Steelers top Browns to stay in playoff mix

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Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger passed for a touchdown in their 26-14 win over Cleveland.
Camera IconPittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger passed for a touchdown in their 26-14 win over Cleveland. Credit: AP

Ben Roethlisberger passed for a touchdown in what was likely his final home game in Pittsburgh as the Steelers kept their playoff hopes alive with a 26-14 victory over the visiting Cleveland Browns.

T.J. Watt recorded a career-high four of his team's nine sacks and took over the NFL lead with 21.5 as Pittsburgh (8-7-1) remained in the AFC wild-card mix. Watt is one sack off the official all-time record set by Michael Strahan in 2001.

The Steelers are a half-game behind the Indianapolis Colts, Las Vegas Raiders and Los Angeles Chargers, entering the final week of the regular season. The Raiders and Chargers still have to meet.

Najee Harris rushed for a career-best 188 yards on 28 carries and also broke the franchise's single-season rookie rushing record with 1,172 yards.

He surpassed Hall of Famer Franco Harris, who had 1,055 yards in 1972 when the regular season was 14 games long.

Baker Mayfield completed 16 of 38 passes for 185 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Browns (7-9), who were eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday.

David Njoku and Harrison Bryant caught touchdown passes.

Roethlisberger struggled and had a season-low 123 yards on 24-of-46 passing while being intercepted once.

Chris Boswell connected on four field goals and Alex Highsmith added two sacks as the Pittsburgh defence limited the Browns to 232 yards. The Steelers gained 299.

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