ward over the middle for 16 yards to the eight. Two plays later, Roethlisberger hit Heath Miller for a four-yard touchdown with 4:53 to play.
McCoy was intercepted by Ryan Clark, as he overthrew Massaquoi, who returned the interception to the Browns' 24.
The Steelers added a 41-yard field goal by Shaun Suisham with 1:30 to play in the first half to make it 31-3. The score, again, was set up by an interception by McCoy, this time by Anthony Madison, who returned the ball to the Steelers' 24. The big play to set up the field goal was a 26-yard pass to Antonio Brown to the Browns' 31.
Colt's Day: QB Colt McCoy threw three interceptions in the first half. He's thrown six interceptions in his last two games as McCoy was intercepted by S Troy Polamalu on the second play of the game and by S Ryan Clark in the second quarter. The first one was a pass in TE Ben Watson's hands, but was deflected in the air and Polamalu made a diving grab. McCoy was sacked on the second series by DL Ziggy Hood. McCoy's second interception was well over the head of WR Mohamed Massaquoi. McCoy was intercepted by CB Anthony Madison late in the second quarter. McCoy was 9-of-21 for 108 yards and three interceptions in the first half.
Peyton's Play: After missing practice all week with a rib injury, RB Peyton Hillis was active, but did not play in the first two possessions. Mike Bell was used in his place. Hillis entered on the third drive with the Browns trailing 14-0 at the 6:50 mark. Hillis had five carries for 13 yards, while Bell had three carries for 17 yards.
Big Ben and Mo: WR Mohamed Massaquoi caught two passes for 45 yards, while TE Ben Watson had four catches for 41 yards.
Rogers Impact: DL Shaun Rogers jumped offsides on third-and-7 at the Browns' 8 to set up a short third-and-two situation, in which the Steelers picked up.
End of Dawson Era: K Phil Dawson played possibly his last game as member of the Browns as he's an unrestricted free agent. Dawson is the all-time franchise leader in field goals and the number three scorer all-time with 1060 points. Dawson was introduced prior to the game after introductions of the defense were made. He kicked a 19-yard field goal in the second quarter for the Browns only score.
Tackler: CB Joe Haden was the leading tackler in the first half with four tackles. The Browns had no sacks.
Ambrose, Cousineau Honored: Former Browns LBs Dick Ambrose and Tom Cousineau were introduced prior to the game. Ambrose is a judge in the Cleveland area.
Hillis, Polamalu Active: RB Peyton Hillis was active after missing all week of practice. Other inactives for the Browns: WR Jordan Norwood, WR Carlton Mitchell, DL Brian Sanford, DL Ko Quaye, WR Demetrius Williams, DL Travis Ivey and DL Jayme Mitchell. Jake Delhomme is the third QB. DL Derreck Robinson started in place of DL Brian Schaefering at right end. For the Steelers: RB Mewelde Moore, CB Crezdon Butler, OT Chris Scott, OT Tony Hills, DT Steve McLendon, DE Aaron Smith and LB Jason Worilds. Charlie Batch was the third QB.