The Pittsburgh Steelers started off the season with an immaculate 11-0 record. However, most analysts and fans still doubted their ability to perform at the highest level, as they had mostly beaten teams with a losing record.
The Cleveland Browns had their fair share of ups and downs throughout the NFL season. They couldn't even beat the New York Jets and had to wait until Week 17 to clinch the final Wild Card spot in the AFC.
But, as you may know by now, every team enters the playoffs with a 0-0 record. None of the things you did in the regular season matter now, and you have to get the job done if you want to make the Super Bowl.
That's when the Steelers' Corvette crashed. They dug themselves into a 28-0 hole after one quarter and trailed 35-10 at halftime. The Browns never took their feet off the gas and demolished them 48-37 to beat them in the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.
Ben Roethlisberger completed an NFL-record 47 of 68 passes for 501 yards with 4 touchdowns but also had 4 interceptions, and controversial wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster had his best game of the season with 13 receptions for 157 yards and a score.
The Steelers spent most of the season taunting their rivals, dancing on Tik Tok, and Smith-Schuster even said that the Browns were just a bunch of 'nameless gray faces'. Now, those gray faces are moving on to the divisional round.
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This terrible loss should finally humble JuJu. He became one of the most hated players among his colleagues and the fans for his antics, his taunting, and the fact that he never truly backed it up on the gridiron.
The Steelers need to do a lot of deep digging to build on this loss. They have one of the best defenses in the league and a great coach but they must make great strides in the offense. As for Cleveland, they'll now have the tough task of facing Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs on the road.