PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger handed for 123 yards with a touchdown and an interception in seemingly his ultimate start at Heinz Space, and the Pittsburgh Steelers handled the listless Cleveland Browns 26-14 on Monday night time time to take care of their postseason hopes alive.

Pittsburgh (8-7-1) desires a win at Baltimore subsequent week blended with a loss by Indianapolis to Jacksonville to reach the playoffs for the twelfth time in Roethlisberger’s 18 seasons.

He hardly did it alone. Rookie Najee Harris ran for a career-best 188 yards and a touchdown, Chris Boswell kicked 4 topic targets and T.J. Watt sacked Baker Mayfield 4 cases to supply him 21 1/2 on the season, one in want of the NFL report set by Hall of Famer Michael Strahan in 2001.

Pittsburgh’s defence sacked Mayfield 9 cases in all as Cleveland (7-9) — which was eradicated from postseason rivalry on Sunday — inexplicably put the game on Mayfield’s tattered shoulders moderately than feed working once more Nick Chubb in the direction of the NFL’s worst rush defence.

Chubb ran 12 cases for 58 yards whereas Mayfield threw it 37 cases, ending merely 16, for 185 yards with two touchdowns and two picks, hardly making a compelling case to be the group’s long-term decision at a spot the place instability has been the norm for a few years.

Points are far completely totally different in Pittsburgh. In extra strategies than one.

Huge Ben takes a remaining lap spherical Heinz Space.

Roethlisberger, now 39, has outlined the franchise from the second he took over for an injured Tommy Maddox as a rookie two weeks into the 2004 season.

The sellout crowd roared as Roethlisberger jogged out onto the Heinz Space turf for the 100 and thirty fifth time as a result of the start quarterback and commenced chanting “Let’s Go Ben! Let’s Go Ben!” as he made his technique out for the opening coin toss. It was an honour Roethlisberger took by himself after teammates and fellow co-captains Cam Heyward and Derek Watt let him stroll to the midfield model alone.

Roethlisberger had tears in his eyes all through a postgame interview with ESPN.

“I’m in order that grateful for these followers and this place. There’s no place favor it,” he said.

Roethlisberger was cautious to stage out he had no plans to make the ultimate two video video games of his 18th season ceremonial.

The tank could also be working low, nevertheless it absolutely’s not empty, and he confirmed flashes — briefly, anyway — of the play that made him a two-time Large Bowl champion and a Hall of Famer each time he decides it’s over.

A shoulder fake proper right here. A step up throughout the pocket there. The toes don’t switch as fast as they used to. His arm doesn’t ship with the precision of the earlier. The sector-stretching heaves have been largely modified by dinks and dunks designed partly to protect him behind an offensive line that isn’t virtually as proficient as a result of the groups he led to the postseason with regularity.

But when there’s been one mounted all through Roethlisberger’s occupation, it’s been his mastery of the Browns, who famously handed over the Ohio native in favour of tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. throughout the 2004 draft.

Ben Roethlisberger now has 98 occupation wins at Heinz Space, tied with Brett Favre for the Third-most wins by a starting QB at a single venue. He trails solely Tom Brady at Gillette Stadium (135) and John Elway at Mile Extreme Stadium (104).

Roethlisberger’s victory improved his report back to 26-3-1 in the direction of Cleveland and provided a small measure of revenge decrease than a 12 months after he threw 4 interceptions in a first-round residence playoff loss to the Browns ultimate January.

That night time time was presupposed to be the launching stage for Cleveland heading into 2021. It merely hasn’t occurred. Accidents and inconsistent play from Mayfield amongst others will drive the Browns to have a look at the playoffs from residence for the 18th time throughout the ultimate 19 years.

The Steelers constructed a 13-0 profit behind Roethlisberger’s 417th occupation touchdown go, a 5-yard flip to Diontae Johnson throughout the first half that marked Pittsburgh’s first first-half touchdown since sooner than Thanksgiving.

Cleveland briefly purchased once more into it throughout the third quarter when Mayfield hit David Njoku for a 6-yard ranking, nevertheless there might be no comeback. Not with Watt bolstering his Defensive Participant of the Yr candidacy and a defence that’s been shoddy at best for lots of the ultimate two months summoning a menace it has lacked for prolonged stretches.

And Harris confirmed he can lead the Pittsburgh offence each time the post-Roethlisberger interval begins.

INJURIES

Browns: Misplaced CB Greedy Williams throughout the first half to a shoulder hurt and LB Sione Takitaki to a shoulder hurt throughout the second half. CB Denzel Ward exited throughout the third quarter with a groin topic, extra depleting a secondary already missing starting safeties Ronnie Harrison and John Johnson.

UP NEXT

Cleveland: Wraps up a disappointing season at residence on Sunday in the direction of AFC North champion Cincinnati.

Pittsburgh: Appears to brush Baltimore for the second straight season on Sunday and get a little bit of help elsewhere.

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