Top Ten Browns-Steelers Games

Steve King plows through the record books, finds the top Steeler games from a Browns perspective...

Rivalry games stand out from the other contests on the schedule, and as such, fans remember everything about them going back years and years.

So with Sunday's contest between the Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field looming on the horizon, here are 10 memorable games, in no particular order, for Cleveland fans:

First, for Browns fans:

*Browns 51, Steelers 0 – Sept. 9, 1989 at Pittsburgh – The Bud Carson coaching era in Cleveland began in a big way as the former Pittsburgh defensive coordinator thrashed his old boss, Chuck Noll, and handed the Steelers their most lopsided loss in history.

*Browns 27, Steelers 24 – Oct. 5, 1986 at Pittsburgh – The Browns, with the aid of Gerald "Ice Cube" McNeil's 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown just before halftime and Clay Matthews' strip of quarterback Mark Malone in Cleveland territory in the waning moments of the game, finally ended the 16-year Three Rivers Jinx and used it as a catalyst to finish 12-4 and eventually go to the AFC Championship Game.

*Browns 28, Steelers 23 – Oct. 24, 1993 at Cleveland – Eric Metcalf returned two punts for touchdowns, including one that proved to be the game-winner, as Steelers head coach Bill Cowher, who first earned his stripes coaching special teams for the Browns, steamed on the sideline. He fired his special teams coach the next day.

*Browns 26, Steelers 24 – Nov. 19, 1972 at Cleveland – Don Cockroft's 26-yard field goal in the mud and cold in the waning seconds, after he had missed from that same spot just two minutes before, won the game and kept Cleveland on a march toward gaining the AFC's lone wild-card playoff berth.

*Browns 21, Steelers 16 – Nov. 25, 1973 at Cleveland – Greg Pruitt's 19-yard TD run late in the game, set up by his long pass reception during which his speed and moves caused no less than seven missed tackles, proved to be the difference.

*Browns 37, Steelers 31, OT – Nov. 23, 1986 at Cleveland – Bernie Kosar's long TD pass to wide receiver Webster Slaughter down the Pittsburgh sideline, over Donnie Shell, gave the Browns their first overtime victory over the Steelers and the first season sweep of Pittsburgh since 1969.

*Browns 16, Steelers 15 – Nov. 14, 1999 at Pittsburgh – Phil Dawson's 39-yard field goal into a stiff wind as time expired – at the end of the field where a big door was "accidentally" left open, causing an even stiffer wind – allowed the Browns to get sweet revenge for a 43-0 pasting they had suffered at the hands of the Steelers at Cleveland in the opener. While the game in Cleveland ruined the Browns' glorious return to the field after a three-year hiatus, the contest in Pittsburgh ruined the Steelers' playoff hopes, stunning them so badly that it started them off on a six-game losing streak.

*Browns 23, Steelers 20 – Sept. 17, 2000 – The expansion Browns got their second straight win over the Steelers almost a year to the day after Pittsburgh had thumped them at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

*Browns 18, Steelers 16 – Oct. 10, 1976 at Cleveland – With quarterback Brian Sipe having been knocked out of the game – literally and figuratively – with a concussion, virtual unknown Dr. David Mays helped lead the Browns to a win over the two-time defending Super Bowl champions.

*Browns 33, Steelers 13 – Oct. 5, 2003 at Pittsburgh -- The Browns enjoyed their most lopsided win over the Steelers in 14 years and at the same time got revenge for a playoff loss at Heinz Field nine months before to the day as Tim Couch played his best game as a pro.


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