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Steelers hold off Browns

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Associated Press
December 9, 2011
— Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger played through a painful left leg injury to lead the Steelers to a 14-3 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night.

Roethlisberger passed for 280 yards and two touchdowns, including a 79-yard scoring strike to Antonio Brown with 2:52 remaining to help the Steelers win for the eighth time in their last nine games.


Roethlisberger went to the locker room for X-rays following a second-quarter sack but returned to start the second half.


Pittsburgh (10-3) moved a half-game ahead of Baltimore in the race for the AFC North title.


Colt McCoy passed for 209 yards but also threw two interceptions for the Browns (4-9), who lost for the 15th time in their last 16 meetings with the Steelers.



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